Moroccan Tiles: Zillij

Subject: Ceramics, Geometry, Applied Arts
Dates: 9 October 2018 - 4 December 2018
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Nooshin Shafiei
Full price
£ 350

An introduction to the art of Zillij, a style of ceramic tiling unique to Morocco.

The course will guide you through these processes: constructing a traditional geometric design; working with raw clay to shape sub-components of the pattern; glazing. 

By the end of the course you should have completed a panel of tiles, composed to your own design.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided in the class.

In addition to course fees, clay will be charged at £2.50 per 500g of fired material. This should be paid at the end of the course, on collection of your fired piece.

The ventilation system in our workshop can result in the room feeling cold; we recommend bringing a jumper that you do not mind getting a little grubby.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome

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 8 weeks. However, this cannot be guaranteed as each class must move at its own pace. Students who have fired, but unglazed pieces may attend an additional glazing day. Glazing days will be scheduled for one day per term.

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 or not survive a firing.

What days do I attend ?

This course will be held on 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Please note that there will be no class on 30 October.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £280.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Tutor biography

Nooshin Shafiei

Nooshin Shafiei 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) and is pursuing a PhD in Traditional Arts at The Prince's School. Nooshin has over twenty years experience as a tutor and has exhibited her work both in the UK and internationally.

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