Utility and Embellishment
Lorna Meaden www.lornameadenpottery.com
May 10th – 23rd 2015
Throwing. Intermediate and advanced
The making and finishing of pots for use. Within the wide spectrum of pots are those that are simply for daily use, and others that are more decorative and elaborate. This workshop will address ways of throwing a variety of functional pots like cups, bowls, pouring pots, lidded jars, teapots, spoons and scoops. Formal issues such as line, volume, and scale will be discussed, as well as ideas concerning aesthetics, historical reference, and function. Students will be encouraged to expand and refine their work through altering clay thrown on the wheel. For surface and decoration we will use slip inlay technique, use of shellac for relief, and decoration techniques with glaze. The work produced in this workshop will be fired to high temperature in a soda kiln. We will discuss how to adapt the techniques to any firing temperature or atmosphere.
In addition to working in the studio, we will take advantage of being in Italy and take art history and gourmet related field trips to the surroundings.
Cost: 2100 €
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 280 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days
- Field trips and gourmet tastings
Lorna Meaden grew up in the western suburb of Chicago, La Grange. After receiving a B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1994, she established a studio in Durango, Colorado where she worked as a studio potter for the next eight years. She received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University in June of 2005. She has recently been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. She was featured as a demonstrator and lecturer at the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts, as well as Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object. Her work is represented by several national galleries. She is currently a studio potter in Durango, as well as Adjunct Professor of Art at Fort Lewis College.