HanmanMurphy Studios, Leigh Marina, High St, Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 2ES
⚓︎ 07545 375346
HanmanMurphy Studios are committed to the development of work in clay, and development of the individual.
Studio visits are by appointment only.
Studio visits are by appointment only.
Specialist Ceramic Workshops
The Blue & White Journey
Tracing the roots of blue and white ware, we’ll look at the history of blue and white pottery through tin glaze or majolica painting, cobalt painting under celadon, and lustre on glazed ware.
Porcelain beaker, tin glazed plate and glazed plate supplied to decorate.
Intermediate to Advanced • Saturday 10-12pm, 1:30-3:30 • £120
Working with coloured clays to make a decorated box or bowl.
Box to decorate supplied.
Intermediate to Advanced • Saturday 10-12:30pm • £70
Build the whole pot in a day using a terracotta/crank mix or crank for good colour and strength for frostproofness using extruded coils and sections. Slips and raw fired glazes can be applied to finish.
Beginners to Advanced • Saturday 10-1pm, 2:30-4 pm • £95
Propane fired open air kiln, sawdust post-firing.
A Japanese method of low firing work with lustrous glazes and a distinctive crackle finish.
Three bisc pieces supplied to glaze.
Beginners to Advanced • Saturday 10-3pm including lunch • £120
Exploring porcelain, printing and decorating techniques are used to create sets of buttons.
Beginners to Advanced • Friday 7-10pm or Saturday 10-1pm • £45
Clocks and Candlesticks
A clock and candlestick to make, keep or give, but getting the measurements right makes sure the object works! Clock works included.
Intermediate to Advanced • Saturday 10-12:30 & 2-4pm £95
Porcelain Christmas Decoration Workshops 2019
Make delightful decorations for the festive season, glaze and finish to assemble at home.
Beginners to Advanced • Friday 7-10pm or Saturday 10-1pm, £45
Saturday 10-12pm & 2-4pm, £65
Open Studio Sessions
Group sessions are for beginners, advanced, semi professional and everyone in between. The aim is that learning comes form a variety of sources: from others in the studio as well as direct instruction, from handling objects and sharing experiences of objects. Projects are self directed. Theoretical understanding comes with practical skills in the context of an individuals’ progression.
Work in a range of methods of your choice: hand building (slabbing, extrusion and coiling); throwing on the wheel; mould making and press moulding; tiles; buttons...
Form, texture, surface, working figuratively, animal modelling, whatever takes your fancy!
Open Studio Sessions cover:
What’s covered largely depends on an individual project.
My Studio (by appointment only)
I have too many projects on the go....
for Open Studio Members
First Saturdays are generally held on the first Saturday of the month. The intention of these workshops is to advance makers’ skills and understanding in a particular area, and to take these new skills into current and new projects. First Saturdays are charged at the session rate. Open Studio Session participants are welcome to attend Ceramics Workshop sessions, and will be charged at the full price. All sessions are two and a half hours, from 10-12:30 and some First Saturdays have another session from 1:30-4pm. Workshops have a maximum of six places.
Colour in Ceramics
What is a glaze, and how do you make it? How do we get colour at high temperatures? How does a colour wheel work and how much of that translates into working with colour in glazes?
You will need to attend this workshop to be able to make your own glazes. Health and safety covered and you will need a dust mask (EN143 P3 specification). You are recommended to attend Making For Glazing.
Making for Glazing
Making for glaze testing is important and can save valuable time. This session focuses on the most effective way to test a glaze, and builds on Colour in Ceramics.
Working with Porcelain
Porcelain is a technical material, and has more stages in the process of making than clay bodies, and provides a wider range of possibilities. To work with porcelain in the studio, you will need to attend this workshop to understand how to handle the material safely and effectively, and the advantages and constraints in glazing in porcelain.
Boxes usually have corners, and vessels are usually round. This session focuses on lidded containers, and how a narrative can be formed through decoration and modelling. Technically, getting the lid to fit is a consideration; ensuring the clays are ready to be joined ensures that additions sit comfortably. Historically, the box in ceramics has a long and varied story, spanning cultures and continents. Themes and functions will be explored in this session alongside making.
Carve a block of clay, halve it, hollow it and put it back together, then glaze on the day. Figurative, animalistic, abstract. You need to specify which body you’d like to work with 2 weeks before the workshop to ensure the block is leatherhard for working.
Print in Clay
Printing in clay - from plaster prints to lino to sponge decoration, a range of surface and decorative treatments. This session will travel through a range of techniques to create test tiles which can be glazed at a later stage, and is intended to inform your open studio sessions.
Pre-prepared vessels to attach handles, or make your own pots to add handles to. Pulled, extruded or rolled for texture; the emphasis is on getting the handle onto the pot at the right stage to ensure the join is strong and effective, and looks pleasing and easy to use. Handles are a good signifier of the skill of the maker!
Make a mould for a new project! Make the prototype and cast. Plaster moulds cannot be constructed during open studio sessions due to contamination, so this First Saturday is the opportunity to work with plaster.