Creating pattern and texture at different stages in the making process
Peter Beard www.peterbeard.co.uk
July 9th – 15th 2017
Handbuilding and surface decoration. For Beginners and Advanced
Over the five days of the workshop students will learn a range of techniques which can be used in their ceramic work in the future. The main focus of the workshop will be the exploration of texturing surfaces in a wide and varied manner in both soft, leather hard and dry clay. The students will also explore my own glazing techniques to create patterns and texture within glazes. Their glaze tests will be fired during the course so that the results can be discussed in depth.
During the workshop I will make a piece of work myself, demonstrating the techniques that I use extensively. My work is thrown and handbuilt in stoneware – vessel and non-vessel based. I produce strong, simple shapes which are decorated with complex glaze surfaces. Students will be making predominantly clay test tiles that they can keep as a lasting reference of creative surfaces. They will also be required to make one object. The subject of this exercise will be revealed during the course.
In addition to the hands-on element of the course, I will also discuss and illustrate techniques important to the successful making of ceramic pieces such as how to fire unusual- shaped objects. I will also advise on some aspects of presenting and exhibiting work, for example, how to take professional-standard photographs.
This course is suitable for beginners as well as professional makers as no matter what your current level of skill, you will learn new skills and gather information which will always be useful in your future as a maker.
The total cost of the course is 1100 euros; Single price supplement: 150 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 150 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Peter Beard has been making ceramics professionally for almost 40 years now. His work is represented in collections around the world and he regularly lectures and demonstrates in Europe and has undertaken workshop tours in India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He won the Inax Design Prize in 1996 and has has published Resist and Masking Techniques