- Is purchasing the online course equivalent to doing an on-site glazing workshop?
Not quite, but each of the two options has advantages, and the two can complement each other.
A glazing workshop in a ceramic training centre or a pottery workshop has the advantage of providing you with the equipment and raw materials and accompanying you physically during all stages of production. Everything is provided for you to see things through to the end.
But glazing workshops usually don’t last very long, and so it is difficult to grasp the whole of the theory around glazes, to understand in-depth the inner workings and the rationale that allow you to gain autonomy in making glazes and get creative with various glazing techniques.
I ask all the students from my professional training at Creamik school to watch the videos of the online course, because in the video, many complex points of the theory become clearer – they are illustrated with examples and allow for an overall vision that is difficult to obtain otherwise. In addition, the videos are available continuously, as if it were a permanent glazing session, a course we can come back to regularly. Each time, we can understand another subtlety, a detail that makes all the difference.
The online course on glazes can consolidate and make clearer knowledge you have learned during a glaze course in a ceramics workshop, but it can also serve as a guide if you have never taken a glaze course. It will significantly accelerate the assimilation of a course in a workshop, if you want to do one later.
Moreover, many students are happy doing only the online course to learn how to make glazes and are doing very well!