Handbuilding and decoration. Intermediate
Jan Edwards - www.clayjan.com
May 31st – June 13th 2015
Handbuilding and decoration. Intermediate.
We are made of Stories, Myths and Legends...some ancient some not. Some are Cultural, Spiritual, Familial or Personal. Some are evocative and exist without verbal language. Our intent is to ask The Muses to help us mine these Narratives so we can put them on, or into our clay work, be it on pots, tiles or work for the walls.
We will begin our studio days with exercises that are designed to quiet the mind and awaken the imagination. For further inspiration there will be slide shows, featuring narrative clay work, ancient and contemporary, side trips to see art work in the surrounding Tuscan cities and some oral storytelling.
There will be plenty of studio time to make and embellish our work. I will help you develop your ideas and bring them into fullness... sharing techniques & skills I have gathered from many years of ceramic and decorative practices. Our clay will be a rich red earthenware for hand building pots or making them on the wheel. I will teach hand building techniques and can help anyone who has basic skills on the wheel to expand their abilities. A cornucopia of decorative techniques including painting, drawing, and resists, scratching, carving and building onto the clay in the leather hard stage will be demonstrated. We will use slips, and beautiful stains to add color and richness to the work. We will be doing “Slipware”, a traditional European way of working with clay and surface decoration.
After a first firing we will glaze and fire pots with a clear glaze or finish non-functional work with a paste wax, instead of glaze, sealing the clay with a glowing semi-mat finish. You will develop your work according to your own personal aesthetic... be it exuberant or minimalist, subtle or wildly colorful.
Additional three day excursion
Prior to the workshop it is designed to inspire you greatly on the workshop theme of the Narrative.
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Cost: € 2000
The workshop fee includes the following:
- Tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- Materials and firings
- Lodging in double room; single room on request at extra cost of 140 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days.
Jan Edwards became a Studio Potter after an education in Fine Arts and she has been making pots for forty years. Her home and studio are in Portland Oregon. There she makes unique, useful pots, custom dinnerware, decorative iles, and Drawings in Clay for the walls. She regularly teaches ceramics at the Community College and the City Art Center. She loves to travel, teaching workshops, especially about putting line, pattern and color on clay work. www.clayjan.com