Ceramic Furniture Intensive Workshop

  • Master ceramic furniture construction
  • Hands-on ceramics experience
  • Includes clay and lunches
  • Duration: 3 days, 18 hours
  • ONLY ONE WORKSHOP: 27 - 29 September 2024
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    Ceramic Furniture Workshop Barcelona

    A unique three day course of teaching and studio work learning to make ceramic furniture.

    Led by visiting instructor Austin Coudriet a long term artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts located in Helena, Montana, USA.

    Your teacher, Austin, will lead during this 18 hour course over 3 days.

    Sign-up on your own or with a friend - this is an open, friendly environment.

    This intensive workshop is for intermediate or advanced ceramicists. It is not appropriate for beginning students.

    Clay and lunches are included. A list of a few useful tools to bring is provided after registration. We’ll have an apron ready for you. Each student can build one piece of ceramic furniture.

    Instruction is in English with Spanish translation based on your preferences.

    What you’ll learn and what we’ll do.

    In this hands-on workshop you will create a piece of ceramic furniture. Learn Austin’s coil and slab-building techniques with an emphasis on moisture control and proper attachment styles. Austin will instruct on where, when, and how to add internal supports for optimal weight distribution for each piece of furniture.

    You will learn how to enclose forms, construct shrink slabs, properly slow dry each piece of furniture, and how to move and fire finished works.

    Barcelona Ceramic Furniture

    3 days, 6 hours a day
    27 - 29 September, Friday - Sunday
    10:00 - 14:00, 15:00 - 17:00 an hour break for lunch (included)
    This is an in person, interactive, hands-on workshop.


    Workshop location

    The workshop takes place at the artisan ceramics studio of Taller Gingell in downtown Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. Located in the Poble-sec neighbourhood next to Montjuic Park. The studio is about a ten minute walk to the Barcelona city center, port of Barcelona and Olympic Stadium. Accommodation recommendations are available on request.

    Workshop description

    Day 1: Presentation, Design, Maquettes, Furniture beginnings

    • Presentation, Austin’s work slide introduction.
    • Slab shrinkage and interior structure presentation.
    • Students bring drawings/ images, furniture ideas. The furniture to construct should not be more than 45 cm x 45 cm x 65 cm if you wish to have your piece kiln fired.
    • Students sketch 5- 7 designs, Austin will talk about what tables will be the most successful for first time table makers.
    • Conversation about the purpose of the workshop and the learning process.
    • Miniatures/Maquettes: spend one hour quickly sculpting 2 or 3 of the sketched designs.
    • Start of furniture: base slabs and coil building.
    • Proper building methods and on how each table should be built.
    • The best way to roll and compress slabs to prevent warping, sinking, and cracking.
    • The best way to roll coils and how to attach them for optimal strength and to maximise time efficiency.

    Day 2: Furniture Fabrication

    • This day is the main building day.
    • Instruction on internal supports and ensure that all tables have the proper supports in the appropriate places.
    • Coil compression and building.
    • Instruction on how to close the table, and how to flip over a table.
    • Refine maquettes if students would like to keep them.

    Day 3: Surface, refinement, Completion, Drying, Firing, Surface Finish Talk

    • Refine tables, close up any openings.
    • Flip tables when ready.
    • Instruction on smoothing and or surface texture.
    • Drying process, talk about how to successfully dry a piece and prepare pieces for drying.
    • Firing schedules.
    • Surface finish options for large furniture.
    Mobles de ceràmica

    What’s included?

    ✓ Aprons

    ✓ Basic Ceramic Modeling Tools

    ✓ Stoneware Clay, 50 kilograms

    ✓ Group Lunches

    ✓ WIFI

    More information

    • A list of a few additional tools we recommend students bring is provided after registration.
    • Packing and shipping with DHL is not included but available at an additional cost.
    • Kiln firing (bisque) is available at an additional cost. Pieces must be smaller than 45 cm x 45 cm x 65 cm.

    ONLY ONE WORKSHOP: 27 - 29 September 2024

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