Special Offer

BOOK A WORKSHOP: SPECIAL OFFER: Book a place on one of my workshops and get 10% discount if you quote ref. 1021 in your email to jrdevons@gmail.com.

Forthcoming workshops - when covid-19 precautions permit

CLAY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE - an all-day Sunday workshop of relaxed creativity for all levels. To be rescheduled when feasible - at The Clophill Centre, Bedfordshire (under an hour drive from London; shared rides available). Easy-to-learn techniques including slabbing, coiling and pinch pots with step-by-step demonstrations. Make lidded boxes, bowls, mugs, casseroles,etc. experimenting with varied decorating techniques and I will glaze, fire and return your work to you afterwards. £75 to include all materials, firing and refreshments. Email jrdevons@gmail.com to secure a place when dates available.

Ongoing workshops - some on zoom

SCREEN-PRINTING AND CERAMICS GROUP MASTER CLASSES. One Sunday a month 10am-1pm and/or 1.30-4.30pm for maximum three people at my studio in Finchley. Offer varied techniques and media to cater to differing interests and levels of experience. Timings, number of participants and cost including all materials and refreshments by arrangement. Contact jrdevons@gmail.com for details, dates and bookings.

CERAMICS ONE-TO-ONE SESSION USING THE WHEEL. Individual personalised guidance for any levels at my studio in Finchley. £50 per hour including materials, glazing and firing. By arrangement. Contact jrdevons@gmail.com for details, dates and bookings.

SCREEN-PRINTING and CERAMICS for schools. Demonstrating traditional techniques and encouraging experimentation to create a series of individual works or group projects on specified or open-ended themes. All-day workshops for up to 60 children, weekly sessions or residencies. £250 including all portable equipment and materials. Email jrdevons@gmail.com for more information.

FAMILY/FRIENDS SPECIAL OCCASION PRINT-MAKING, PAINTING AND CERAMICS. Book private sessions and socialise while you create permanent mementoes to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, hen parties and other special occasions. In private homes or local studios. Design and make whatever you like on paper, fabric or in clay with lots of ideas, samples and guidance. All materials and portable equipment provided. Email jrdevons@gmail.com for more information and special offers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CERAMICS AND PRINT-MAKING. Regularly lead sessions in ceramics, paintings, mixed media and printmaking at day centres, colleges and residential centres for people of all ages with physical and other challenges. Participants make things to enjoy in their everyday lives and share with family and friends. I also help young adults to to make things to sell, thereby empowering them economically and emotionally.

SPECIAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS. I help community groups to make a shared ceramic installations, paintings and screen-printed wall hanging to decorate their communal spaces. Discuss themes and support process. For Holocaust Memorial Day I helped 16 elderly day-centre participants to make a large ceramic installation which was selected as one of ten prize-winning community groups in the UK. I supply all portable equipment and materials and come to your venue. Ceramics, paintings, mixed media and printmaking.

Recent workshops

SCREEN-PRINTING for adults at all levels 12-week course Thursdays 1:30-4:00pm at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, N6 6BS. Step-by-step explore exciting and easy-to-learn traditional and experimental techniques of screen-printing to make a series of unusual and colourful screen-prints on paper and fabric. Samples, demonstrations and lots of feedback. Bookings on 020 8340 3343.

SCREEN-PRINTING ON FABRIC for adults at all levels One-day workshop at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, N6 6BS. Use easy-to-learn techniques to screen-print colourful designs on fabric to make tablecloths, scarves, bags or clothing. Materials provides. Samples, demonstrations and lots of sharing and feedback. Bookings on 020 8340 3343.

Demonstration: throwing on the wheel

At the Jewish Museum, Camden Town. During the exhibition SHAPING CERAMICS: from Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal, I used a potter's wheel set up in the gallery to demonstrate making bowls, vases and unusual forms inspired by the exhibition and answered questions from visitors.

About Workshops

Schoolchildren's wall hanging

My printmaking and ceramics workshops for all ages and ability levels are all about inspiring, sharing, demonstrating, experimenting and offering individual and group feedback in a relaxed and positive environment.

I teach traditional techniques and also encourage participants at all levels - including those with disabilities - to experiment with art materials, value the creative process, enjoy results and gain confidence in their personal expressiveness.

Workshops can link to specific ideas and subjects, add new dimensions to ongoing work or be open-ended and experimental through individual or group projects.

In recent years, I have demonstrated and run printmaking and ceramics residencies, one-day workshops and drop-in sessions in primary and secondary schools, community centres, colleges, adult education centres, universities, art centres, museums including the British Museum, hospitals, respite centres, day centres for the elderly, and art fairs throughout the UK. In conjunction with the Medical Research Council, I have also led workshops in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Currently, my community-based workshops include ceramics for visually impaired, multi-cultural print-making and mixed media for women, and screen-printing and ceramics in schools. I also lead one-day master classes in both ceramics and print-making.


Photographs of Printmaking and Ceramics Workshops


Printmaking Workshops

One-off workshops, drop-in sessions and residencies in screen-printing and mono-printing. For children, adults and family groups at all ability levels, including disabled. In schools, galleries, museums, art festivals, hospitals, colleges and other community venues. Portable equipment, inspiring ideas and sample prints, demonstrations, individual work, feedback and handouts.

Learn traditional techniques of making designs and paper stencils to print on paper or fabric. Explore form and colour, overpainting, developing a series of prints. Experiment with using leaves and fabric stencils, overpainting and sponging. Or try water-colour painting directly on screens and printing with medium.

These workshops are ideal for working figuratively or abstractly on paper or fabric, expressing ideas with bold forms and colours, enjoying accident and experimentation and developing a series of varied images to take away.

No prior experience necessary but bringing along design and image ideas can be useful as a starting point. Participants will look at sample prints, watch demonstrations, make paper stencils and print in a variety of colours.

For individual work, participants can make prints, posters, artists books, T-shirt logos and cushion cover designs.

For group work in schools and community centres, one can make fabric wall hangings on themes such as nature and science, music and dance, collective identity and community cohesion.

For art-science masterclasses in secondary schools, experimental drawing, painting and mono-printing for gifted and talented developing imagery from sound waves, photographs of various cells, etc. Have led several schools workshops in China.

For women's groups and multi-cultural collaborations, mixed-media experimental art classes to explore identity and share traditions.

For disabled children and adults, experimental screen-printing taster sessions using feathers, leaves and other found items as easy-to-use stencils for colourful bold prints.

Ceramics Workshops

One-off workshops, drop-in sessions and residencies for all ages and ability levels. In schools, galleries and other community venues. The tactile, plastic medium of clay is an ideal medium for everyone - and especially for children with disabilities, the elderly and the blind. Portable equipment, ideas, samples, demonstrations and personal support.

Learn traditional techniques of slabbing, coiling and making pinch pots, as well as experimental and sculptural possibilities. Develop surface decoration with impressed and incised designs, slip-painting, stencilling, trailing and screen-printing on clay.

For individual work, make tiles, platters, plates, bowls, mugs and boxes. Experiment with unusual forms and sculptures. For group projects in schools and community centres, make tile plaques, wall sculptures, totem pole forms.

Master classes - day and evening - for small groups of adults, children or family groups to make practical or experimental pieces. Examples, demonstrations, feedback and discussions.

Primary school workshops learning basic techniques to make decorative ceramic boxes, sculptural forms, plates and other items based on traditional styles and imagery as per curriculum requirements.

Classes for visually impaired and blind children and adults. Individual and group projects. Coiling, weaving, slab-building, impressing, slip-decorating. Making bowls, vases, boxes, wall plaques, sculptures.

Museum and gallery-based workshops to design, make and decorate ceramics based on permanent or temporary displays. Can be combined with guided tour giving technical and aesthetic information.

Workshop Sizes and Costs

Workshops vary in size from masterclasses for individuals or very small groups to all-day sessions in schools and community centres for up to 60 participants.

Prices are kept as low as possible so the workshops are relatively affordable and include basic materials. Substantial discounts are available for charities.