DAB Coye about ce­ram­ics

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

GET your hands dirty and learn how to cre­ate ceramic art­work with Dou­glas Arts Base’s new­est teacher, Cow Bay lo­cal Ch­eryl Coye.

DAB has on of­fer a Be­gin­ners Pot­tery Course, which starts this Satur­day from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and runs for five weeks.

Hav­ing been in­volved in ce­ram­ics for six­teen years and teach­ing in Nor­man­ton, Thurs­day Is­land and in Cairns, Ch­eryl is an ex­pe­ri­enced and pro­fes­sional teacher and artist.

“I’ve done quite a few dif­fer­ent teach­ing gigs, es­pe­cially teach­ing be­gin­ners and I re­ally like in­tro cour­ses be­cause it’s a chal­lenge - it’s up to you how in­ter­ested peo­ple get,” she said.

“I’m hop­ing by the end peo­ple can come away with a few of their own designs in each of the tech­niques we will be delv­ing into.

“There’ll be very sim­ple dec­o­ra­tion tech­niques and ba­sic stuff, keep­ing it fun.”

The in­tro­duc­tory level course will go through ba­sic hand-build­ing tech­niques, mak­ing pinch pots and in­tro­duc­ing stu­dents to clay types and dif­fer­ent tech­niques.

“It’s about get­ting them ex­cited, show­ing them the pos­si­bil­i­ties of clay and clay types and what they’re ca­pa­ble of,” Ch­eryl said.

“Teach­ing them lit­tle tech­ni­cal things but mainly just hav­ing a play and get­ting their hands dirty and get­ting peo­ple to un­der­stand the pos­si­bil­i­ties of clay.

“It’s a very pli­able easy medium and there’s a lot of scope for mis­takes that’s why I like it.

“The earth­i­ness of it pulls a lot of peo­ple in, once peo­ple get their fin­gers in it, you can be re­ally messy and cre­ate re­ally del­i­cate in­ter­act designs or keep it as ba­sic as pos­si­ble.”

If stu­dents wish to con­tinue and if ex­pe­ri­enced pot­ters want to join, the Satur­day af­ter­noon ses­sions will con­tinue af­ter the five-week course fin­ishes, con­tact DAB on 4098 3337, email info@dab­moss­man.com or visit them at 11 Mill St for more in­for­ma­tion.

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