Short courses in 2019

Our shorter courses are great for those without the luxury of five days to indulge themselves – but you’ll still benefit from a solid creative hit! Browse below for details on our 2019 courses.

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311: ceramics

Tutor: jack tilson | Fee: $280 (Incl materials $30)

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is two days long and is being run twice. Monday 6 and Tuesday 7, then Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May. 

311A: Monday & Tuesday

311B: Wednesday & Thursday

In this workshop, you’ll use locally-sourced Auckland clay and natural glaze materials to make utensils such as cups, teapots, jars or bowls. You’ll practice the mesmerising art of throwing clay on a potter’s kick-wheel to form pots slowly and organically.

You’ll learn too about hand-building techniques such as coiling to form vessels, and mix clay and wood ashes to create stunning natural glazes. And you’ll even carve a piece of wood to make your own unique potter's tool…

Jack’s Bio

Jack grew up in Dunedin and first studied ceramics at Dunedin School of Art. After moving to Auckland he graduated from Elam School of Fine Art with a MFA (First Class honours) in 2015 which focused on ceramic installation. Since graduating, Jack has exhibited across New Zealand and undertaken several artist residencies.

Jack makes ceramics from naturally occurring clay and minerals. His practice can be seen as a wide-ranging inquiry linking notions of craft, self-sufficiency and community engagement. The use of raw materials and natural energy resources links with his commitment to a sustainable practice.

Jack is fresh from the coveted Creative Studio Residency for 2017/2018 at Studio One Toi Tū in Auckland. He spent some of the ten-month residency creating a map of clay sources and exploring the intersection of technology and form.

312: knife-making

Tutor: adam fromholtz | Fee: $350 per day

PLEASE NOTE: Adam will teach three workshops: all day on Sunday 5 [this one is now full, sorry!], then either both mornings on Monday and Tuesday, or both afternoons on Monday and Tuesday.

312A: knife-making – sunday May 5, 8am-5pm *FULL*

312B: knife-making – mornings mon/tues 8am-12pm

312c: knife-making – afternoons mon/tues 1pm-5pm

This workshop will be an introduction to making knives. Designing, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale-making and sharpening are all covered. You’ll learn about the techniques and tools to get started making your own knives with minimal equipment, and you'll develop all the skills you need by making your own full-tang knife in one day.

(Note: Scales are the two pieces of material which are put together and used to make the handle of a knife. A tang, or shank, is the back portion of the blade component of a knife where it extends into the handle. Thus a full-tang knife has the blade extending the full length of the handle.) 

adam’s bio

Adam Fromholtz is one of the talented bladesmiths at Tharwa Valley Forge, a blacksmithing facility near Canberra. The forge is the largest of its type in the world and has been running since 2003. Adam began making knives at a young age but went on to work professionally in a range of technical and trade roles, including as a mechanic and metal fabricator. However, he rediscovered his passion and was able to utilise a formidable blend of technical skill and creativity to make a unique and diverse range of knives including Damascus steel art knives, Steampunk-inspired barrel knives and his signature cheese axes. Adam also works in wood, leather and plastic.