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Ceramic Short Course: Design & Decorate the Iznik Plate

Teaching will be practice based. Through a total of 24-hours, participants will learn to design and decorate the Iznik Plate. Guidance will be given on a one-to-one and a group basis. This course is limited to 8 seats and will be held on Wednesdays 18:00 -21:00. The starting date is 19 June 2019. Registration is Mandatory and beginners are welcome. (Age 16+)

Fees: £220 (Limited scholarship is available)

To register:

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Ceramic Short Course: Design & Decorate the Iznik Plate

19th June 2019 – 7th August 2019

Materials: papers (A4), pencils, rubber, sharper, mount board, brush and ink (The Islamic College will provide all the necessary materials throughout this course.)


  • To give students a fundamental introduction to plate designs from the Islamic arts, in particular, Islamic ceramic designs.
  • To introduce base elements in design and Decorate the Iznik Plate
  • To explore the role of geometry in an Islamic ceramic
  • To teach students a traditional geometrical composition as well as the variety of floral motifs.
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to create their own composition.
  • By the end of the course, the student should have a ceramic plate with a biomorphic pattern



  • H3, B2 pencils
  • Roller
  • Compose
  • Brushes (N. 00, 1 and 2)
  • Tracing paper
  • Chalk
  • Ceramic plate
  • Glaze and under Glaze

(The Islamic college will provide all the necessary materials throughout this course)

Course Plan:

Week 1:

  • Slide Show and talk on Islamic ceramic, including history, traditional ways of drawing pattern, plate and tiles and glaze preparation.
  • Practical geometry: dividing a circle into 6, 8 and 12 fold.
  • Practical geometry: Drawing biomorphic pattern base on geometric analysis.

Week 2:

  • Analysing a plate design base on grids drawn in class.
  • Tracing the outline of the image on a tracing paper
  • Transferring image from tracing paper on to watercolor paper using traditional methods.

Week 3:

  • Practicing horizontal and vertical line with a pencil on a piece of paper.
  • Practicing spirals with pencil on a piece of paper. Practicing horizontal, vertical line and spirals with fine natural hairbrushes on ceramic tiles.
  • Ceramic tiles will be fired in a kiln

Week 4:

Understanding the fine hand movements on the chosen patterns.

  • Preparing handmade glaze.
  • Outlining the traced image with a fine brush and handmade glaze on the ceramic plate.

Week 5:

Continuing with paint application

  • Understanding the different types of glazes.
  • Test glazes are to make a series of tests.

Week 6:

Continue with the rest of applying paints

  • Introduction of traditional solid techniques
 for applying the glaze.
  • Finishing the main body of paint

Week 7:

Introduction of shading techniques

  • Finishing the whole painting on the plate.
  • Putting the piece into the kiln for the first round of firing,

Week 8:

Over glaze application demonstration for ceramics

  • Finishing the final glazing.


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