Nov 24, 2010
CERAMICS WORKSHOP #1
What a great time I had with Anke, Julia, Allen, Michelle and Sarah.
We all like to get down and get muddy.
Worked hard and overtime, about 15 pieces came to life in the end.
Some wonderful platters made with clay slabs and cardboard moulds by Michelle,
Sarah had a great natural sense of building skills which allowed her to build her complicated Bauhaus style vase without much of my help.
Inspired by vases during Arts and Crafts Movement in North America, Julia never gave up on the wheel to create her perfect shape, which has been decorated with a beatiful pine cone motif. While Julia struggled away on the wheel, Anke was also struggling with her overflowing ideas. A local glass artist from the Peer gallery, Anke brought in a bin full of found objects to create interesting textures on the surface of clay and made several pieces that would also be involved in her glass forming process.
Allen, the gentleman of the workshop, came with a purpose: to make a pawn!
His past time story of his serendipidous relationship with clay through his mother's pottery class was a heart warming story. His cherished hand-made chess pieces were his motivation to be working in different models and moulds.
We will be glazing our pieces on our next workshop date, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again.