How to paint on ceramics: Iznik

Dates: 4 February 2020 - 24 March 2020
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Nooshin Shafiei
Full price
£ 350

Learn about the traditional floral forms unique to the Iznik school of ceramics. Iznik ware is named after the town of İznik in western Anatolia where it was made. This style flourished in the last quarter of the 15th century until the end of the 17th century.

Iznik potters favored a number of motifs over the decades, from blue and white flowers clearly inspired by Chinese art, to loose flowing tulips and cypresses in blues, reds, and greens.

Practice brushwork techniques for applying glaze sensitively to ceramics.

Then decorate and glaze a stoneware plate using your new skills.

After you have applied your design, the plate will be fired and covered in a clear protective glaze.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided. Please note that in addition to course fees, clay will be charged at £2.50 per 500 g of fired material. This should be paid at the end of the course, upon collection of your fired piece(s).

What should I wear?

Aprons will be supplied, but we recommend comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting a little messy.

Avoid wearing: Baggy clothing (especially sleeves), loose jewelry; High heels or open-toed shoes. 

Health & Safety: 

  • Follow your tutor's advice to keep exposure to dust at a minimum. Wear any personal protective equipment such as goggles or gloves when instructed by your tutor.

  • Wash your hands regularly between activities.

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the studio where glazing is done.

  • Lead-based glazes are not permitted in our studios.

What days do I attend?


What if I do not finish my work?

Students will be guided through lessons with the aim of students leaving with fired, and glazed pieces by the end of the week. However, this cannot be guaranteed. We regret that due to the busy nature of our workshop, we cannot accommodate students at different times.

Finally, we cannot guarantee that work won’t be damaged in the kiln.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

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Tutor biography

Nooshin Shafiei

Nooshin Shafiei, PhD, began her career in woodcarving and marquetry before moving on to ceramics, illumination, miniature painting, metal engraving and weaving. She has studied under the supervision of Iranian traditional masters and attained a BA in Handicrafts (Distinction), MA in Art Research (Distinction). She received her PhD from the School of Traditional Arts. Her research, entitled Reconstructing the Saqqa-khaneh in the 21st Century: Designing Traditional Devotional Architecture for a Contemporary Context focused on the saqqa-khaneh, a public fountain that, since Safavid times, has been a feature of the urban landscape in Iran. Nooshin used her work as an artist and placed a project of creating a saqqa-khaneh for a London setting at the centre of the research. She has over twenty years experience as a tutor and has exhibited her work both in the UK and internationally.

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