9 - 15 OCTOBER, 2018

Course fee:
200.000 ft.
(Hungarian Forint)

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Sasha Wardell
(Great Britain)

Sasha Wardell has been working in bone china since 1982 after completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in ceramics in the UK. These included industrial training periods at L'Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs in Limoges and the design studio at the Royal Doulton factory, Stoke on Trent.

Both experiences have strongly influenced the way in which she presently works resulting in a fascination and intrigue for methods and material which present a challenge. It is for this reason that bone china, with all its idiosyncrasies, has remained her favourite material. It is very 'single-minded' clay which forces clarity and precision whilst demanding perseverance. Possessing qualities of intense whiteness, translucency and strength, make it a very seductive material to work with.

Architectural detail and sections of structure, combined with an interest in illusions provide the starting point for the pieces whilst the inherent qualities of the clay do the rest - its whiteness offers a pure blank canvas for the application of colour and its translucency enhances any varying degrees of luminosity.


During the course participants will learn:

  • Preparation of the bone china slip ( from ready-made slip) to include the colouring using ceramic body stains.
  • Multi-layering into ready-made moulds then, when bone-dry, slicing or paring down the layers.
  • Double-layering into ready-made moulds then, when leather-hard incising through the outer layer.
  • Water - erosion decoration on double-layered casts.
  • Finishing techniques
  • High - firing the work.

The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.
Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 200.000 Hungarian Forints (HUF).

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.

It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Refund Policy
Participants will have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline. If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.





Tuesday 9 October, 2018
10.00 - 12.00 Introduction to the course
and Sasha Wardell presentation
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop

Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 October, 2018
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Pack kiln for weekend firing

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14, 2018
ree days to visit museums and tourist sights while the kilns fire. You can also continue working if you wish ut any works cannot be fired.

Monday 15 October, 2018
09.00 - 12.00 Open an unpack kiln
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 Appraisal and dicsussion of works

Evening working – The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.



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