Fergus Stewart

Fergus Stewart is an internationally known ceramicist and producer of unique hand-thrown functional and decorative pieces, for use in the kitchen and on the table.

"Over time, I have developed a diverse repertoire of domestic and decorative forms that employ a comprehensive range of traditional pottery skills in their making and firing, creating a family of forms related by shared characteristics within the design, making and firing, sometimes challenging traditional concepts about use, and the presentation of food.

I work primarily at the wheel, throwing, altering and constructing by joining thrown forms to slabs and stretched thrown components. Many forms are finished away from the wheel by cutting and carving. Decorating and creating surfaces often incorporate local materials, with coloured slips and glaze in the green and bisque stages.

I am drawn to the qualities of wood fired ceramics and have explored the variety within glazed, anagama and salt-glazed surfaces and firing procedures, designing and building kilns for specific results, and making and exhibiting significant bodies of work in each specialisation."

His work is made from stoneware and porcelain clays and is sustainably wood fired and salt glazed. The choice of colours is influenced by the vibrant greens, blues and natural tones seen from the Sutherland landscape and the rich and variegated surfaces decorated by the passage of the flame through the kiln.


During the course participants will learn:

  • Throwing techniques, faceting and turning and other decorative mark making
  • Slip and glaze recipes and application techniques
  • Packing and firing of wood fired saltglaze kiln

The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs. Participants will receive 30 kg clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.

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.

6 - 15 October, 2020

Course fee:
375.000 ft.
(Hungarian Forint)

It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000.

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Day 1
10.00 - 10.30 Introduction to the course
10.30 - 12.00 Making work
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Making work
19.00 Fergus Stewart presentation

Day 2 and 3
09.00 - 12.00 Making work
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Making work

Day 4
09.00 - 12.00 Pack bisk
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Fire bisk

Day 5
Free day to visit museums etc.

Day 6
09.00 - 12.00 Unpack bisk
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Glazing

Day 7
09.00 - 12.00 Packing Salt kiln
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Packing Salt kiln

Day 8
Firing all day

Day 9

Day 10
Unpacking and appraisal of the 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.


please email:
Steve Mattison, International Contact

Havasi Andrea,
Magyar kapcsolat
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