In the Fold ONLINE WORKSHOP 14 August 2022
25 in stock
25 in stock
Sunday 14th August 2022
9am to 11:30am via Zoom meeting
In the fold is an online workshop which presents a playful and informative approach to experimenting with wild clay bodies. With emphasis on creativity and exploration, we will test a range of locally sourced and commercially mined minerals, rocks, pigments and clays; and discover how these can add wonderful new textures and effects to your ceramic ware. Larissa is a exhibiting artist and experienced teacher based on Tamborine Mountain, in South East Queensland, Australia. While the clays and materials discussed/used in this workshop will be all local and commonly found in Australia, the techniques and content covered will be universal and beneficial to all makers.
This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate level potters. Introductory technical material will be covered during the session and digital resources will be sent to your email before the course begins.
The 2.5 hour online workshop will be on Sunday 15th May 2022 at 9am Brisbane, Australia time. UTC+10 hours.
You will learn how to
– identify wild clays in your local area.
– process your clay using different processes
– carry out various testing approaches, documenting and firing
– improve your clay workability (plasticity & shrinkage)
– create slips, terra sigillata, & add grog and minerals
– create a wood ash glaze using local clays
The workshop will also cover-
– the ethics of using local clays, ways to ask permission & make local connections
– equipment, useful hacks, tips and tricks I’ve discovered along the way
– alternative firings
– identifying stoneware, kaolin, terracotta and low fire clays
– how to find clay locations with government websites, facebook pages and other community connections
– limit waste in the studio
– an introduction talk, a tour of Larissa’s studio (a converted underground bunker) and a peak into her lush mountain setting
The workshop will be hosted by Larissa in her home studio based on Tamborine Mountain in Australia and Joanne Mackenzie will MC the zoom event. There will be time for questions during and after the session.
I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging, recognising connections to Wangerriburra Country, history, culture and spirituality through this location which my family live, learn and work. As an artist, I strive to ensure I walk softly on this earth and that my practice continues in a manner that respects and honours the Elders and Ancestors of these lands. It’s important to note that we will not going to locations to collect local clays or materials during this workshop.
My ceramic practise is driven by my fascination of the minerals and clays underneath, the layers of the earth and how we uncover them. Echoing my local landscape and using raw volcanic clays from Tamborine Mountain I look to geological metamorphosis and histories when developing my concepts. In recent years I have published 2 research articles with The Journal of Australian Ceramics and the Qld History Journal based on oral histories about past potters of Tamborine Mountain, and the clays they sourced. I have exhibited in Australia, U.K. and the States in solo, group and award exhibitions. As a senior Art and Media teacher of 20 years, I meticulously plan and deliver learning experiences that are rich with knowledge, are fun and support diverse needs. In 2019 I left the classroom to concentrate on my art career full time. I create from my home studio; a reclaimed underground bunker, located in the Gold Coast hinterland on Tamborine Mountain.
I will require a minimum of 8 participants, if insufficient numbers enrol, I reserve the right to cancel and refund all payments.
You will receive a confirmation and reminders leading up to the event. 24 hours prior to the event the link to the event will be emailed to the email that you registered with. If you do not attend the event, there are no refunds offered, however all registrants will be provided with PDF resources. The online event and resources are copyright and all registering participants agree that they will not share, reproduce or alter them.
LIVE ONLY, NO RECORDING, LIMITED SPACE
Please ignore shipping and care instructions below as they are not applicable.
All of my ceramic pieces sold are useable and made to store liquids. The body of each piece is made using one of Australia’s finest porcelains, fired to 1280°C and fully vitrified. Due to the nature of combining various stoneware, raw minerals and porcelain clays, your work may have some very superficial (thin and only surface deep) spilts on the outside. This is rare, but does not change the function of the work. If your cup/vessel leaks, of course please contact me, however, all cups are checked and tested before sale.
If your ceramic piece has not been glazed, rather has a polished finish, I have applied Liquid Quartz ceramic sealer, which is a food safe, permeating sealer designed for use on unglazed ceramic ware. Click here for more information about this product. Due to the thin walls of your porcelain piece, please be mindful that hot liquids will be hot to touch if in a porcelain cup. Careful hand washing of your ceramic ware is advised.
I will ship orders within 4 days of receiving the payment. They will be well packaged with recycled packing materials and sent by Australia Post. A tracking number will be provided via email. Australia Post Standard is generally 3-10 days with tracking – no insurance. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance or express postage. COVID has impacted greatly on international shipping. I am currently able to provide standard and express postage to USA, Canada, New Zealand & Singapore. Any import duties, fees, &/or taxes payable in your country are the responsibility of the buyer. U.K. buyers please contact Thrown Contemporary in London to purchase.
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