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Instructors 2010

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01 Pietro Maddalena
14 Richard Phethean
15 Pietro Maddalena
17 Tony & Sheila Clennell
19 Thomas Welti
19a Pietro Maddalena
20 Luca Tripaldi
21 Leah Leitson
23 Carolyn Genders
24 Lucianne Lassalle
26 Pietro Maddalena
27 Luca Tripaldi
29 Patty Wouters
30 Luca Tripaldi
31 D.Polseno-R.Hensley
33 Pietro Maddalena
35 Jan Edwards
37 Luca Tripaldi
38 Ellen Shankin
42 Malcom Davis
44 D.Cichon & M.Dalglish

14 Slipware - European tradition and contemporary art form
Instructor: Richard Phethean
Type: Throwing, press-moulding and tile making. For all
Date: April 7 - 15

The workshop will begin with a busy session producing work suitable for practicing slip-decoration techniques: Test tiles, press-moulded dishes, simple, classical thrown forms – cups, jugs, vases, bowls etc. - with clean lines and smooth surface. More experienced throwers will be encouraged to try increasing the scale and scope of their work by making altered and composite forms.
We will primarily be using a red clay body.  
Students will experiment with all the tools and techniques of the medium – slip-trailing, sgrafitto, combing, resist, brush, print etc. and how to combine techniques for richer surface effects.
In order to help students develop their own decorative themes, we will make a midweek visit to the superb pottery collection in the Etruscan Museum at Volterra, the dramatic, fortified medieval Tuscan hill town. Richard will give slide lectures on the development of his own work, and on the current European slipware scene to illustrate the diversity of personal styles and the versatility of this colourful and spontaneous medium, from it’s roots as a folk art, to it’s painterly and experimental practice today.

Cost: € 990, The cost for a non- clay participant is of   € 690
Includes tuition, materials and firings, lodging, lunches and side trips

Richard Phethean is a ceramics graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and further trained in the studio's of tutors Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko, Richard is an established professional potter whose work has been exhibited throughout the UK and can be found in collections internationally. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association, and is on the Crafts Council of Great Britain's Index of Selected Makers.
After an early interest and exploration on English slipware and graffito techniques, preoccupied with achieving greater depth and texture in the surface he began to evolve a more personal style were brushing layers of colours and slips on the terra cotta. Since a few years he has taken a new direction altogether, taking a long term break from domestic pottery production in order to follow a much more sculptural path with his work .

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