IGNITE: Makers

IGNITE: Makers participants sit together in a workshop

IGNITE: Makers

Building skills and side-by-side making

When: 11am-1pm Thursdays

Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT and other locations as advised

Cost: Free

Access information: Access at Belco Arts (PDF)

Participation: 10 people

Contact: IGNITE Programs Officer, Heidi Lefebvre – heidi@belcoarts.com.au

IGNITE: Makers is a hands-on creative learning experience, facilitated by professional artist tutors. Classes take place in one of Belconnen Arts Centre’s accessible workshops. IGNITE: Makers is part of a suite of accessible arts learning and development opportunities for people with lived experience of disability, mental health issues, the d/Deaf and HOH (Hard of Hearing). Participants are supported to build new skills, develop confidence in and reflect on their own creative practice. IGNITE: Makers develop their full artistic potential in their own way and time. Workshops include drawing, painting, ceramics, craft, sculpture and writing to support creative outcomes, including creating work for exhibition.

Introduction to Clay Hand-Building

Introduction to Clay Hand-Building

With Kate Stevens

11am-1pm Thursdays

8 July – 12 August 2021


This 6-week workshop is for beginners to develop their skills in working with air-dry clay. Over the course of this workshop, artists will explore the three main hand-building techniques: pinch pots, coil building and slab building. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the making process from start to finish and to work on their own personal projects, taking their personalised work home at the end of the course.

Workshop Content

Week 1 (8 Jul)
Introduction to clay: making pinch pots.

Week 2 (15 Jul)
Focus on the coiling method.

Week 3 (22 Jul)
Considering the details: all about planning and design. Introduction to slab-building.

Week 4 (29 Jul)
Let your creativity run wild and work on your own project, based on the three hand-building techniques learned.

Week 5 (5 Aug)
Intro to glazing and decorating, applying these techniques to our pieces.

Week 6 (12 Aug)
Completing pieces, how to take your work with clay further, and sharing our learning and work from the workshop.

Kate Stevens

About Kate Stevens

Kate Stevens is a ceramicist currently based in Canberra, on Ngunnawal Country. Kate makes functional, small-batch pottery out of her studio at ANCA Mitchell, with a focus on wheel-thrown and hand-built work.

Kate teaches workshops in wheel-throwing and hand-building, and loves sharing the process and many benefits of working with a beautiful medium like clay.

More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.