Ceramics with Peter Biddulph

Wheel Throwing and Decoration

Medium: Ceramics
Skill level: Introductory to intermediate
Estimated material cost: $160*

Peter Biddulph will guide you through wheel throwing and altering forms to create a cylinder that you may wish to turn into a mug, beaker, jug or vase (with and without handles).

Across five days you will also learn how to create handbuilt feet as well as throw bowls, platters and a lidded container – plus get a taste of sprigging through an in-class demonstration and take a quick trip through wheel throwing for sculptural purposes.

Once your creations are made, Peter will teach you the use of slips, underglazes and glazes for decoration with demonstrations of sgraffito, resist, layering and other techniques.

This workshop will include demonstrations from Peter, along with tuition in the practical sense.

You will focus on different types of clay for different purposes and effect, the ceramic process in general as well as combining handbuilt and thrown elements in a single work.


About Peter

Peter is a well-known ceramicist having received many awards nationally and internationally, including one from the Design Institute of Australia in 2006 for an installation titled vol Luminous.

In 2011 he was invited to exhibit in the London Design Festival and in the 10th International Biennial of Ceramics, Manises, Spain.

As an artist who utilises 3D technology and rapid prototyping, Peter was invited to exhibit work in Contemporary Artists Mixing Old and New Technologies at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in February 2014.

This is Peter’s first time teaching at a McGregor Retreat!

*Please note clay and glazes maybe bought by McGregor in bulk in order to take advantage of bulk buy pricing. In this case you will need to reimburse McGregor for this cost – further communication regarding this will be sent closer to the Retreat. The materials cost noted is indicative only if you need to purchase every item. You may already have some of the required materials or tools in your artwares collection and therefore the estimated materials cost will be less than indicated. See the materials lists for more information.