Jeff Forster - www.jefforster.com
April 5th – 11th 2015
Handbuilding. For all.
In this workshop, Jeff Foster will teach a variety of unconventional building techniques. Demos and instruction will include the use of reclaimed clay and dry glaze/clay discard to make slabs, the use of paper infused casting slip to create ultra-thin slabs, glaze casting and solid building, sheet-rock as a building material. Also, how to combine metal or steel structures with low-fire clay as part of the finished piece. Facilitated by Jeff’s guidance and expertise, you will apply these techniques on your own projects. The dramatic aspects of the pieces that you can create using these techniques may get greatly influenced by the unspoilt Tuscan nature surrounding the Ceramic School. During the evenings and when pieces dry/ get fired, we will venture out on field trips to medieval hamlets, art towns and the incomparable Chianti countryside. Good food and wine is part of the programme!
Cost: € 1100
Spouses are welcome and do receive a discounted price of € 900
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 Euro 1100 – single room Euro 1380
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days
- Field trips and gourmet tastings
Jeff Forster was born in Albany Minnesota in 1974, Jeff received a BA in Art Education from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. After teaching high school art for three years, he received his MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He has exhibited nationwide and is known for his sculptures that display elemental, fractural effects that evoke a distant past. Currently he is the Ceramics Chair at the MFAH/Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. www.jefforster.com