Ceramic Tile Making – 4 Week Evening Workshop with Alison Gray

Monday 1st October – Monday 22nd October (4 consecutive weeks) | 6.30-8.30pm* |
Glasgow Ceramic Studio, 77 Hanson Street, Glasgow

Do you love tiles but have never had the opportunity to make them yourself?

Glasgow City Heritage Trust have teamed up with Glasgow Ceramics Studio and artist Alison Gray to bring you a 4 week practical evening class. Join us in October 2018 and experiment with shape, colour and surface treatment to create your very own set of handmade tiles.

Week 1: Monday 1st October – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Introduction and Learning
In this first session we will get to know Glasgow Ceramic Studio and start to get familiar with handling clay. We will take a look examples of how tiles have been used throughout history, with particular reference to Glasgow’s rich tile heritage. Then it’s time to experiment with a variety of different making techniques for cutting, creating images, surfaces and textures, to create your master tile ready for replication.

Week 2: Monday 8th October – 6.30pm – 9.30pm *please note this is a 3hr session
Plaster Mould Making
This session will focus on creating a plaster mould of your chosen tile design so that in week 3 we can produce multiple replicas ready for glazing and firing. Alison and her colleagues will guide you through the process of setting up the formwork, mixing the plaster, and casting your very own tile mould.

Week 3: Monday 15th October – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Tile Reproduction
With plaster moulds prepared it is now time to set the production line in motion to create your set of identical tiles. These will then be bisque fired ready for adding a splash of colour in week 4.

Week 4: Monday 22nd October – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Decoration & Finishing
After a run through of some basic glazing techniques, now is the time to bring your tiles to life with a splash of colour. These will then be fired again ready for collection at a later date. 

The cost of the 4 evening sessions is £95 per person. Price includes clay, glaze, plaster and two kiln firings.
Space is limited to 10 places, please book in advance.

We encourage you to bring along your own designs, and materials for inspiration, or alternatively just have fun and experiment on the night!



If you need to cancel your place on the workshop

If you are unable to attend your booked workshop and it’s more than 14 days in advance of the start date, (prior to 16th September 2018) then we can offer a full refund, credited to the card used to make the registration. Please contact Michael Goodger, michael@glasgowheritage.org.uk

If cancellation is within 14 days of the workshop unfortunately we are unable to offer a refund.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust appreciate that sometimes-unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend so we are happy for you to send along a friend to take your place. We will need their name and contact details prior to the workshop.

Our right to cancel a workshop

Should we need to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will aim to give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation. We will give you a full refund. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.

Glasgow Ceramics Studio are situated at 77 Hanson Street, G31 2HF within a former tobacco factory, redeveloped in 2001 as part of the WASPS (Workspace Artist Studio Provision Scotland) initiative.

By Car
The Hanson Street studio building is fully accessible. Car parking is free, with disabled parking spaces available

By Bus
Take the 38, 42, 138 bus from outside Queen Street Station to Alexandra Parade. Get off at the stop after Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Hanson Street is the next street on the right.

By Foot
Alternatively, the studios are a 20-25 minute walk from the city centre. From George Square walk up to Cathedral Street and continue until you reach the Cathedral and Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI). Follow the road to the left around GRI onto Alexandra Parade. Hanson Street Studios is the first building on your right after the GRI.