Throwing: A Traditional Approach to Clay

June 23, 2018 - June 24
Alan Burgess


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Throwing: A Traditional Approach to Clay

This is a short course meant to help you with your throwing skills.  Become more confident in your ability to make the shapes and forms you intended to, while acquiring the knowledge to repeat the forms with skill and accuracy.  Demonstrations will reflect process and techniques, aimed at improving your throwing skills and sense of design.

Course cost: $285  Supply fee: $0     STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes.


ALAN BURGESS has been a potter and teacher all his life.  Educated at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in London England, he apprenticed as a student in several pottery workshops, making production ware.  He has established studios in North Wales, Comox, BC, and Buckley Bay.   Alan was head of Bolton College of Art, ceramics department, England, where he coordinated a three-year vocational ceramics program, validated by the British Society of Designer Craftspersons. Following his move to Canada in 1982, Alan was soon teaching at North Island College in Courtenay, BC.  He continued to teach ceramics, drawing, and sculpture at NIC for the next 30 years, 11 years as chair of the Fine Arts department.

Alan has taught many ceramic workshops, including several at MISSA. A master thrower, he works mainly in stoneware and porcelain, focusing on functional and larger decorative pieces.  His work may be found in international collections.

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