Surface Decoration for Ceramics

Ocean Studios Performing & Visual Arts
Join Tim Gee in collaboration with the Pottery at Ocean Studios for our first ceramics talk of the season!

Working with clay is really exciting and so much fun, but when it comes to decorating the finished work, this tends to be an afterthought, as in, ‘I’ve made it now what do I do?’ This approach usually ends with any available glaze haphazardly applied. Is it any wonder the final piece is disappointing. The aim of the evening is to demonstrate some of the choices that are available, using these will allow us each to have a unique and personal approach to decorating our work.

We will cover some of the wide range of inventive, decorative techniques available, allowing the maker to be adventurous and experimental. Also covered will be the basics of glaze making; what is a glaze, how do I make it, colour it and above all use it.

There will be a wide range of samples to handle and discuss, we would also ask participants to bring a piece of work or a picture with a surface they like or one that inspires them.

Tim gee will be leading the session, he has been a professional potter for more than twenty years, his work has been featured in many books and has sold in this country and abroad. He did his degree dissertation on mock celadon glazes and his MA on tactile glaze surfaces.

Travel Information

Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP.

We are an environmentally conscious organisation and encourage our visitors to prioritise green travel. Please consider getting the bus, cycling or walking to visit us. There are plenty of space for bikes within Royal William Yard to and lots of options to utilise public transport. More information on bus routes and car parks nearby can be found here –

If you do need to drive to attend your event then there are lots of pay and display spaces available.

When arriving at Royal William Yard you’ll need to look out for signage to Factory Cooperage, Ocean Studios can be found just a few meters away from the red telephone box situated opposite the Club House. Please enter the building via the courtyard space and through the glass doors.

When leaving the building at night please be respectful and consider residents living nearby.


Ocean Studios has an accessible entrance however some areas are uneven due to heritage restrictions. We have worked hard to create an accessible building, Ocean Studios has accessible toilet facilities and lift access to upper floors. Blue badge parking is available throughout the Royal William Yard – please advise us of any additional needs so we can make your visit enjoyable and comfortable.

Heritage Restrictions
Whilst we work to ensure the building is fully accessible to all, we are limited by the heritage building and land in which we work. The listed building and historic location have certain constraints which unfortunately we cannot avoid or adapt.

Where possible we have improved accessibility however please be aware that areas of Royal William Yard and our buildings has uneven ground and narrow steps with may limit access to wheelchairs and prams. For further information please contact us or whilst visiting Ocean Studios please speak to a member of staff.

Additional Information

Arrival and admission
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