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Ceramic Greek Plates


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Join ceramicist Helen Friend in designing and creating a ceramic plate inspired by John Craxton’s love of dance and Greece.

Kick off the day with a visit to the exhibition, John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey, where you will explore Craxton’s adoration for dance and Greek culture. Returning to the Studio, you will channel your inspiration into a unique plate design.

Using circular card templates, you’ll shape a slab with red terracotta clay, incorporating base relief details to give texture and form to your plate’s surface. Elevate your creation with the addition of coloured slips, then with Helen’s guidance use sgraffito techniques to refine and embellish your work.

Helen will have your final piece biscuit fired and ready for collection within three weeks of the workshop’s completion.

Embark on this creative journey with us! Explore the art of crafting base reliefs, master the fundamentals of sgraffito, and discover the magic of using slips to infuse vibrant colours into your plate. Leave the workshop with a one-of-a-kind work of art to cherish in the comfort of your own home.

Book your place

The workshop costs £65 and also grants you access to the Gallery and our current exhibitions.

During the day, there will be a self-service tea and coffee station to keep you refreshed and you will have a lunch break with the option to indulge in one of our scrumptious lunch boxes courtesy of Pallant Café.

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Artist educator - Helen Friend

Helen is an inspirational and accomplished artist and teacher who is passionate about the arts. She has always immersed herself fully in the creative world, working in both galleries and schools, as well as creating her own work.

Helen has taught art in a range of secondary schools to all levels and abilities. She has recently left a full-time teaching position as Head of Art to focus on her own art practice of ceramics.

The biggest influence on Helen’s own work has been nature and landscape. She uses the process of Raku, where the clay comes together with fire and water to produce dramatic and unexpected results.