Jason Walker www.jasonwalkerceramics.com
July 13th- 26th 2014
Handbuilding, mouldmaking. Intermediate and advanced.
This workshop will focus on aiding each student in developing a personal approach to creating ceramic art with a focus on narrative imagery and storytelling. Beginning with each student's personal narrative, the instructors will expose the students to various aesthetic choices and technical skills through demonstrations, discussions and hands-on work sessions. Aesthetic considerations will involve choice of imagery, format, composition and juxtaposition of these images to create a story, and manipulation of scale, form and surface to further push the narrative. Technical skills will include handbuilding and carving numerous forms and objects, relief carving, basic press molding, and surface illustration. Early in the workshop, we will be taking a field trip to Florence to observe the many Della Robbian terra cottas (and other works of art) which compliment much of the architecture of the city, especially the great churches and cathedrals. Both Richard Notkin and Jason Walker have created works of ceramic art that utilize many of the workshop's concepts and skills, and this will be a rare opportunity to work with these two renowned artists to further develop your own work.
Cost: € 2100
The workshop fee includes
- 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
Richard Notkin’s narrative teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in more than 65 public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. A full-time studio artist, among his awards are three artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2008, Notkin was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and was also awarded a USA Hoi Fellowship by the United States Artists Foundation. He has taught more than 300 workshops worldwide since 1974.
Jason Walker was born in 1973 and grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. He received a BFA from Utah State University and a MFA from Penn State University. After schooling he taught for two years in Napa California but quit teaching to pursue life as a studio artist. Since then, he has taught at various places in the U.S., including Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Penland School for the Crafts and Santa Fe Clay. He spent two years as a resident at the Archie ray Foundation for the ceramic Arts, where he was the recipient of the Taunt Fellowship award. He has also been awarded an NCECA International residency Fellowship for a residency in Vallauris, France. He has work in major collections such as the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, De Young, the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona. He has shown and lectured internationally in places such as China, South Korea, Ireland and France. He is currently represented by the Ferrin Gallery, and works as a studio artist in Bellingham, Washington.