DAB Coye about ceramics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at 11 Mill St for more information.