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Working with Clay with Noel Yardley
Tuesdays, May 7th – June 11th 2024 from 1:30 P.M –  2:30 P.M at Noel Yardley Ceramics Studios located at 112 Hampton Ave Toronto, ON, M4K 2Z1 (6 week Series).

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th & 11th 2024
This 6 week course will familiarize participants with the basic techniques of working with clay with your hands – a great introduction to clay work. We will focus on three fundamental hand building skills: making a pinch pot, a coil pot and finally a slab pot. The skills required are relatively simple and accessible to anyone with the right encouragement and support. In this in-studio course, all tools and materials will be provided. We will alternate weekly between forming a new type of pot and learning how to add easy decorative elements to our pots such as carving, using an underglaze or slip and creating feet and handles. Participants will come away from the course with the ability to continue their exploration of pottery at home, using a few tools that can be found around the house, working in a well-ventilated space with clay.

Noel Yardley is a ceramic artist based in Toronto. He studied at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, graduating in 1998. In his ceramic work. Yardley applies experimental ceramic techniques and pop art culture influences to produce sculptural pieces . He has exhibited work at the Design Indaba (Cape Town), 100% Design (London) and Object en Maison (Paris). Yardley is in private collections in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Berlin, Milan, Virginia and Ontario.

In Cape Town South Africa, Yardley taught ceramics to teens and adults from 2007 to 2011 at Chrysalis Academy. He went on to become a production ceramicist and educator at Art in Forest from 2013 to 2018.

Yardley teaches at the Toronto School of Art and worked as a studio technician at the Gardner Museum. Currently, he works with fellow designer, Thomas Bollmann, at their own studio called MaakOst. Located on the East End , they focus on teaching, design and production ceramics.
For more information about this program, please contact Kristin Bartlett at kbartlett@alz.to or by phone 416-389-6099.

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