This course will be a basic introductory to wheel throwing techniques. Students will learn the basics of wheel-thrown and the whole process of handmade ceramics and will take with them their first pieces that they will make with their hands.
The outcome of this workshop is the experience gained while freely building clay pieces that will be functional for the participants, making while enjoying the process, and improving the tactile experience of the participants with the intent to shift the focus onto the process rather than the outcome alone.
Please be noted that the class is flexible and depending on the speed of the participants, the itinerary will be adjusted:
1. A brief introduction to pottery: Short history– types of clay, pottery rules, ceramic art styles, and wheel techniques.
2. Class demonstration to show the participants different ways of preparing the clay (getting ready before sitting on the wheel).
3. Demonstration on the wheel– centering the clay, then opening, closing, building different shapes and forms such as cylinders, etc.
4. Participants will be given blank pages to freely illustrate their ideas.
5. Participants will start to prepare their clay pieces and center with the help of the instructor and build simple shapes on the wheels, and cover their pieces for the next class.
6. Demo on how to trim the clay pieces– introduce trimming techniques. Then participants will trim their own pieces.
7. Participants will be given a chance to draw their piece again after which they will take the drawn form from the page and reimagine them as three-dimensional forms on the wheels.
8. In this class, participants will spend 30 minutes to demonstrate and illustrate their final pieces with colors while thinking critically– the look and feel of the design outcome, the method of carrying the pieces, the way it is used, etc.
9. Introduction to bisque fire, (different firing temperature and the effects). Participants will be shown the difference between fired and unfired clay, glazed pieces and will be given a brief introduction to glazing techniques.
10. Demo on glazing. The participant will then start applying glazes to their fired pieces (each student will have +6 pieces to glaze and take away from the class).
11. Critique, class presentation, the conclusion of the course, photoshoots.
12. Students will collect their ceramic pieces and their certificates after one week.
Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.
Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.
On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.
Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:
Born and raised in Doha, Noora Melhim is an interdisciplinary designer based in Qatar. She graduated from MFA in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in May, 2019. Melhim holds a Bachler of Arts in Graphic Design from the same university. Her research involves making and prototyping using various, both analog and digital, media. Her design work explores regional crafts and cultural experiences that are applied using a multidisciplinary approach for creating innovative and sustainable interventions to current issues.