Hands on Workshop - Full and Half Day
Venue: Island Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we do not have any workshops planned at the moment. We will advertise the next workshop dates on our Facebook and Instagram pages and notify members via email.
As ever, if you have any requests for a workshop on a particular skill, please let us know by writing to
The workshops take place on Saturdays from 10am -5pm (full day) or 1pm - 5 pm (half day) with registration from 9.15am or 12.30pm respectively at Island Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.
The courses will be suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their existing knowledge, unless otherwise stated.
Full Day Cost:
€75 Members €95 non-members
Half Day Cost:
€45 Members €55 non-members
Includes: tuition, materials, lunch, tea/coffee
Below are an example of the workshops that we run. We would need a minimum of 6 participants per workshop in order for them to go ahead. These workshops run concurrently on the day so you can only sign up for one. However, you will be able to have a look at the others and chat with the other participants.
Throwing Workshop - Full or Half Day
This is a one day workshop with an emphasis on hands on experience of throwing demonstrated by the tutor. Participants will have access to electric potter’s wheels and the workshop would suit all levels of experience.
an apron, plastic jug, sponge, wire, metal and rubber kidneys and any other throwing tools you may require
Clay will be provided.
UNDERSTANDING GLAZES WORKSHOP
This is a one day workshop with an emphasis on hands on experience of glaze materials and glazes. Some basic glaze chemistry will be covered. Participants will have access to an extensive glaze library, research lab and test firing facilities.
Raw materials, what they are and their function within a glaze recipe.
The role metallic oxides and stains play in the colouration of glazes.
Mixing a glaze recipe.
Applying a glaze.
Test firing glazes.
Volumetric line blending techniques
Firing in a rocket kiln. Bring your own biscuit fired pieces or use those supplied, to glaze and fire.
Please bring: 2/4 small stoneware bisque pieces, an apron, sponge and any other tools you may require
Raku Firing Techniques - Full or Half Day
Please bring: 4/6 small smooth stoneware bisque pieces
Raku Firing in gas fired Top Hat Raku Kiln. Bring your own biscuit fired pieces (smooth surfaced pieces work best) or use those supplied, we will use white and turquoise crackle glazes. Raku glazes will be provided and glazing and masking techniques demonstrated.
This workshop will involve post firing reduction to achieve a variety of surface qualities, participants will have the opportunity to glaze and fire work in 2/3 firings.
Please bring: 4/6 small smooth stoneware bisque pieces, an apron, sponge, some brushes, notebook and any other tools you feel you require.