Wendy Kerhsaw

Scottish ceramicist Wendy Kershaw is known for her illustrated porcelain books and panels. She builds up rich layers of imagery by etching in to clay with sewing needles, then combining underglaze stains, decals, enamels and lustre, to make detailed and unique ceramic illustrations.

Following her wonderful course again in 2018 we have invited her back to lead another mastercourse this year.

She will be demonstrating the techniques that she has developed over 25 years of working with clay and leading a hands-on experience of a wide range of surface decoration techniques. These can be simple and effective, as well as developed and combined to give unique images on a clay surface. The techniques will include - incised line and stain wash, inlay, sgraffito, paper resist, water etching, mono printing and slip printing.

An award winning ceramicist Kershaw exhibits in the UK and internationally. A large influence on her work were three residencies in China, where her work is held in the collections of two museums.


During the course participants will learn:

  • sgraffito (scratching through one or more layers of coloured slips)
  • mono printing (dry and wet mono printing, using underglaze stains combined with water or acrylic medium, and paper to transfer drawn images on to the clay surface)
  • paper resist (positive and negative stencils in paper resist slip or stains, single layers and multiple layers)
  • water etching (paper, tape and latex to resist water washing of the clay surface, both single layers and multiple layers)
  • slip printing (paper or plaster to print layers of slip on to clay)
  • inlay (both drawing and pressing designs in to the clay surface and inlaying with slip).

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. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.
Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 225.000 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.
  • We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000.

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 may 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.


4 - 8 May, 2020

Course fee:
225.000 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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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

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