Ceramics Classes with Debbie Bent
Digswell Ceramics Community was set up by Debbie Bent with the support of Digswell Arts and the Heritage Foundation. Debbie is a ceramic artist and has been teaching for over ten years throughout the county including at The University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands College.
The emphasis of the workshops at Fenners is individual creativity with the eventual aim of each person being able to work on their own projects with guidance. The groups members are all at different stages of this journey and are very supportive and nurturing towards new members.
Techniques including pinch pots, using texture, coiling, slabbing and throwing as well as exploring materials including clays, slips, underglazes and glazes are taught with beginners following a set programme covering these elements.
Workshops run on Tuesdays.
The time is charged at £80 per month or a drop in charge ( when space is available) of £25 a workshop which includes most materials and all firings.
Find out more via the Digswell Ceramics Community Facebook Page
7 Openshaw Way
Letchworth, SG6 3EN
Tuesdays – 10am – 1pm
Tuesdays – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we answer frequently, but if you have more questions, please fill out the form at the bottom.
What art supplies do I need to buy before attending a class?
All you will need is an apron. There is no need to buy a specific apron, just something to cover your clothes. You might in time decide to collect some of your own favourite tools and paintbrushes so that you always have the one you like to use (as well as transferring half your kitchen to your toolbox eventually) but to start with everything you need will be supplied.
Do I need to have any experience before taking a class?
No experience needed. A beginners programme takes you through everything you might need to know to keep you going for years and new techniques and/or materials are introduced throughout the year. As well as a mountain of internet inspiration and guidance there are also several books that are great for reference including: The complete Potter, The Ceramics bible and The workshop guide to ceramics.
I can't attend a class I signed up for, can I get a refund?
No but you might be able to attend an extra session in the morning or afternoon to make up for time missed. There is a calendar in the workshop where you can add your time off for someone else to fill the space and you can look and put your name down where you can see someone will be off or you can be the 9th person in the class ( which is for 8) but there are never more than 9 in the workshop.
Can I start at any time of the year?
Yes if there are spaces. You can also add your name to the waiting list and be notified of a place becoming available if you wish.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Every attempt will be made to get to Fenners for the class. The £80 a month is for a minimum of 48 classes which leaves four that I can take for Christmas or illness or bad weather. If I need to take more then there will be a £20 refund per session cancelled. Normally when I take holiday I pay for another teacher to cover. Often I try to find someone with inspirational practice so that the students are taught something new.
This document contents further details about the course.