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mouldmaking/slipcasting workshop with Taz Pollard/Nicola Crocker


Thursday 6th October 2016, 11-4pm
North Devon Ceramics Academy and Studio, Unit 3 Woodlands Enterprise Centre, Pathfields Industrial Estate, South Molton, North Devon. EX36 3BY

Many members know Nicola and Taz as very active members and supporters of the Association. Nicola was our Secretary for some years and Taz was one of the main inspirations behind our very successful 20th Anniversary exhibition in 2013 at Petroc college. They set up and run their popular teaching workshop in South Molton where they also produce their own distinctive work.

They have very kindly agreed to run a mould making and slip casting workshop for us at NDCA in October, demonstrating slip casting and making a one piece plaster mould using different methods including: cottling; mod-rock, using a clay form and casting stamps. Participants will get their own plaster stamp to take home.

This workshop is now full

Formal ceramics courses in colleges across the country have been significantly reduced, particularly at degree level, and this has resulted in a marked reduction of opportunities for people to learn the subject. As a result of this, and because of their enthusiasm to inspire a new generation of potters, Nicola and Taz set up their North Devon Ceramics Academy in 2014 and their work has flourished.

Taz is an award-winning potter who obtained an MA in 2013, and Nicola, who studied for her degree under Taz, share a vision for teaching ceramics. Their mix of short courses, evening classes, taster sessions and group workshops is producing plenty of interest. “People seem really excited that there is a pottery studio offering lessons in the area,” says Nicola, while Taz’s experience as a qualified teacher and both being practising artists, means the lessons are professionally taught in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The classes have been made possible by the pair’s decision to base themselves in modern workshops at the Woodlands Enterprise Centre on the edge of South Molton. Designed and built by North Devon Council as an eco-friendly suite of workshops with a business centre attached, the move to Woodlands has enabled Taz and Nicola to have the additional space to achieve the things they wanted, after having run their pottery businesses from home for some time.

In Taz’s case these included increasing production for her new range of Bite Me tableware and the ability to produce larger individual pieces for the bespoke art market, while Nicola’s range of garden sculpture has also benefited from the greater capacity of the studio and of the bigger kilns they have been able to install.
It also means that they are working in a community of small businesses whose work has proved to be surprisingly complementary.

We are very grateful to Tony Worthington who has made all the preliminary arrangements with Nicola and Taz, as well as to them for running the day.

John Watson

As this will be an active workshop, numbers have been limited to 12 participants.
Parking: Please indicate if you have restricted mobility
Activity organised by Karen Edwards, 24 Stonewell Drive, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5DW 01934 834292 07949 460897