This course is for people who would like to learn the technical aspects of making renders and plasters of natural clay and pigments, build with clay to make structurally sound components for garden and house walls, and learn how to protect and decorate them. At the same time, the course seeks to summon the feeling of indigenous creation with one of earth’s primal materials by immersing the participants in its many applications, beauty and natural environment. This course is also available for kids from 5 years and up. Get in contact with us if you consider bringing your child to discuss fees.
|July 27th – 29th, 2018||Coed Talylan||Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:
Who is this course for?
This course is for people who would like to learn the technical aspects of making renders and plasters of natural clay and pigments, build with clay to make structurally sound components for garden and house walls, and learn how to protect and decorate them. At the same time, the course seeks to summon the feeling of indigenous creation with one of earth’s primal materials by immersing the participants in its many applications, beauty and natural environment.
This course appeals to artists, painters and decorators, forest school teachers, natural- and self builders.
What will the course cover?
We will use natural clay to create:
– clay plasters, wall paints, face paints, pigments, bricks and tiles
and apply it to make beautiful but also functional elements such as:
– a mural, for an A-framed cabin
– small baking ovens to use as kilns
– a sculpture for our forest school area
– a beehive for our woodland
– a cob sun-trap wall for our garden
– an earthen floor
The materials we will be using will, besides clay, constitute natural fibers, sand, latex and linseed oil.
Learning methods and outcomes
Practically this means we will be working indoors and outdoors in different areas of our woodland where these functional elements will be situated.
Besides our hands, we will be using traditional plastering tools, mixers, wheel burrows, concrete drums and our feet. Carving, painting and trowel techniques will also be taught.
Ella Gibbs: Ella is an artist with a background of working with communities, making projects in a wide range of public contexts over the last twenty five years. Her experience of working with clay stems from studying ceramics in the 80’s to recently running a “locally sourced wild clay” oven building course at a community garden in London. Where an ongoing pizza club is in action. In between researching Low impact buildings, learning about the heat capturing, breathable, non toxic qualities of unique Cob. For the Clay course at Coed Taylan she will share her experience of working with the material, encouraging collective design, build and decorative work through the exploration of this beautiful versatile material . Working together to create outdoor resources for the woodland – to return us to our senses, to stimulate a creative way of working together that is physical, tactile, sensory and deepens connection with ourselves, each other and the natural elements.
Sara Tommerup: Sara has worked with earth in many different art and construction contexts. From earth bags and cob, to rammed earth, plasters and adobe. Her contribution to this course is to teach the theoretical, structural and technical aspects of working with clay.
Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community settlement.
Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.
Lunch will be provided on one day courses/events. Breakfast and evening meals are also provided for those staying for longer duration courses. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available throughout.
On a sliding scale according to income, fees for the entire course are:
Up to 14K/year £200
20K upwards £250
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students
See the Coed Talylan Terms and Conditions.
Booking and Paying for your place
To book a place on the course contact us by phone or e-mail and we’ll send you a booking form or just follow this link:
Please note that we ask that you pay a £50 non-refundable deposit to secure a place on the course and that the course fees are paid at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.