Putting Line, Pattern and Colour on Clay and on Paper.
Jan Edwards - www.clayjan.com
September 17th – 29th 2017
Drawing and decoration. With travel portion. For all
We will start our explorations in the la Meridiana Studio using red terracotta clay, coloured slips, and black stain to embellish what we make. There will be instruction on making tiles and simple slab pots. A cornucopia of decorative techniques will be demonstrated, including brush painting, resists, and sgraffito.
“How best shall I decorate this pot to enhance its form?” This question will be addressed by exploring some of the techniques and design ideas used by artists from the Etruscans to the present. Additionally we will do plein-air painting and drawing in clay in the classic Tuscan landscape just outside the studio.
The work we make during the first week will be fired while we leave for southern Tuscany for the painting part of the workshop.
The second part of our workshop is based in Maremma, a wild country with beautiful coastline. We will start our days with 2 or 3 hours of plein-air painting and/or drawing. Daily instruction will be offered in composition, colour theory, mixing colour and perspective. We will do some exercises, designed to open artistic options, build skills, and find new ways to approach our subject matter.
We will be working mostly in watercolour and ink and demonstrations will be adjusted to fit the needs of the group. During the afternoons and evenings we will venture further afar, to explore ancient villages with buildings carved in stone, archaeological sites and last but not least, the gourmet treasures of wine, cheese and fish found in the area. A small sketchbook and pen will be sufficient to capture impressions of our meandering.
This workshop is open to art lovers with all levels of experience. It is well suited to potters who want to explore colour and to painters who want to get their hands in some clay.
The total cost of the course is 2100 euros; Single price supplement: 350 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 350 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan meal with wine on all working days
Travel Portion in southern Tuscany
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 colour on clay work.