Local potter throws down the challenge

Ceramicist Moz Khokhar from Redbrook, Barnsley is hoping that the BBC 2 series the Great Pottery Throw Down will have inspired people to take up the art form in the New Year.

Moz, works at the college as a Tutorial Learning Mentor in Art, Design and Fashion and has his own ceramics studio in the Northern Young Artists Redbrook Studios and Exhibition Space. He also teaches a part-time Ceramics evening course at Barnsley College.

Moz began his journey in 2001 when he studied Art and Design at Barnsley College specialising in ceramics, he went on to complete his degree in 2006 followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2007. He has since had a variety of support roles within the college including Early Years and Care and Engineering before returning to his passion in Art, Design and Fashion.

Over the years, Moz has produced a variety of work for himself, exhibiting in the Cooper Gallery and at various galleries in South and West Yorkshire. After a two week placement with ceramicist Jim Robison at his studio in Holmfirth, Moz continued to work with Jim part-time for a further nine years.

Moz, 31, said: “I have been teaching whilst the Great Pottery Throw Down has been on, but I have watched it on iPlayer. It’s better than I expected, the preparation, glazing, drying times and firing information are broken down nicely. It’s great publicity for ceramics and I hope it will encourage people to take up the craft.”

The ten week part-time course starting in January at Barnsley College takes place on Thursdays from 6.00pm to 8.00pm and, depending upon experience, students will learn all types of clay techniques including printing and painting onto clay, surface decoration and transferring graphics onto pottery as well as the basics of clay manipulation.

The new Barnsley College part-time course guide is available to download at www.barnsley.ac.uk/part-time or you can request your copy from the Barnsley College Information Unit on 01226 216 123.

Please note that Barnsley College will be closed from Wednesday 23 December until Monday 4 January.

Last updated: 22nd December 2015

Originally posted on: 22nd December 2015