There can be magic in painting on a three-dimensional canvas much unlike a flat surface. Discover and honour your inner voice while investigating personal style through hand building low temperature ceramics and an intensive investigation of the decorated surface.
You will begin by making a series of pieces either sculptural or functional. Later in the week this work will be decorated in a way that shares equal time and attention to the finishing, as well as to the making. Our aim will be to marry form with surface in a way that expresses the special vision of each maker. Basic hand building methods of coiling, pinching, slab work and carving, will be demonstrated and applied to create sculptural or functional work during the initial days of the course.
Brushwork technique will be demonstrated primarily, as well as scrafitto and inlay to create rich and varied surfaces. You will then spend intensive time diving into surface decoration which is the focus and intention of this course.
Interspersed during the days of making will be discussion and demonstration of different painting techniques and strategies as we consider ways of thinking about how to complete the surface of our works – brushwork will be the primary method used. Various colourful ways to approach the surface of our work as a painter, by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides will be demonstrated. You will learn a low-tech method of making terra sigilatta, and emphasis will be on creating a relaxed and rich environment where people can play with colour, texture and imagery and be inspired by the surrounding landscape to create something new and visionary in their work. Other techniques including scrafitto, inlay, and printing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed as well.
By the end of the class, you will have finished several works and have laid down a foundation to create a whole series based on techniques taught during the workshop.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jenny has been working with ceramics professionally for over 25 years combining her love of clay and painting. She works as a fulltime maker and has taught workshops across the United States, as well as participated in ceramic residencies in France, Slovenia, Latvia, Turkey The Netherlands, and Serbia.