Ready for a new experience with clay?

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The Touching Clay program for June is out!

In three self-contained Ceramic Workshops you have the possibility to build plant pots in different ways with your own unique style and colourful jars with lids whose variety can be as vast as your phantasy.

 

1. Plant Pots with Engobe & Scratching

16/6/2024 Sunday,   10:00-16:00  with a break for lunch which I will provide.
22/6/2024 Saturday, 10:00-12:00  painting and scratching the design.

A unique plant pot for your garden, terrace and indoor spaces.

 

We build round, oval or square pots by using the slab technique. I will show and explain this technique to you step by step. Having done the basic construction, we can put on feet and adjust the rim to give it some more character. On the second class we will paint a layer of engobe on the surface of the pots and scratch a design we like into it. Afterwards the pots get dried, fired, glazed with a transparent glaze and fired a second time.

Find some examples of the finished pieces in the photo gallery here.

 

2. Colourful Jars with Lids

23/6/2024 Sunday,   10:00-17:00  with break for lunch which I will provide.
29/6/2024 Saturday, 10:00-13:00  painting our pieces before they get fired and glazed.

There are many possibilities of different shapes and colours to design your own unique jar. I will show and explain step by step an easy way for beginners and also more advanced ways. On Sunday we build and form the jars and the lids and on the following Saturday we give our pieces a colourful coating with engobes which have to be put on before the first firing. After the firing I will glaze them with shiny or matt transparent glaze, whatever you decided for each of your pieces, and then fire them a second time.

Get an idea from the photo gallery here.

 

3. Plant Pots with Stamps

28/6/2024 Friday, 10:00-17:00  with a break for lunch which I will provide.

Before we put the parts (bottom, sides, feet etc.) together we make decorative imprints with stamps or whatever can be used as stamps such as flowers, leaves, textiles, buttons, pen lids, just anything you can think of.

These pots will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay and for a more contrasty effect I will treat them after the first firing either with a white or a dark colour (as you prefer) before firing them the second time with transparent glaze on the inside if you wish.

 

For all three workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, engobe, glaze, stamps…) as well as the firing and lunch are provided. For the Plant Pot with Stamps Workshop you can also bring supplementary stamps or things you want to use as stamps.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or email me at schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

Have a happy and creative month of June!

 

 

 

 

Summer Time

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In the months of April and May I will be busy with other occupations than pottery and there won’t be any ceramic workshops. But during June, July and August I’m happy to come together for a creative time in my little pottery atelier, to put hands on clay and to explore the different facets of this beautiful material.

As soon as I have set a new program of ceramic workshops I will announce it here on this site. To get informed by email you can also subscribe here.

If you are interested in building your own little group, you can contact me to arrange a date, the duration of the workshop as well as the subject of course.

Hope to see you sometime this summer.

Stay fresh and inspired!

 

 

Four Workshops devoted to Sculpting

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Happy and Creative New Year!

Let’s start the New Year with SCULPTING – sculpting faces, sculpting animals, sculpting the human body and sculpting reliefs. Each subject for itself is vast in possibilities and styles.

The process of building a sculpture has its very own way. It’s often full of changes along the run and not seldom with surprises, you are never really sure about the outcome. I think most of the magic lies exactly in there. As Christian Morgenstern’s quote says:

Jede Schöpfung ist ein Wagnis. – Every creation is a risk.

The motivating part is, that you really don’t need any experience or special abilities to be able to sculpt with clay.

Here is the program:

1. Sculpting Faces 

27/1/2024 Saturday,   10:00-14:00

The subject of this workshop will be the human face. All levels are welcome. It is amazing how a lump of clay turns step by step into something almost alive….and it doesn’t matter how realistic nose, mouth, eyes are formed. They get their own life and expression anyway and turn into something very personal and unique.

We will use the local red clay and leave the fired pieces in terracotta colour.

Here you can see pieces from past Modelling Faces Workshops.

 

2. Sculpting a Relief Picture

28/1/2024 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

10/2/2024 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting and finishing the relief.

In this workshop we transform an idea or an image that we like into a three-dimensional picture. It could be a portrait, a landscape, a plant or animal, a mandala or just anything that you can imagine. There are no limits! After the pieces are fired we will meet again and paint them with acrylics.
Here you can find pictures of some examples.

 

3. Sculpting Animals

4/2/2024 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

This workshop is devoted to sculpting animals – any kind of animals existing on earth, in dreamland or in our fantasy. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt an animal figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished pieces will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

 

4. Sculpting the Human Body

11/2/2024 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

This workshop is devoted to sculpting the human body. After a short study of proportions of the human body and some examples of different kinds of sculptures we shape and model our own figure. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt a figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished sculptures will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

 

Each workshop is self-contained but of course you can attend more than one.

For all workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, acrylic paints etc) as well as the firing and lunch are provided.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or email me at schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

 

 

Sculpting Animals

This workshop is devoted to sculpting animals – any kind of animals existing on earth, in dreamland or in our fantasy. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt an animal figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished pieces will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

17/12/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

  • All the necessary materials as well as the firing and lunch are provided.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or write an email to schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

 

Ceramic Workshops in November 2023

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It’s time for Touching Clay! This November there are four different subjects to be explored:

  1. Plant Pots with Stamps and Imprints
  2. Colourful Jars with Lids
  3. Clay Meditation & Creating a Treasure Box
  4. Sculpting the Human Body

Each workshop is self-contained and you can attend one or two or all of them. Make sure that if there are two dates for one subject you are able to participate on both days in order to finish your pieces of pottery.

 

1. Beautiful decorated plant pots…

…for your garden, terrace and indoor spaces.

Before we put the parts (bottom, sides, feet etc.) together we make decorative imprints with stamps or whatever can be used as stamps such as flowers, leaves, textiles, buttons, pen lids, just anything you can think of.

These pots will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay and for a more contrasty effect I will treat them after the first firing either with a white or a dark colour (as you prefer) before firing them the second time with transparent glaze on the inside if you wish.

5/11/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

Here you find a variety of plant pots that we made in past workshops.

 

2. Colourful Jars with Lids

For organizing small things with a personal touch. A jar to store your jewellery, a jar to put cookies, chocolates or to present nuts or olives on a table.

There are many possibilities of different shapes and colours to design your own unique jar. I will show and explain step by step an easy way for beginners and also more advanced ways. On the first day we build and form the jars and the lids and on the following class we give our pieces a colourful coating with engobes which have to be put on before the first firing. After the firing I will glaze them with shiny or matt transparent glaze, whatever you decide for each of your pieces, and then fire them a second time.

11/11/2023 Saturday,   10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.
18/11/2023 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting our pieces before they get fired and glazed.

Get an idea from the photo gallery here.

 

3. Clay Meditation & Creating your unique Treasure Box

This half day ceramic workshop is for anybody who likes to experience the beauty and magic of the natural material clay. If it’s your first time touching clay or not doesn’t matter – there is something in it for everyone.

The four hours consist of three parts:

  • Experiencing the material clay in a playful way
  • Clay Meditation
  • Creating your own little unique Treasure Box

Your Treasure Box will be fired and glazed with a transparent glaze inside. It will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay with a whitish wash.

25/11/2023 Saturday, 9:30-13:30

 

4. Sculpting the Human Body

This workshop is devoted to sculpting. After a short study of proportions of the human body and some examples of different kinds of sculptures we shape and model our own figure. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt a figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished sculptures will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

26/11/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

 

For all workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, coatings, glazes, engobes etc) as well as the firing and lunch are provided.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or write an email to schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

 

New dates for Ceramic Workshops coming soon

February passed way too fast! I’m happy though that we got a lot out of the four Ceramic Workshops and the Pottery Class. It was again very inspiring and so much fun. Thanks to you all.

A next series of workshops is in planning. If you’d like to get informed when new dates are announced, you can subscribe here.

Meanwhile, have a look at some impressions of our last workshops and classes and our finished pieces!

By the way, you don’t need to wait for new dates to come out. If you are a small group of 4 to 6 persons, you can also contact me to arrange a date for a workshop or class.

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Workshops in February 2023

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I hope you had a nice and joyful start into the New Year and you are full of energy, motivation and inspiration!

The series of workshops last November and December were a real treat to me. They let me finish the old year with a great feeling of satisfaction and gratitude. In the six independent workshops we worked with clay in many different ways –  from simply playing and exploring the material, constructing and painting colourful jars with lids, sculpting the human body, scratching designs into white layers of engobe and modelling faces to finding the connection to our inner world through clay meditation. All together a vast spectrum of doing pottery. I tried to catch some moments with the camera. You can find the pictures in the gallery.

I’m very happy to announce the next series of workshops which will take place in February. There will be four self-contained workshops with the following subjects:

  1. Modelling Faces
  2. Relief
  3. Lamps and Fragrance Oil Burners
  4. Sculpting the Human Body

Workshop 1: Modelling Faces

4/2/2023 Sunday,   10:00-14:00 

The subject of this workshop will be the human face. All levels are welcome. It is amazing how a lump of clay turns step by step into something almost alive….and it doesn’t matter how realistic nose, mouth, eyes are formed. They get their own life and expression anyway and turn into something very personal and unique.

We will use the local red clay and leave the fired pieces in terracotta colour.

Here you can see pieces from past Modelling Faces Workshops.

 

Workshop 2: Building a Relief Picture

5/2/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

26/2/2023 Sunday, 10:00-13:00 painting and finishing the relief.

In this workshop we transform an idea or an image that we like into a three-dimensional picture. It could be a portrait, a landscape, a plant or animal, a mandala or just anything that you can imagine. There are no limits! After the pieces are fired we will meet again and paint them with acrylics.
Here you can find pictures of some examples.

 

 

Workshop 3: Lamps and Fragrance Oil Burners

12/2/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.
18/2/2023 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting our pieces before they get fired and glazed.

For creating a nice and warm atmosphere with a special candle lighting and filling the room with beautiful fragrances.

There are different shapes and types of fragrance and other lamps that we will design and build by using templates and following step by step demonstrations. An entire Sunday will give us enough time for more than one project. On the following Saturday we give our pieces a colourful coating with engobes which have to be put on before the first firing. After the firing I will glaze them with shiny or matt transparent glaze, whatever you decided for each of your pieces, and then fire them a second time.

 

Workshop 4: Sculpting the Human Body

19/2/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

This workshop is devoted to sculpting. After a short study of proportions of the human body and some examples of different kinds of sculptures we shape and model our own figure. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt a figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished sculptures will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

 

For all workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, coatings, glazes, acrylic paints etc) as well as the firing and lunch are provided.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or write an email to schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

 

New Series of Workshops

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Six Ceramic Workshops are awaiting you this November and December!

Each one is self-contained but of course you can attend more than one. Make sure that if there are two dates for one subject you are able to participate on both days in order to finish your pieces of pottery.

 

  1. Colourful Jars with Lids
  2. Sculpting the Human Body
  3. Plant Pots with Engobe & Scratching
  4. Mobile – Art Decor to Hang
  5. Clay Meditation & Creating a Treasure Box
  6. Modelling Faces

 

Workshop 1: Colourful Jars with Lids

13/11/2022 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.
19/11/2022 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting our pieces before they get fired and glazed.

 

For organizing small things with a personal touch. A jar to store your jewellery, a jar to put cookies, chocolates or to present nuts or olives on a table.

There are many possibilities of different shapes and colours to design your own unique jar. I will show and explain step by step an easy way for beginners and also more advanced ways. On the first day we build and form the jars and the lids and on the following class we give our pieces a colourful coating with engobes which have to be put on before the first firing. After the firing I will glaze them with shiny or matt transparent glaze, whatever you decide for each of your pieces, and then fire them a second time.

Get an idea from the photo gallery here.

 

Workshop 2: Sculpting the Human Body

20/11/2022 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

This workshop is devoted to sculpting. After a short study of proportions of the human body and some examples of different kinds of sculptures we shape and model our own figure. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract….
My intention is to help everyone finding an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt a figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished sculptures will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

 

Workshop 3: Plant Pots with Engobe & Scratching

27/11/2022 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

3/12/2022 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting and scratching the design.

A unique plant pot for your garden, terrace and indoor spaces.

We build round, oval or square pots by using the slab technique. I will show and explain this technique to you step by step. Having done the basic construction, we can put on feet and adjust the rim to give it some more character. On the second class we will paint a layer of engobe on the surface of the pots and scratch a design we like into it. Afterwards the pots get dried, fired, glazed with a transparent glaze and fired a second time.

Find some examples in the photo gallery here.

 

Workshop 4: Mobile

4/12/2022 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.
14/12/2022 Wednesday, 17:00-20:00 painting and putting together the mobile.

We make mobiles or any kind of art decor you can hang from the ceiling, on a wall, in a tree or on your balcony.

On the first day we build decorative pieces of different shapes and sizes out of clay and after the drying and firing process we meet again to decorate the pieces with acrylic paints and assemble them with strings to create a mobile.

We can also combine them with pieces of different materials such as wooden sticks, beads, pendants, amulets or whatever you find suitable.

Here are some examples.

 

Workshop 5: Clay Meditation & Creating a Treasure Box

17/12/2022 Saturday, 9:30-13:30

This half day ceramic workshop is for anybody who likes to experience the beauty and magic of the natural material clay. If it’s your first time touching clay or not doesn’t matter – there is something in it for everyone.

 

The four hours consist of three parts:

  • Experiencing the material clay in a playful way
  • Clay Meditation
  • Creating your own little unique Treasure Box

Your Treasure Box will be fired and glazed with a transparent glaze inside. It will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay with a whitish wash.

 

Workshop 6: Modelling Faces

18/12/2022 Sunday,   10:00-14:00 

The subject of this workshop will be the human face. All levels are welcome. It is amazing how a lump of clay turns step by step into something almost alive….and it doesn’t matter how realistic nose, mouth, eyes are formed. They get their own life and expression anyway and turn into something very personal and unique.

We will use the local red clay and leave the fired pieces in terracotta colour.

Here you can see pieces from past Modelling Faces Workshops.

 

For all workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, coatings, glazes, acrylic paints and strings in different colours) as well as the firing and lunch are provided. For the Mobile Workshop you can also bring supplementary pieces of wooden sticks, beads, yarn, string etc.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or write an email to schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.

 

New dates for Workshops coming out soon

 

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Hi there, if you are interested in any upcoming Ceramic Workshops, stay updated by checking out this site again or – a much easier way – subscribe here, so you will get an email as soon as new dates and details are out. As I’m busy as a walking guide till the end of this month, the update will come out at the beginning of November.

Have a creative October and see you soon!

Clay Meditation & Creating a Treasure Box

This half day ceramic workshop is for anybody who likes to experience the beauty and magic of the natural material clay. If it’s your first time touching clay or not doesn’t matter – there is something in it for everyone.

The four hours consist of three parts:

  • Experiencing the material clay in a playful way
  • Clay Meditation
  • Creating your own little unique Treasure Box

⸙  Your Treasure Box will be fired and glazed, and you will receive it later by arrangements.

⸙  From 4 to 6 participants

⸙  I’m offering this workshop during the month of July. Please contact me for possible dates and any other questions!

⸙ +30 697 422 11 51  or  schnyder.barbara@gmail.com

Looking forward to welcoming you in my little atelier!