Courses

Autumn Classes 2021

Our classes so far this year have been very popular but are now finished. New classes for the Summer and Autumn are available to be booked now via the website shop

We are running 8 week day and evening classes in September and October on Tuesdays, but these are now almost fully booked. If you would like to come on one, do get in touch at mail@rampceramics.com if you would like to be put on the reserve list or notified of any new classes that come up.

However we have some new course dates to let you know about, including;

Summer Family Workshops

Come & have fun, be creative and learn new skills with clay at the workshop this summer. This course is designed for families to come and enjoy a creative experience together. The day is divided into 2 classes (in case a full day is too much any children that might be coming). However, families are welcome to book a mornnig and afternoon slot if desired.

Prices are £30 per person, per session.

  • Thursday 19th August, 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 19th August, 2.30 – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 26th August, 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 26th August, 2.30 – 5.00pm

RAKU Weekends in the Autumn

2nd & 16th October 2021. 10.00am – 4.30pm

Raku week 1 – Roop will introduce you to the Japanese RAKU process and philosophy, showing examples of traditional and contemporary Raku and the techniques involved in making and decoration for this process. These will include hand building with molds, slabs, coils and pinch pots. The potter’s wheel will be available also so you can try your hand at this. On the first day we will focus on making forms ready to be RAKU fired on the following workshop day.

We will also test out and experience an initial firing using pots pre-prepared by Roop to gain some experience of the firing process in advance of the second week.

Raku week 2 – In week 2 we will focus on the decorative processes used to achieve the distinctive fired results of Raku.

We will explore the firing and localised reduction processes during the day. By the end of the classes you will have made and decorated at least three items which will be fired and available to pick up after the course has finished. This course is aimed at beginners but all are welcome no matter your experience of ceramics is.

The aim of the classes is to learn new skills in a relaxing, informal, well-equipped studio with friends or new people. Unleash some creative energy and get hands on with the clay.

We would be happy to run special day classes for small or family groups and individuals. To enquire about availability and discuss prices please contact Roop & Al here.

We can plan these days with you & can offer a wide variety of ceramics experiences, from intensive (or not!) throwing tuition to Raku, handbuilding etc. Do get in touch to discuss any ideas you might have.

 8 WEEK CLASS – Roop will introduce you to a range of core processes of making and decoration in clay. These will include hand building with molds, slabs, coils and pinch pots. The potter’s wheel will be available also so you can try your hand at this. We will cover decoration, exploring textures impressed into the clay, slipware techniques and glazes at Earthenware and Stoneware temperatures.

By the end of the classes you will have made and decorated at least three items which will be fired and available to pick up after the course has finished. This course is aimed at beginners but all are welcome no matter you’re your experience of ceramics is.

The aim of the classes is to learn new skills in a relaxing, informal, well-equipped studio with friends or new people. Unleash some creative energy and get hands on with the clay.

10 WEEK CLASS – (March 2021 – not currently running) This is a chance to develop some of the skills and ideas from the beginners class and to work on projects that might take a bit longer than the six week course to complete. You will have more time and direction to specialise a little on particular techniques that you have become interested in and there will be the option to work on different more challenging set projects if you wish. 

What to bring

Just yourself, clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in. Sensible shoes or boots (no open-toed sandals please) are a very good idea and rings, nice watches and jewellery have been known to get covered or lost in the clay, so you might want to leave them at home.

What is included in the price

6 or 10 2 ½ hour sessions of tuition on a Wednesday evening. All tools, materials and firings included with the aim that you will be able to complete at least three pieces of work during the course. Students are welcome to bring their own ideas to the course and ambition is welcomed, though there may be a further materials and firing charge, depending on scale.

Refreshments: Plenty of tea, coffee, biscuits, cake will be readily available! 

About Roop & Al

Roop has been a practising potter since 2001 having graduated from the Ceramics Degree and Postgraduate Diploma at Edinburgh College of Art. He has extensive teaching experience, including visiting lecturing at what is now UCA Farnham and Plymouth University, the Dartmoor Arts Summer School, and since 2009, at Exeter College and School of Art. He has a Certificate in Education from Plymouth University.

He has been working with his partner Alice as RAMP (Roop and Al Make Pots) since 2001. Alice’s predominant role has been in developing the characteristic RAMP style of surface decoration. Together Roop & Al have exhibited widely at craft fairs and exhibitions across the UK. They are members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the CPA (Craftsmen Potters Association of Great Britain).

How to Book

Spaces are limited on the course and so please book early to avoid dissapointment. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis on the basis of payment.

To book a place, please go to the shop section of this site and find the course booking tab. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions before you book and pay for the course.