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Meet our new ceramics teacher!

Jennifer Conroy-Smith

Jennifer is an Artist specialising in sculptural porcelain, predominantly creating site specific installations and wall pieces. Her suspended sculptures consist of multiple hand formed pieces of porcelain, with most encompassing several hundred to thousands of individual pieces. All work is made by hand in Jennifer's studio and investigates thinness of form, light, shadow and movement through tactile forms that are inspired by the natural world. Graduating with First Class Honours in 3D Design in 2002, from Staffordshire University, UK, in the heart of the ceramic industry, Jennifer then gained a Masters Degree and moved to London managing design studios and working with a variety of clients, before establishing her own studio in London working on commissions for National and International clients. 

In addition to running the studio, Jennifer expanded her design expertise training as an Art Lecturer, and has taught in a range of educational institutes from Universities to Colleges and private tuition.  Relocating to her husband’s home town of Melbourne, Australia, Jennifer re-established the studio and creates work for clients both within Australia and Worldwide, whilst also lecturing at RMIT University.

Check out Jennifer's website and instagram.

Jennifer will be teaching three new workshops with us: Ceramic Jewellery Making, Textured Tableware, and Making from Multiples. Read a bit more about these workshops below.

Ceramic Jewellery Making Workshop

This is a beginner's hand building workshop without firing. Learn how to hand make ceramic jewellery pieces such as beads, pendants and hoops with clay, as well how to dry and waterproof them. Learn clever tricks to add colour & fabric to your designs all whilst sipping wine and eating delicious food in a cosy, and relaxing studio space in Northcote. We will also show you a variety of methods to add prints, texture and unique designs to the clay, as well as how to string them together once dry.  Leave feeling inspired to make more with what you have learnt.

Ceramic Textured Tableware

PART ONE
Hand building with clay offers endless possibilities for creating a variety forms. In this workshop students will be shown how to create unique platters and small dip bowls using stoneware clays in a variety of shapes. You will be taught hand form techniques such as rolling out the clay and using crockery moulds to help create your desired form. Various surface decoration and textures will be used to create your own unique piece, such as stamps and found objects like leaves. If you have a favourite stamp at home, please bring it with you! 

This two part workshop is ideal for those wanting an introduction to the clay making process, to develop new skills and create your own functional platter which you can take home once fired! No experience necessary, just bring your imagination! Both one-on-one & group demonstrations given by the teacher. All pieces created will be functional, dishwasher safe & food safe.

Students will be introduced to a variety of hand building techniques using stoneware clays to create a range of handmade dishes, small plates & spoons & trays. Techniques such as making slabs, using small molds & pinching will be demonstrated – rolling out clay, in addition to cutting, refining, creating rims and applying textures. Stoneware clays will be used in this workshop. All items created will be glazed by the teacher after the first firing. All glazes used are food safe and microwave safe. 

PART TWO
Participants are invited to return for a two hour glazing workshop following the firing of their clay pieces. You will be taken through correct brush techniques for a professional finish and will be able to see your work transformed with beautiful gloss colour glaze. 

Ceramic Workshop - Making from Multiples

PART ONE
Hand building with clay offers endless possibilities for creating a variety forms. In this two part workshop students will be shown how to create unique vessels by focusing on one main technique - making one large piece by joining multiple smaller shapes. This workshop will allow us to study the technique in depth, and end with finished pieces much more creative than your standard pinch pot! No experience necessary, just bring your imagination! Both one-on-one & group demonstrations given by the teacher, an artist currently working in this method. 

PART TWO
Participants are invited to return for a 2 hour glazing workshop following the firing of their clay pieces. You will be taken through correct brush techniques for a professional finish and will be able to see your work transformed with beautiful gloss colour glaze. 

 

We very much look forward to Jennifer joining our team. For dates, times and prices of each workshop, please view our online calendar

Laura Issell