OPEN Ealing | Ceramics | Familiar Shapes

Ceramics | Familiar Shapes


Saturday 3rd February 2018 -
Saturday 24th February 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Orchard Cafe,
Singapore Road, W13 0EP


Inspired by the concepts behind UK Potter Matthew Warners “Social Objects”,

this four week course introduces you to slab building and hand finishing a simple vessel shape.


Matthews concepts (taken from I am interested in pots, tableware, functional objects. Tableware is interesting for me because of its indisputable link with food. 18th century porcelain production in Europe and the effects it had on dining culture and on studio pottery in the decades that followed fascinates me. The history of pottery is vast and is what inspires me. Pottery was at the heart of the industrial revolution and helped transform the way we live our lives. I want to inspire people think about these common objects and what they signify in everyday life.


Taking inspiration from Matthews concepts, we look back into our own lives to find an object or shape that holds a strong connection with our past or present lives. We take that memory of a shape and form it into a freestanding, slab built vessel in just 12 hours (4 weeks of 3 hour sessions).


During the first session you learn how to slab roll clay, cut and join together three shapes to make a freestanding form. Through discussion you come up with a design for a vessel shape which takes inspiration from your life and memories.


For the second session we visit the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in Southwark (Just behind Tate Modern) and see the Matthew Warner exhibition “Social Objects”


During weeks three and four we make and decorate our vessels.


The course is suitable for anyone aged 8 or older.


Fees include all materials, expert tuition, site visit and firing





About the Tutor | Corinne Scurr

Corinne has been practicing ceramics for over ten years.

Since completing a degree in Contemporary Crafts in 2010 she has developed a practice of slab building and surface decoration using textured tools and coloured ceramic slips.

Her work is mainly tile based with hand-drawn, surface designs and some freestanding multi-layered tile dioramas.

You can see more of Corinnes work online at and keep up to date with her most recent projects on Instagram: @cozzieanne, and Facebook: Corinne Anne.



Please reserve your place on line and we shall be in touch about payment options which secure your place on the this exciting course.


Adult Course
Discounted rate if you pay for the course up front.
Concession Course
Discounted rate if you pay the course up front. Rate applies to Seniors, Students, Juniors and JSAs
Adult - Pay As You Go 30.00
Concession - Pay As You Go
Rate applies to Seniors, Students, Juniors and JSAs