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Instructors 2011

Course number:
01 Pietro Maddalena
17 Richard Phethean
18 Robbie Lobell
24 Susan Nemeth
25 Pietro Maddalena
27 Luca Tripaldi
27a Virginia Pates
28 T.Toland & B.C.Stichter
29 Pietro Maddalena
30 Luca Tripaldi
31 D.Polseno &      R.Hensley
33 P.Maddalena &             O.Mengucci
34 Ruthanne Tudball
36 Luca Tripaldi
37 Lorri Acott-Fowler
38 Pietro Maddalena
38A Pietro Maddalena
40 Melissa Farquhar
41 Carolyn Genders

17 Easter in clay : Slipware in the European tradition and as a contemporary art form
Richard Phethean
April 23rd – 30th, 2011
Throwing. For all

The workshop will begin with a busy session producing work suitable for practicing slip-decoration techniques: simple, classical thrown forms – cups, jugs, vases, bowls etc. - with clean lines and smooth surface. Novices will receive plenty of practical help with the basic techniques of throwing and 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  It includes welcome dinner, lunches, lodging, tuition, materials and firings.

Richard Phetheanis 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. He has been commissioned to write a new throwing book for A & C Black. An opportunity to update his original book published nearly twenty years ago.

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