[ausgebucht] Natural Materials
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.
We will start with an introduction. Preparing of commercial and wild materials will take a large part of our workshop. For each material we will prepare test tiles, label it and make melt samples, sieve raw materials and finally fire small samples. We will mix 1 or 2 clay bodies from commercial stoneware clay and natural materials and make small pieces with hand building or throwing technique, which will dry until day 3.
First thing on the second day is opening the kiln and checking the melted samples. From the results we will make 1 glaze recipe with commercial materials and natural materials as addition and fire that too.
First thing on day three is another kiln opening and checking secondary tests. After discussing samples, we will do possible adjusting and raw glaze our pieces from day 1. We will fire again.
Last kiln opening and discussion.
Result: gained knowledge about diversity of natural materials in ceramics, fired samples and fired small test works.
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, 10:00 - 17:00 (SX2) with Anja Slapničar
We will learn how to build a teapot using a coil building technique. The first part of the workshop will be used to explain different kinds of teapots, teapot parts and their functions and important hotspots of a teapot. Introduction will also include discussion about clay, its physics and laws which we will combine with the physics of water/tea in the teapot. After commenting these limitations and movement, each will sketch their own teapot.
The second part will start with building of the base and body of the teapot. DependIng on each teapot's shape we will adjust our building. In the mean time, when body will be left to partially dry and harden, we will prepare other parts of teapot. At the end of the first day, we will have first part ready. If there will be time available, we could make simple shaped tea cups, made with coil technique.
On the second day body and parts will be ready to be assembled together. Cups can be finished too. Second part of the second day will be used for finishing touches, which include fine tuning, details and decoration.
Result: gained knowledge about clay, coil building technique and teapot making, finished unglazed raw teapot.
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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ARTIST TALK: Erik Haugsby and Anja Slapničar - wild clay
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Saturday, 13th July, 18:30
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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.