with Patty Wouters

Patty Wouters-szel

25 - 29 September, 2023
course fee: 400,000 HUF.


During this course Patty Wouters will explain alternative firing techniques like saggar firing and other smoke firing techniques. Participants will explore the use of different kinds of clay, the difference in using (coloured) engobes, burnishing and the use of terra sigillata in combination with sulfates as colourants. There will be many possibilities for participants to explore and experiment with combining different techniques.


1. Various saggar firing possibilities and the difference if using various temperatures.
2. The difference between saggar firing and other smoke firing techniques.
3. Which clays can be used? How different are the results using different clays and firings at different temperatures?
4. The difference between burnished and unburnished ceramic work.
5. What kind of saggars can be used? How can you build your own saggar?
6. The use of sulfates and/or coloured engobes.
7. What kind of combustibles can be used?
8. How can you create special effects?  

Participants should bring some tiles and/or ceramic pieces - 2 or 3 small (max 15 cm) bisqued pieces and maybe 5 bisqued tiles (12 x 12 cm) made in the clay you usually use at home.

You will also make more pieces here for raw clay working.

Ezen a tanfolyamon Patty Wouters olyan alternatív égetési technikákat ismertet, mint a saggar égetés és más redukciós technikák. A résztvevők megismerkednek a különböző agyagfajták, a színes engóbok és a terra sigillata szulfátokkal kombinált színezőanyagok használatával. Az alkotóknak számos lehetőségük lesz arra, hogy felfedezzék és kikísérletezzék a különböző technikák kombinálását.


1. Különböző saggar égetések és más-más hőmérsékletek használatának eltérései
2. A saggar égetés és más redukciós technikák közötti különbség
3. Milyen agyagok használhatók? Mennyire eltérőek az eredmények különböző agyagok használata és különböző hőmérsékleten történő égetések esetén?
4. Az égetett és az égetetlen kerámiamunkák közötti különbség
5. Milyen saggar-ok használhatók? Hogyan lehet saját saggar-t készíteni?
6. A szulfátok és/vagy színes engóbok használata
7. Milyen éghető anyagokat lehet használni?
8. Hogyan lehet különleges effekteket létrehozni?

A résztvevők hozzanak magukkal néhány zsengélt csempelapot vagy kerámia tárgyat - 2-3 kisebb (max. 15cm) zsengélt darabok és 5 darab (12x12cm) zsengélt lapok, olyan agyagból, melyből otthon is dolgoznak.

A kurzus időtartama alatt is lesz tárgykészítésre lehetőség nyers agyagból.

Experiment with saggar firing in combination with terra sigillata and the use of metal sulphates as colorants.
 During this workshop participants will explore different possibilities of saggar firing and some other alternative smoke firing techniques.

Patty will talk about smoke-firing and describe the relationship between form and smoke. She will introduce the different techniques involved with long firings (sawdust kiln, pitfiring and saggar firing) and fast firings (open fire with newspaper and sawdust).

Participants will decorate their own pieces using techniques such as resists, colorants (sulphates) and burnishing plus terra sigillata. Firings will include saggar and other alternative techniques.

Patty Wouters is an internationally recognised ceramic artist living in the Flanders region of Belgium. She studied graphics and ceramics at art schools in Antwerp and Hasselt (Belgium) and Wolverhampton University in the UK. She participated in numerous ceramic workshops with well-known ceramists like Takeshi Yasuda, Antonia Salmon, David Miller, Dave Roberts, Sasha Wardell, Steve Mattison, Peter Lane, and many others.

She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (AIC-IAC) and Design Flanders.


Kísérletezés a saggar égetéssel, a terra sigillata és a fémszulfátok színezőanyagként való felhasználásával. A workshop során a résztvevők felfedezik a saggar égetés különböző lehetőségeit és néhány más alternatív redukciós technikát.

Patty beszélni fog a redukcióról, ismerteti a forma és a redukció közötti kapcsolatot. Bemutatja a hosszú égetések (fűrészporos kemence, gödörégetés és saggar égetés) és a gyors égetések (nyílt tűz újságpapírral és fűrészporral) különböző technikáit.

Patty Wouters nemzetközileg elismert keramikusművész, Belgiumban él. Grafikát és kerámiát tanult Antwerpenben és Hasseltben (Belgium), valamint az angliai Wolverhamptoni Egyetemen. Számos kerámia workshopon vett részt olyan neves keramikusoknál, mint Takeshi Yasuda, Antonia Salmon, David Miller, Dave Roberts, Sasha Wardell, Steve Mattison, Peter Lane és sokan mások.

Tagja a Nemzetközi Kerámia Akadémiának (AIC-IAC) és a Design Flandersnek.


● Accommodation in a single room.
● Teaching fee.
● Materials and any firings you need for the course.
● 24 hour access to the studio.
● Refreshments: Free drinks, tea, coffee, snacks and fresh fruit are available for all participants.

We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 huf.



A 50% deposit is required within 14 days to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.


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.


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.

The workshop language will be English.


Accommodation is in single bedrooms 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 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.

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.


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.


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.

Kecskeméti Kortárs Művészeti Műhelyek

Kecskemét Contemporary Art Studios


Kápolna u.11,
Kecskemét 6000

+36 76 486867


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