Slip Sliding Away with Dylan Bowen

Discover the beauty and power of earthenware


Monday 19 April 6:30pm – Friday 23 April, 4pm


Studio 45, Dartington Trust, Devon


£465 non-residential | £685 residential – see below for full details on what’s included

About this course

During this course, students will have the opportunity to create and decorate work using a range of handbuilding and slip decorating techniques. The emphasis will be on simplicity, on a loose and dynamic approach to earthenware, and on leaving things alone, loosening up and developing through making.

The four days will be divided into ‘making’ and ‘decorating’ days. Dylan will introduce simple techniques everyday as starting points for the days work, and the students will have then be able to take these methods and adapt and develop them in their own directions. We will use old and new methods with clay and slip to focus on the making process rather than concentrating on the finished pieces.

We will explore different making processes, handbuilding, carving, slicing and cutting the clay. We will use slip trailers, brushes, sgraffitto: any techniques that are there to be used.

Beginners welcome – this course is suitable for all abilities.

About Dylan

Dylan was apprenticed to Clive Bowen at Shebbear Pottery before studying Ceramics at Camberwell School of Art. Bowen lives and works in Oxfordshire. Dylan makes slip decorated earthenware using traditional materials and techniques. The clay is thrown, carved, sliced and handbuilt, then slips are poured, trailed or brushed on. Bowen aims to capture some of the spontaneity and action of the making process. Dylan is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.

Food and drink

On this course, lunch will be provided on Tuesday-Friday. These communal meals are a vital part of the learning experience and we strongly recommend you attend them.

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the course.

Residential option

We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through working, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants and tutors.

Our beautiful rooms have all the character and personality you’d expect, but not at the expense of comfort. With easy access to our wider estate, they are the perfect place to relax and recharge.

Breakfast and dinner each day – made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team – are included: one less thing to worry about during your stay.

Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout (head to ‘Book now’, below). Please note:

– Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees.
– For this course, you must book for four nights, arriving on Monday 19 April and departing on Friday 23 April 2021.
– Dinner on Monday, breakfast and dinner from Tuesday-Thursday and breakfast on Friday morning are all included.
– Check-in for all rooms is from 3pm on the day of arrival.
– Check-out for all departures is 11am on the day of departure.
– Accommodation is booked on a first come, first served basis only.

Book now

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Monday 19th April

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