Friday, December 10, 2010

An opportunity for experienced clay workers

The Head Teacher of the Gymea TAFE Ceramic Design Studio is calling for an expression of interest from experienced clay workers who might be interested in a special course in 2011.

More details follow.  Please contact the Head Teacher directly.  TAFE closes for the Christmas break but returns in January.

Hi Everyone,
I am proposing to run a special Ceramic Master Class (Design and Research Program) starting in 2011.  This would be a non-government funded course so any Centrelink exemption would not apply but it will be a wonderful opportunity for advanced guided assistance that can be tailored to the individual participants.
At this stage based on 10 - 12 people I estimate an intensive 10 week 6 hour class would cost approximately $450 - $500.

This would include 6 vouchers to be used for clay, plaster or casting
slip with glaze and firing costs for the clay included (further
vouchers for materials can be purchased if required). 
If we have enough people indicating interest then I would have a meeting to further explain the aims and objectives of the class and the group could discuss their needs so that we could tailor the program and determine the most suitable specialist teacher(s). Participants would ideally be Diploma and above graduates or have a portfolio demonstrating a sound grounding in ceramics. 
Participants would receive a Certificate of Attainment for each 10 week block and receive extensive feedback but no compulsory formal graded assessment requirements. 
Participants would be given freedom to explore their own ideas with the specialist teacher(s) and group structure providing expert advice, friendship, motivation, stimulation and full access to studio equipment would be provided.
In order to keep fees as low as possible this pricing structure does not make provision for the costs of high production quantities as this program is not to be seen as a firing service but rather a unique opportunity to resolve designs, experiment with surface techniques and create high quality one-off pieces that may be exhibited or entered into competitions.
It could also be a platform to resolve designs which could then be mass produced within your own studio.
Although this is a trial we are looking to provide further opportunities with the possibility of up to 3 x 10 week courses per year and based on feedback these may also include advanced workshops on specific areas of ceramics.
Please feel free to promote this program to friends and colleagues.
Marian Howell
Head Teacher, Ceramics
TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute, Building A, Cnr The Kingsway& Hotham Road, Gymea Campus NSW 2227
P: (02) 9710 5048 | F: (02) 9710 5026 |
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1 comment:

  1. Vacancies exist for this course in Term 2 2011 starting after Easter. Same contact number applies but now see Acting Head Teacher, Cath Fogarty - email: