Tuesday to Friday, 9th -12th July, 18:00 - 21:00 with Anja Slapničar
Learn how to make ceramics from materials found in nature. Anja will take you through the process of preparing and testing samples of clay and raw glaze materials found in nature. Create your own ceramic pieces with the natural clay, fire them and apply your natural glazes to their surfaces.
Course will be held in English
Price: 195€, including materials and burning costs, pieces will be glazed during the course
Time for tea: Teapot making workshop
Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th July, time tbc (SX2) with Anja Slapničar
Our goal is to make at least 4 finished objects of functional ceramics, which will be dried and fired after class is finished. After firing it your works can be picked up.
Emphasis will be made on the pinching technique. Although it is considered as ancient and basic technique, it does not mean that the making process of utensils will be easy. We will need in-depth knowledge about material, physical changes during drying and firing process and usage of certain types of tools. All that combined will make a step further from beginner’s ceramics towards professional and fully operational tea ceramics.
Course will be held in English
Price: €245, including materials and burning cost
Glazing is not included in this course. If you've never glazed before then please book a glazing appointment, otherwise please pick your pieces up once they have been bisque fired!
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I have very clear memories from my childhood, like the picture of me making animals out of mud, playing with plasticine and making figurines from bread dough. I have to thank my grandmother for always trying to do something creative in the time she spent babysitting me. She was a primary school teacher, but she was also very skilled in knitting, drawing and painting. My grandfather was very skilled too. I sometimes helped him in making wind rattlers and helped paint it. Both of my parents have a technical degree and my mother is always trying to fix things herself. I was raised in a environment where everybody was making or fixing things.
My first pottery class was at age 6 with Niko Golob. I wanted to make a giraffe, but because of the long neck he suggested to make something else: I did a triceratops instead. My art teacher saw my interest in clay in primary school, so she gave me extra time to play with it. My mother suspected I liked clay and eventually enrolled me to another class, this time more serious, at age 17, with Nataša Kokol. At 23 I joined another two classes with Mojca Rabič and decided to buy a pottery wheel. From then on I wanted to spend more and more on a pottery wheel.
Mostly I want to make useful things. Things people use in everyday life. I want people to experience small little moments and make these moments just a bit more special. Therefore I love making tea and coffee cups. These are the cups we use on a daily basis. Cups are very intimate as well; besides of touching them with our hands, we also touch them with our lips.
I still haven’t found my way of clay. By that I mean I am still trying many different techniques and materials. I make stoneware and I find many inspirations in japanese ceramics and their way of living. Ways have lead me to one special type: wood-fired ceramics.
In 2013 I attended my first workshop for wood-firing under ceramics master Lou Smedts. I would like to specialize in food-fired ceramics and someday try to build my wood-fired kiln.