“Textures in Clay” – a workshop with Candone Wharton

October 8 -9, TCA studio, Glenorchy H.S.

Candone Wharton

Candone Wharton is a very accomplished ceramic artist with particular expertise in raku firing, wheel-throwing and a unique basket-weave hand-building technique. She conducts workshops all over the U.S. as well as internationally and if you Google her name you’ll be able to see several sites which feature her beautiful work. Continue reading

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Tasmanian Ceramics Association Annual General Meeting, Sept 13th, 6:00pm

TCA Studio, Block G, Cosgrove High School Glenorchy

The AGM will be followed by a very short Ordinary General Meeting.

(Please bring along a plate of finger food to share.)

Wanted: great people with good ideas and enthusiasm

we need youLove all things clay and want to be more involved? Always wanted to help in some way? Don’t know much about ceramics but want to learn more? Then join the committee – no previous experience necessary, and it’s a great way to meet other enthusiasts.

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Memberships Due

Renewed or new Memberships will cover July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
Click on the above title of this post, or “Membership” on the black menu bar above, to fill out and submit the form online.

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Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays Studio Class
with Gary Thompson
http://tasmanianceramics.com/studio-class-wednesdays-with-gary-thompson/

(Filled, but you can still get on the waiting list)

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Tableware, Wear, Where?

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2016 Tasmanian Ceramics Association
44th Annual Exhibition

Entries for the 2016 Annual Exhibition are now open. Our Exhibition is to be held at the wonderful Moonah Arts Centre so it would be great to see a diverse number of entries from all of our members both new and old, novice, student and professional.

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Mosaic Mischief – A Workshop with Donna Ritchie

Sunday 24th July 10am – 4pm,  TCA Studio, Cosgrove High School Limit 9 spaces Cost $90 for members ($100 for non-members). Price includes all materials to finish a mosaic mirror (or panel)

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Have you got bits that have fallen to pieces? Or pieces that have fallen to bits? Have you ever wanted to learn how to piece it back together again in the form of a mosaic? Continue reading

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Ginny Cornrow Workshop

Ginny Cornrow Workshop 1

Quite a few late dropouts from the enrollment list made for a class of only seven at this weekend workshop – which was a great number for those who did attend!

Ginny alternates her time between studios in Seattle and Mexico and her photos of each looked quite idyllic. Her opening slide show demonstrated her mastery of a range of forms, all of which are conceived with an idea of how they will interact with the crystalline glazes.

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Ginny first demonstrated her preparation of slabs for subsequent manipulation into trays, platters and vase forms, often laying them over shape-formers of rolled-up plastic, cloth or towelling. She emphasised the need to wait for the right degree of soft leather-hardness before attempting to handwork the clay to minimise the risk of collapse. She also demonstrated the forming of a cylinder from a slab, to be altered later into a gracefully sinuous standing vessel. While the slabs dried she took to the wheel and threw a variety of forms for subsequent modification, sometimes using a canvas mat between the pot and the batt to facilitate separating the work from the batt without recourse to a cut-off wire (worked beautifully).

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At later stages we witnessed the transformation of these basic forms by simple but very skillful manipulation with fingers, ribs and pottery knife, producing delicately curved edges to bowls, sinuous curving bulges to vessels and flowing, asymmetric openings. She paid great attention to the rhythm and cadence of these curves and stressed the importance she places on having a mirror behind the piece, when hand-building as well as when throwing, in order to see the whole form as it is being modified. A highlight for me was to see the confident way in which she joined two pre-cut and roughly-shaped slabs to make one of her characteristic elliptical vase forms, which she stretched out from inside and modified the opening with a few deft slices of the knife.

There was much discussion of crystalline glazes (and Ginny was generous with provision of her favourite recipes) and the weekend concluded with a demonstration of glazing with spray gun and airbrush, followed by a short practice session. Ginny had so much to show and discuss that there was little time for hands-on activity but no-one seemed to mind!

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Animal Madness 18 June – 10 July

Animal Madness flier

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Ginny Conrow. Two Day Workshop May 7th and 8th

Ginny Conrow
Workshop fee: $150 (members) or $200 (non-members).

Living and working in the U.S.A., Ginny Conrow is a highly acclaimed practitioner with a particular expertise in crystalline glazes. You can visit her website conrowporcelain.com to see some of the lovely pieces she makes.

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On the Saturday morning, after a Powerpoint review of her work, Ginny will demonstrate techniques of throwing and altering and working with slabs, including a variety of flatware slabs.  In the afternoon you’ll be hands-on in the clay, trying out some new altering, throwing and slab techniques. On Sunday morning Ginny will finish her pieces and you will finish yours. In the afternoon she will discuss and demonstrate her air-brush glazing technique and there will be opportunities for you to practise on your own bisque work (which means of course that you’ll need to bring a couple of your own bisque-fired pieces to the workshop).

Please express your interest
Because our studio facilities are limited, this workshop can cater only to a small group so we are seeking expressions of interest to fine-tune our offering. If you are interested, please email John Watson, john@dmink.net , and advise whether you are most interested in the throwing or hand-building aspects, general airbrush-glazing or specifically in crystalline glaze processes.

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“Australia’s Great International Ceramics Festival 17th-23rd April 2016”

 

Clay Gulgong

 

Clay Gulgong 2016 is bringing together leaders in the fields of ceramics, art writing and education for a week-long program of learning, ideas and festivity. Over 500 delegates will be arriving from around Australia and the world for this unique art festival.

The festival will be held in a region of rural north-western New South Wales, that is globally recognized for its strong links with the field of ceramics.

From April 17th – 23rd, the old gold rush town of Gulgong will be transformed into a lively hub of demonstrations, talks and activities. With renowned artists and thinkers flying in from across the globe, the week-long program aims to explore processes and ideas within the ceramic field.

Keith Brymer-Jones, from the BBC2 program The Great Pottery Throw Down; and curator Marta Donaghey of London’s Centre for Contemporary Ceramics will be in attendance, alongside prolific ceramists from Italy, Norway and the Netherlands.

Some highlights of this year’s program include Beth Cavener (USA), who is making her first-ever visit to Australia to share her practice alongside Alessandro Gallo (USA/Italy). Both artists are renowned for their evocative animal sculptures which they craft meticulously, commentating on the human condition.

We will also be welcoming writer and curator, Moyra Elliot, who is bringing with her seven of New Zealand’s best ceramists to work on a collaborative project for the duration of the festival.

Accompanying the daily demonstrations will be a series of lectures, presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from education and critical arts writing to the future of ceramics as an art form.

After all these years, traditions of family and community remain at the festival’s core and at the end of the week, guests are invited to visit Morning View – the Mansfield family farm for a day of experimentation, entertainment, fire and fun.

The full list of Masters is as follows:

Akira Satake – Japan/USA
Alessandro Gallo – Italy/USA
Alexandra Engelfriet – Netherlands
Beth Cavener – USA
Garth Clark – USA
Ian Jones – Australia
Jack Troy – USA
John Neely – USA
Keith Brymer-Jones – UK
Mark Del Vecchio – USA
Marta Donaghey – UK
Merran Esson – Australia
Paul Davis – Australia
Peter Callas – USA
Rafa Perez – Spain
Simon Reece – Australia
Torbjørn Kvasbø – Norway

We will also welcome the following guest artists from New Zealand:

Brendan Adams – NZ
Chuck Joseph – NZ

Jim Cooper – NZ

Lauren Winstone – NZ

Matt McLean – NZ
Moyra Elliot – NZ

Steve Fullmer – NZ

Mark Teseschi QC AM – the festival official photographer

Christopher Allen – gives his views on ceramics in a stand-alone talk as well as joining the highly anticipated writers panel.

Cost:

$480 for a weekly pass, or $325 if you are a full-time student. Day passes are also available.
Registrations can be made at www.claygulgong.com/shop

Contact:

Please make all enquiries about Clay Gulgong 2016 to the Festival Manager, Siobhan Mansfield at event@claygulgong.com or 0447 241 826.

Facebook: facebook.com/mansfieldceramics

Instagram: @mansfieldceramics

Twitter: @claygulgong

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