Pottery at Tŷ Croeso
Pottery Classes at Tŷ Croeso on Saturday Afternoons
I have been running pottery classes for several years starting at “The Loft” and continuing at “Tŷ Croeso”. Facilities at “The loft” were quite limited and the room where we met was quite small. Attendance tended to be one or two people at the most. However we managed to keep going for a period of years.
Then came the move to Tŷ Croeso with a dedicated art/craft/pottery room. There is more storage space for materials and also shelf space for work when it is drying. The class has gone from strength to strength and now there are 5 to 7 people attending each week. There is a lot of chatting and laughter and members seem to enjoy the class very much.I have been running pottery classes for several years starting at “The Loft” and continuing at “Tŷ Croeso”. Facilities at “The Loft” were quite limited and the room where we met was quite small. Attendance tended to be one or two people at the most. However we managed to keep going for a period of years.
We do hand building of pottery (not throwing on a wheel):-
Techniques include thumb pots, coiling, slab work and modelling of figures etc.
The work has to dry on the shelves at “Tŷ Croeso” until bone dry. Then I pack the work into boxes and transport them to Bronllys Hospital, where Martin Craddock, the potter , fires them in the kiln on the AMI unit. I also collect the work that has been fired and return it to “Tŷ Croeso”.
Pots that have had their first firing (biscuit) need glazing (“painting”), which we brush on from little containers. We have built up a good range of glazes and using test pieces members choose their colours.
The pots go back to Martin for their second firing (glaze). When these pots return they are finished and ready for members to take home – the exciting stage.
Members have been making a donation towards the cost of materials, when they have a pot ready to take home – the amount depending on the size of the pot.
Members are becoming more ambitious inspired by each other and the pots are becoming bigger and more plentiful.
Members have now started to contribute a small amount of money each week towards the cost of clay and glazes. This shows how much they value the class and want it to continue.