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!

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.

Glaze Workshop with Mark Knight

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There are a number of new members using our studio, who are ready to step up to the next level with their ceramics, and a proper appreciation and knowledge of glaze theory is critical for your future development.

Mark Knight an experienced studio potter has formulated a hands on glaze workshop that is ideal for beginners. This three part workshop, conducted over 3 days, will introduce you to all the skills needed to go forth and create fabulous glazes of your own.

Over the first 2 days you will learn:

•    How to weigh, mix and sieve glaze

•    How to apply glaze to a test tile you make yourself in the first workshop and to achieve         the most results from the one test

•    An easy line blending technique to show how one glaze may have many variations

You will need:

•    Your own stoneware clay

•    Small lidded bucked/ice cream container

•    Dust mask

•    Underglaze pencil (optional) or fine paintbrush

On a third afternoon there will be a short discussion about the fired results.

All recipes will be shared to provide a folio of glazes and each participant will have a complete set of test tiles.

Dates: 10th and 31st of October  with a 9 am start, with the third day to be decided by participants

Cost: $40 for members $75 for non Members

We need 10 participants for this course to go ahead, otherwise we will reschedule to early next year.

please register your interest by emailing Kim Foale at @enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Robert Sanderson Throwing Demonstration Sunday 13th September

Hello everyone we are very pleased to be able to offer an unexpected and delightful add on to our workshop on Sunday the 13th of September.

Robert Sanderson will be giving a brief talk about himself and his work and then he shall give us a throwing demonstration – throwing off the hump. Robert will also be altering thrown forms by impressing – as described and illustrated on pages 57-59 of Coll’s Impressed and Incised book.

If there is time and people are interested Robert will also give a talk on contemporary international wood-fired ceramics.

For those of you who have already signed up to Coll Minogue’s two day workshop this is included in your fee.

For the throwers out there who would like to come along to this demonstration there is a small charge of $25 per head and numbers will be limited because of space constraints in the studio so I suggest that you book in quickly via return email.

Please arrive at the studio at 12.45 pm on Sunday the 13th of September for a 1 pm start.

Warm Regards
Kim Foale

Two Day Weekend Workshop in September. 12th and 13th

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Impressed and Incised.

Irish Potters Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson are the editors of the Log Book, the international wood firing magazine. These two experienced potters are in Australia to do a number of workshops, as well as having attended the recent Australian Ceramics Triennale,”Stepping Up” in Canberra.

This workshop will be held at the TCA studio in Glenorchy from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday the 12th of September and Sunday the 13th of September.

Please bring a plate of lunch to share on both days.

DAY 1
A short introduction by Coll – including PowerPoint images (15 minutes)

A  PowerPoint Presentation on historical and contemporary Impressed and Incised Ceramics based on Coll’s book Impressed and Incised Ceramics  (the hyperlink goes to Amazon books)

Discussion of project and brief introduction of participants (30 minutes)

First Hands On session – Exploring surface using found natural and manmade objects to impress / incise on experimental slabs, leading to the creation of a set of four small dishes suitable for use as starter/ entrée / appetiser dishes, by each participant (2 hours approx.).

DAY 2
Second Hands On session – The creation of an individual piece by each participant inspired by historical or contemporary work as seen in the earlier presentation, or by an impressing or incising technique as developed in the first hands on session. The work produced can be either a vessel or sculptural form. Depending on the size – a series of pieces could be created.

Cost:

Members $150 for the full two day workshop or $100 for a single day.
Non Members $200  for the two day workshop or $150 for a single day.

Preference will be given to participants that can attend both days. Numbers are limited, with preference been given to members.

Materials:

Please bring your own clay and tools along with any suitable objects for mark making. eg: bits of rope, shells, stamps, sticks, lace, doilies, etc.

To book, please contact Kim Foale at enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

 

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Raku Workshop in Pictures

Yesterday The TCA hosted a raku kiln building and firing workshop at our studio in Glenorchy. John Watson had built a steel mesh and fibre raku kiln at his home, documented the process and shared the information with attendees.

We then got to see the kiln in action and spent a full on day raku firing all the pots.

The following images were taken Desma McLeod.

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Raku Firing and Raku Kiln Construction Workshop “Take Two”

Raku Firing

Sunday 28th June, 10am – 3pm

T.C.A. Studio, Cosgrove High School

Joanna Lawton
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Ever consider setting up your own raku kiln in your own backyard? John Watson will show you how you can construct a raku kiln for home use, what materials to use and what costs are involved. Then we’ll spend the rest of the day glazing and firing the work you produced at our previous workshop. There will be some spare pieces available for those who do not have any work to raku.

Bring a paint brush for glazing, wear old clothes and bring something to share for lunch.

Cost: $30 members, $45 non members

Bookings:

enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Kim Foale on 0424 201 949

Foul weather

Please include a phone number when booking in case of inclement weather (pouring rain, strong wind). We will contact you by 8.30am if the weather is too bad to fire outdoors and we need to postpone the event.

*please note that we will no longer be using the felicity lane access gate to the school. Please use the middle gate access via the main road, instead.

Raku Day POSTPONED

Hi , I am sorry but because of the forecast wet and windy weather tomorrow (Sunday the 31st) the raku day has been postponed.

We will do another one SOON.

Yours in disappointment,

Kim Foale

President

Tasmanian Ceramics Association

Raku Firing and Raku Kiln Construction Workshop

Raku Firing

Sunday 31st May, 10am – 3pm

T.C.A. Studio, Cosgrove High School

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Ever consider setting up your own raku kiln in your own backyard? John Watson will show you how you can construct a raku kiln for home use, what materials to use and what costs are involved. Then we’ll spend the rest of the day glazing and firing the work you produced at our previous workshop. There will be some spare pieces available for those who do not have any work to raku.

Bring a paint brush for glazing, wear old clothes and bring something to share for lunch.

Cost: $30 members, $45 non members

Bookings:

enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Kim Foale on 0424 201 949

Foul weather

Please include a phone number when booking in case of inclement weather (pouring rain, strong wind). We will contact you by 8.30am if the weather is too bad to fire outdoors and we need to postpone the event.

*please note that we will no longer be using the felicity lane access gate to the school. Please use the middle gate access via the main road, instead.

Decorative Surfaces

 Decorative Surfaces with Anna Williams and Dawn Oakford

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After the success of their Mix ‘n’ Match Teapot workshop last year,
Anna Williams and Dawn Oakford are teaming up again to explore the possibilities of water-etching, sgraffito and much more, in a day devoted to clay surfaces and decoration. Anna will also demonstrate how she uses and applies decals.

Each participant will have the opportunity to experiment with different techniques on both raw and bisque items – items of each will be provided. Bring along one of your own pots to decorate as well. Perhaps your creation from the teapot workshop?

This workshop will be held at the

Tasmanian Ceramics Association Studio,

G Block, Cosgrove High School, Main Rd, Glenorchy

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Sunday April 26th, 10am – 4pm.

 Cost per person:-  $65.00 (TCA members)

$75.00 (non-members)

Contact Dawn Oakford on 6228 5569 or 0421 082 568.