Martin McWilliam www.martin-mcwilliam.de
August 23rd – 29th 2015
Handbuilding. For all.
This course provides the opportunity to build large scale: vessels or objects – figurative, symbolic, abstract or very classic. A comprehensive range of building techniques are taught to handle and join clay slabs or coils and to work from the solid block, with the possibility of combining all of the techniques. Finishing possibilities will be explored: a spectrum of scraping, filing, beating, brushing, sawing, rolling patterns, polishing, apply slip or clay like plastering where after building the raw structure and building the vessel the basic form is satisfactory and a layer of fresh clay is applied – up to one cm. thick, opening a multitude of surface structural possibilities. We will discuss ways to add colour with slips, oxides, and various firing possibilities and the use of cold glaze. Martin will give demos and slide talks to further illustrate the range of building big. Students will be asked to bring a model or sketch of an individual project and Martin will revise and assist throughout the process of building. The forte of this course lies in conveying an open minded use of clay. For 40 years creativity in ceramics has been part of Martin’s everyday life. He enjoys the challenges that he is exposed to in these workshops - as solutions are looked for to realize the ideas of the participants. Due to the size, it will not be able to fire and take home the main piece at the end of the workshop, however, arrangements for firing and shipping or pick up within one month may be made.
Cost: € 960
The workshop fee includes the following:
- Tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- All Materials
- Lodging in double room; single room add extra cost of 140 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days
Martin McWilliam was born in Cape-town. At age nine his family returned to England. He studied and trained as a potter at the Bournemouth Art School, completing his preparation at Dartington Pottery and in workshops in EU and Japan. After two decades of research around the external image of a vessel in his typical reversed "Trompe-l'œil” style, he started to explore now the interior of these archetypical bowls and jars. He has exhibited internationally and his work is found in private and public collections around the world. Since 1997 he is chairman of the Werkschule Oldenburg and since 2007 member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He lives and works in Germany.