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Ceramics workshops

Ceramics plays a prominent role among our techniques, along with screen printing and joinery. The ceramics workshops take place on a regular monthly basis, with the timetable varying from month to month.

Ceramics workshops take place on weekdays and/or Saturdays. Our courses range from 3 to 11 hours.
The workshops require no prior knowledge.

ceramics workshops
ceramics workshops
ceramics workshops
ceramics workshops

OUR CERAMICS WORKSHOPS

The workshops are divided into two types. Workshops that cover the general process of ceramics and the respective techniques (indicated in each one) and specific workshops that cover, for example, decorative techniques.

FLASH CERAMICS WORKSHOP

Flash Ceramics Workshop

Flash Ceramics Workshops are an introductory workshop and are ideal as a first contact with ceramics. This ceramics workshop is suitable for those who have no previous knowledge of the technique. In addition to the theoretical introduction to the world of ceramics, which includes the types of ceramic pastes, the process of transforming clay into ceramics, means of coating and decorating, we will also learn two hand-forming techniques and build at least two pieces.

Techniques

Manual shaping:
Lastra, ball

Duration

1 session of 3 hours

Cost

55€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.


CERAMICS WORKSHOP

Ceramics Workshop

The Ceramics Workshop is one of FICA's most comprehensive ceramics workshops. You will learn how to build pieces using the four manual forming techniques: Slab, Pinch Pot, Coil and Carved Solid Block. In addition to the process of transforming clay into ceramics, we'll cover some decoration techniques on raw clay, using engobes and textures, and finally, we'll learn how to glaze the pieces. The shape of the pieces is directly linked to the type of techniques we'll be covering, so at the end you'll have four (or more) utilitarian pieces ready to use.

Techniques

Hand-forming: Ballast, ball, roller and hollowed-out solid

Duration

3 sessions of 3 hours + 1 session of 2 hours (11 hours in total)

Cost

160€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.


POTTERY WORKSHOP

ceramics workshops - pottery

Pottery is one of the ancient techniques of ceramics and allows you to create concentric and symmetrical shapes using a rotating base. In this workshop, with specific use of the potter's wheel, each participant will have their own electric wheel to learn how to center and shape different forms on the wheel.
As well as a brief introduction to ceramics, types of paste and the firing process, you will learn how to knead and prepare the paste, as well as how to center, open and pull the clay. The last session will be dedicated to finishing and fretwork, as well as glazing demonstrations.

Duration

3 sessions of 2h30 (7h30 hours in total)

Cost

160€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the necessary materials. This workshop includes the firing and glazing of 4 hand-scale pieces, which will have to be picked up later.

NERIKOMI WORKSHOP

nerikomi workshop

One of our ceramics workshops is dedicated to Nerikomi. It's a Japanese ceramic technique that allows you to create patterns through the specific position of different colored pastes. In this workshop we will color pastes using dyes and oxides and learn how to combine and design different patterns. We will create a small display, using Nerikomi slivers, and a simple piece, both of which will be fired and glazed.

Program
  • Theoretical introduction to the use of colorants and oxide in pastes;
  • Execution of different Nerikomi patterns: Ichimatsu, stripes, marbled;
  • Creation of standardized mini samples;
  • Creating a simple piece using a landing mould, using a standardized ballast.
Duration

1 session of 6 hours

Cost

100€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.


TILE ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

tile illustration workshop

In this workshop you will create a small illustrated panel using the majolica technique. This technique emerged in the 16th century and made it possible to apply painting techniques to tiles by brushing paint directly onto the tile.
Each participant will explore a concept and transfer it to the panel, which can have up to 4 tiles. We will cover different painting and stamping techniques.

Program
  • Creation of an artistic concept for a panel illustration;
  • Sketches on tracing paper;
  • Transposition of the drawing using perforated tracing paper and 'charcoal doll' - traditional technique;
  • Brush painting with lead-free high-fire paints.
Duration

1 session of 3 hours

Cost

60€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.


DECAL DECORATION WORKSHOP

decalcada workshop

In the decal workshop you'll illustrate a plate using the ceramic decal technique. You will create your own composition by cutting out and gluing colored decals. Based on your concept and choice of colors, the composition created through cut-outs will be transferred to a ceramic plate.

The ceramic decal has a decorative character and is applied to the ceramic object after it has been fired and glazed, involving a third firing at around 800°C*.

Program
  • Concept / idea and sketch;
  • Choosing a color palette and gluing it onto cardboard;
  • Cut out the decals and transfer them to the ceramic object.
Duration

1 session of 3 hours

Cost

60€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.


WORKSHOP DECORATING WITH CERAMIC MINES

ceramics workshops - ceramic mines

In one of the ceramics workshops you'll illustrate a plate using ceramic mines. Taking advantage of the graphic advantages of this technique, which is very similar to pencil and pastel, you'll develop an idea and create a graphic composition drawn directly onto the ceramic plate.

The ceramic mine allows you to draw on the ceramic piece after the first firing. At the end of the class, once the color has set, we will apply the glaze, which always involves a second firing.

Program
  • Concept / idea and sketch;
  • Choosing a color palette and experimenting with colored pencils on paper;
  • Transferring the image to the ceramic object;
  • Design directly on the piece with a ceramic mine.
Duration

1 session of 3 hours

Cost

60€

Includes

All ceramics workshops include the materials needed for the workshop. This workshop includes firing and glazing.

July

qua03jul(Jul 3)10:00qua24(Jul 24)12:00Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 12:00 (24)(GMT+01:00) CanceledCraftsceramics

Sat06jul10:00Sat13:00Flash Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 13:00(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat06jul14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

here11jul(Jul 11)10:00here25(Jul 25)12:30Pottery workshop10:00 – 12:30 (25)(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat13jul10:00Sat13:00Flash Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 13:00(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat20jul10:00Sat13:00Flash Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 13:00(GMT+01:00) Out of stockCraftsceramics

qua24jul18:30qua21:30Flash Ceramics Workshop18:30 – 21:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat27jul10:00Sat13:00Flash Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 13:00(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

August

Sat03Aug10:00Sat13:00Flash Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 13:00(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat03Aug14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

September

qua04set(Sep 4)18:30qua25(Sep 25)20:30Ceramics Workshop18:30 – 20:30 (25)(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

here05set(Sep 5)10:00here19(Sep 19)12:30Pottery workshop10:00 – 12:30 (19)(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat07set(Sep 7)10:00Sat28(Sep 28)12:00Ceramics Workshop10:00 – 12:00 (28)(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat07set14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat14set14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat21set14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

Sat28set14:30Sat17:30Flash Ceramics Workshop14:30 – 17:30(GMT+01:00) Craftsceramics

October

No events

Find out more about our ceramics workshops

Ceramics Workshops - Forming

At FICA, ceramics is explored through engaging workshops that offer learning about the processes as well as a chance to get hands-on and create. The Forming and Decorating workshops are suitable for those with no prior knowledge.

The first theme, Forming, stands out with the Ceramics Workshop, a comprehensive course spread over four sessions. Here, participants are immersed in the four main hand-forming techniques: Lastra, Bola, Rolo and Maciço Ocado. Each technique is a unique expression, and participants leave with decorative or utilitarian pieces ready for everyday use.

The Flash Ceramics Workshop, a concise three-hour introduction, is ideal for beginners, providing a theoretical and practical overview of ceramic paste types, coating and decoration processes, as well as two hand-forming techniques.

The Pottery Workshop excels at exploring the potter's wheel, an ancient technique that allows for the creation of concentric and symmetrical shapes. Participants have the opportunity to work individually with a dedicated potter's wheel, learning how to center, open and pull the clay. In addition to shaping, the last session is dedicated to finishing, fretwork and a glazing demonstration.

Ceramics Workshops - Decoration

The second theme, Decoration, opens the door to specific and less frequent workshops, each offering a different perspective on the artistic application of ceramics.

The Nerikomi Workshop, a Japanese technique where participants learn not only how to color pastes, but how to create patterns using those same pastes. Participants develop a small display and a simple piece, both fired and glazed.

The Tile Illustration Workshop focuses on the majolica technique, a form of painting directly onto tiles, exploring individual concepts. It is possible to create small illustrated panels, adding an artistic dimension to traditional techniques.

The Decal Decoration Workshop is a creative process in which participants illustrate a dish using ceramic decals. The composition created through cut-outs is transferred to the ceramic, involving a third firing.

The Decoration Workshop with Ceramic Mines explores the graphic potential of pencil and pastel, allowing graphic compositions to be created directly on the plate, with the glaze applied in a second firing.

Throughout the annual program, you can find other types of workshops, taught by us or by artists and illustrators who have been invited to share specific techniques and knowledge. These workshops are an opportunity to learn, but also to meet artists and their creative processes. This allows you to express yourself artistically, creating individual pieces that reflect your creativity.


Registration and Payment Conditions

Booking

We don't take reservations for future courses. If you want to find out first-hand about the next month's courses, you should subscribe to our Newsletter - For the first few days after the newsletter goes out, you can only register for the workshops using the links in the newsletter. After that, they will be publicly available on this page.

Waiting List

Cancellations may occur. If the training you want is sold out and you want to receive an alert in the event of cancellations, send an e-mail to workshop@fica-oc.pt, with the subject 'waiting list-workshop name', indicating your name, telephone number and the day of the workshop. If there is a cancellation for that specific workshop, we'll let you know.

No. of trainees

The workshops have a minimum/maximum number of participants, as well as a minimum age for participation. All the information is indicated in each workshop (event link).
In accordance with our terms and conditions, training may be canceled if the minimum number of participants is not met. FICA has the right to cancel or postpone any training that does not meet the minimum number of participants (indicated in each of the workshops) and is responsible for rescheduling or refunding the registration fees paid (Fica is not responsible for refunding PayPal fees).
Find out more in the site's terms and conditions.

Cancellation of registration

IMPORTANT - Cancellation/postponement/refund of registrations (including registrations with a gift certificate) is only allowed if you notify us at least 7 days before the start of the workshop.

Any cancellation with less than 7 days' notice, we will do our best to fill your place, however, a refund or postponement can only be made if your place is filled.

If a trainee fails to attend one or more sessions of a training course, FICA is not responsible for replacing or compensating for that session. In the event of any withdrawal during a training session, the trainee will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee paid.

To cancel/add/refund, you must send an e-mail to workshop@fica-oc.pt quoting your order number. Find out more in the site's terms and conditions.
FICA has the right to cancel or postpone any training that does not meet the minimum number of participants indicated and is responsible for rescheduling or refunding the registration fees paid (Fica is not responsible for refunding PayPal fees).

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