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Instructors 2016

Curtis Benzle
Rick Berman
Sunshine Cobb
John Colbeck
Lisa Ehrich
Carolyn Genders
Maria Geszler-Garzuly
Andreas Hinder
Kate & Will Jacobson
Sandy Lockwood
Pietro Maddalena
Ute Naue-Müller
Susan Nemeth
Donna Polseno
Heike Rabe
Ellen Shankin
Luca Tripaldi
Sharon Warrington
Lucia Zucconi



 


33 Porcelain Throwing
A two week course about throwing and finishing porcelain vessels.
John Colbeck
August 7th – 20th 2016

Throwing. For all

Throwing porcelain is often thought of as being more difficult than throwing other clays. This is a misconception. It is more constructive, and accurate, simply to think of porcelain as having different qualities to other clays.
In essence, porcelain is the purest of clays. When high fired it is extremely hard and durable and, when thin, is translucent. It is resistant to thermal shock. From heat shields on space capsules, to cutting tools, to spark plugs and insulators, to jewellery, to dentistry and in other fields porcelain and derivatives of porcelain have found application in a wide and increasing range of contexts in society since Marco Polo returned from the Orient, with awe inspiring porcelain vessels, to a Europe in which earthenware was the norm. Porcelain endures today as a beautiful material with which to throw useful and decorative vessels.
The central focus of the course is throwing but a related focus is to cover a range of the ways porcelain may be finished. Our aim is that, within the framework of the course, the distinct needs of different interests, and differing levels of experience, from complete beginners through to advanced students, will be met through individual and group teaching.
Each morning and afternoon session will begin with a demonstration to the group. Participants may then work in relation to those demonstrations or pursue their particular interests – in both cases with the attention and support of the teacher. The sequence of wheel based demonstrations will cover the throwing and trimming of a range of different forms, from simple bowls to jugs and teapots. A related sequence of demonstrations will cover decorative and glazing processes relevant to porcelain, including the making of porcelain bodies. Work will be finished in the gas reduction kilns at 1285C (2345F) (Cone 10). On request, a detailed day-by-day programme of demonstrations will be sent by email.
The practical work of the course will be complemented by two illustrated talks referring to the diversity of qualities in historical and contemporary work in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, and by one illustrated technical talk on porcelain bodies.

Cost: € 1900
The workshop fee includes the following:
- Tuition (class is 6-8  hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- All materials and firings;
- Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 280 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days


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La MeridianaJohn Colbeck has taught full and part time at Ceramics degree courses in the UK throughout his working life and was for many years Head of Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and, in addition, has taught many short courses and given lectures and seminars in the UK and abroad.
He is author of "Pottery, the Technique of Throwing" (1969), "Pottery, Techniques of Decoration" (1983) (both of these still available as Classic reprints from Axner Supplies USA) and "Pottery Materials" (1988).
He produces unglazed, polished thrown forms in stoneware and porcelain.




 
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