Great Britain

Susan Nemeth is a designer and maker of handmade porcelain vases, bowls and decorative platters. Born in Australia, she trained at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in Great Britain and recently her MA at the Royal College of Art in London.

Her work is inspired by the strongly graphic textile and ceramic designs of the 1950s and 60s. The painters, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee and Eva Hesse influence some pieces. She has been awarded internationally and is mentioned in many publications.

In this course Susan Nemeth will explore colour, pattern and imagery using various techniques of staining and layering slips and porcelains.


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with Susan Nemeth (Great Britain)
9 - 15 September, 2014


In this course Susan Nemeth will explore colour, pattern and imagery using various techniques of staining and layering slips and porcelains.

The technique involves laminating sheets of coloured clays inlaid with hand cut patterns, rolling and stretching the layers to create tiles and simple shapes formed starting from flat sheets of clay with some use of moulds. It includes drawing with the knife to make fine inlay, using sheets of clays to create collage, layering, cutting and re combining to generate neriage, producing inlay from impressions and painting and pouring slips. Finishing techniques will enhance the pure qualities of the clay with a range of strong, pure colour and soft, matt feel. There will be plenty of demonstrations and students will develop their design and technical skills and have ample opportunity to experiment freely.

During the week there will be various slide presentations and videos aimed at broadening your experience of making and offering an insight into other makers' approaches.

The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs. Participants will receive 10 kg high quality porcelain suitable for the technique and firing. 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.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.
Tuesday 9 September, 2014
10.00 - 12.00 Introduction to the course
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
18.00 Susan Nemeth presentation
Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September, 2014
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Pack bisque kiln on Thursday afternoon.
Friday 12 September, 2014
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
Saturday 13 September, 2014
09.00 - 12.00 Pack high fire kiln
Sunday 14 September, 2014
Day free to visit museums, galleries, Budapest, or continue working if you wish. Work made during the first three days will be bisque fired ready for Saturday high fire packing.

Monday 15 September, 2014
09.00 - 12.00 Unpack kiln
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Final workshop and discussion

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.

Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 150.000 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.

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.

Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Accommodation is in single rooms with shared facilities or we have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC at a supplement cost. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with large, 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.

En-suite accommodation
If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.

Studios and workshops
Studios are provided for single, double or larger shared workshop spaces. There is water in most studios, tables and chairs as you need and central heating. Artists have 24 hour access to the workshops. In addition to the clay studios we have a fully equipped plaster workshop for model and mould making. We have a silkscreen printing facility for direct and indirect print including vacuum print bed, photo exposure screen and pressure washer. There is a fully equipped lecture and conference room with TV, video and DVD, digital and slide projectors. We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is computer broadband internet access (wi-fi) in most areas and residents can make use of this facility for browsing or email.

Studio materials and equipment
There are slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. provided for artist’s use and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, two for salt or soda 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.

Information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Ceramics Studio


Kormos Emese, Nemzetközi Kerámia Stúdió

Nemzetközi Kerámia Stúdió - International Ceramics Studio
Kápolna u.11. Kecskemét 6000, Hungary