Explore some simple Japanese techniques that are not commonly used in this country. You will experience how to do spiral edging, making a vase or dishes by Himotsukuri (coiling), making a little box by Kurinuki (hollowing a lump of clay), a tea bowl or a cup by Tamatsukuri (thumb pot) and a plate by Tataratsukuri (slab making) on a hump/press mould or on coiled clay (wet slab). Then you will learn brush drawing or printing techniques to decorate your pieces.
Each piece will be decorated by Japanese brush drawing or slip decoration techniques, such as: Hakeme, Mishima and Katagami. You will be encouraged to get inspiration from West Dean Gardens and design your patterns and drawings for the decoration.
By doing this course, you will learn Tebineri (the basic Japanese hand building) techniques, which can be developed and used for more advanced pieces of your own.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Rie Tsuruta studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. Her own work is made to be held, felt and used in the centre of people's lives, and to provoke a sense of intimacy and awareness of touch. She has exhibited at Flow Gallery, London, Ceramic Art London and was shortlisted for the 2014 British Ceramic Biennial FRESH Award.
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