The extraordinary potentiality of vitreous porcelain.
Curtis Benzle - www.benzleporcelain.com
September 10th – 16th 2017
Handbuilding. For all levels
This workshop will celebrate the beauty and magic of light as it accentuates color, expands form and energizes surfaces in translucent porcelain.
We will discuss the unique, light transmitting characteristics of vitreous porcelain and will follow up with an exploration of techniques used to color and incorporate light into our artwork.
Topics covered will include relief carving (lithophane), color additions, colored clay techniques and porcelain formulas, as we consider colored, translucent porcelain in its many manifestations; sculpture, pottery (agateware or neriage), translucent lighting and jewelry.
Mornings will be devoted to exploration, demonstrations and technical discussions aimed at unlocking mysteries, expanding knowledge and empowering creativity. Afternoons will be devoted to making your quiet, personal experimentation or technical guidance and assistance, whatever it takes to help you bring out the best.
The total cost of the course is 1080 Euro; Single price supplement: 150 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition (6 – 8 hours per day, studio open 12 hours)
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 140 €
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Curtis Benzle has developed and used colored, translucent porcelain for forty years. His signature artworks are translucent, sculptural vessels and architectural lighting. They are represented in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seto(Japan) Cultural Center and Taipei(Taiwan) County Yingge Ceramics Museum.
Curtis has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH). Curtis is a former Trustee of the American Craft Council and past Board President and Executive Director Ohio Designer Craftsmen.