Altering Thrown Forms
Lisa Ehrich www.lisaehrich.com
Rick Hensley www.richardhensleypottery.com
June 18th – July 1st 2017
Throwing and handbuilding. Intermediate
This course will invite the students to learn and use several basic techniques of altering thrown ceramic forms. We will pinch and push and cut and fold our thrown porcelain pots with a playful, yet purposeful goal of creating dynamic spaces and shapes and forms. Some useful variations such as squares and ovals and other ideas of altering the pieces into lobed vessels will be demonstrated to the class. All of the instruction will be given with the goal of making a theme based group of pieces that we can hold up to a standard of invention that allows us to see our work with a critical eye. The best results of the first days will be discussed and encouraged as a direction for more investigation and practice. The final days of the class will be spent glazing and firing the best pieces, and again, instruction will focus on ideas and concepts that show the altered work in the best fashion. Our approach from beginning to end will have a goal and purpose of making a complete and personal statement about altered porcelain pots.
The total cost of the course is 2100 euros; Single price supplement: 300 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 300 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days.
Lisa Ehrich received her BFA from University of Texas and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. For the past 30 years she has taught at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas and has chaired the Art Department for 25 years. Her work is inspired by nature and utilizes both the imagery and symbolism of organic forms.
Richard Hensley is internationally known for his distinctive porcelain pottery. He has been a studio potter for 30 years and a teacher at Hollins University for the last ten years. His work has been published in books and magazines, shown in museums and the recipient of the prestigious NEA Fellowship. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and in Izmir, Turkey. He has taught in short term positions at several prestigious universities and at the Jingdezhen Institute for Ceramics in China.
Susan Mollet is a ceramic artist whose work is primarily sculptural, using found objects with a variety of clays and firings. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University and Master of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University. Susan exhibits her work nationally and has been an instructor of ceramics and art appreciation at Brookhaven College in Dallas since 1996.