Ceramics courses in Hobart, Tasmania, are available at the Tasmanian Polytechnic. The ceramics studio is now located at the Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart.
Students are introduced to basic clay working techniques. Beginning with simple hand building processes that make use of coils, slabs and extrusions, students then move on to the more sophisticated processes for which this studio is renowned – throwing and slip casting.
Creating forms on the wheel requires preparation and practice. However once the student develops the skill of forming basic shapes on the wheel, a world of exciting possibilities and dramatic forms opens with this fast and flexible way of creating both functional vessels and sculptural components.
Slip casting, too, is a captivating process. Plaster moulds - designed and made by the students themselves - are filled with liquid clay or “slip”. A thin wall of clay forms on the inner surface of the mould and when sufficient time has elapsed, the surplus slip is poured off. The result is a range of lush and dynamic forms that can be assembled in any number of ways.
Historically ceramics is seen as being among the most powerful mediums through which artists have expressed their creativity. The course continues that tradition. Not only are students well versed in the techniques of ceramics, they are actively encouraged to express their individuality and develop their own unique style through clay.
Ceramics studio and raku firing photographed by Diploma of Photoimaging students Kathleen Baird, Odessa Barwick,Leesa Harrison and Karen Weltman-Jansen.