July Courses at Leksands folkhogskola in Sweden:
Inspirational Workshop – Functional ware led by Ayumi Horie and Martha Grover and Workshop with Clive Bowen
These two excellent residential courses at the Leksands Akademin in Sweden are both supported by Assisting Instructor Stefan Andersson.
1. Inspirational Workshop – Functional ware. Course period. 6 – 10 July 2015
Workshop holders are Martha Grover and Ayumi Horie, both part of the younger generation of promising American potters. Their styles and techniques vary greatly and we can guarantee a phenomenal course.
Ayumi will focus on dry throwing, where no water is used in throwing, drawing animals and marketing, while Martha will cover throwing and altering porcelain, the use of slab attachments, crack repair, and spraying glaze. The workshop will have both demonstrations and hands-on time. There will be daily slide shows on both historical ceramics and on contemporary pots being made all around the world.
About the potters
Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Helena Montana, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. In 2007, Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She received the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2010. Her work can be found at galleries throughout the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases
Ayumi Horie is a studio potter based in Portland, Maine, USA, who has developed a distinctive online community utilizing social networks to support her studio practice. In 2011, she was named Ceramic Monthly’s first recipient of the ”Ceramic Artist of the Year” award. Horie makes work in earthenware and porcelain that draw inspiration from folk traditions and comics in the U.S. and Japan. She is a former board member of the Archie Bray and is now on the American Craft Council board and Access Ceramics curatorial board. Horie has taught many workshops on functional ceramics and the Internet across the U.S. and internationally. Her work is in many private collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
2. Clive Bowen Masterclass 2015. Course period 13 – 17 July 2015.
Clive Bowen is internationally known for his fluent throwing techniques and free decoration of slipware. As in previous years, throwing and making skills will be at the heart of the course. Clive will be attempting to transmit the skills that are needed to retain the essential freshness and life in the clay, whilst achieving well-made, functional pots.
This year we will be using terracotta clay and slips to explore different methods of slipware decoration. Clive started his career as a painter and the relationship between decoration and the piece itself is of paramount importance for him. The aim will be to show students how to decorate in a way that is integral to the pot rather than applying some sort of surface ’design’.. Students will be encouraged to produce work to a consistent standard, whilst retaining the spontaneity that is the hallmark of slipware.
Clive Bowen is known for his masterful throwing techniques and his free decoration of slipware. He started his career as a painter and the relationship between decoration and the piece itself is of paramount importance for him.
The accommodation and the school buildings are gathered like a small village with a main building, reception, theory classrooms and a dining hall. The rooms are very well equipped and the traditional style of the buildings gives the school a pleasant atmosphere. In the dining hall all meals are served, prepared from the best of ingredients locally produced if possible by our executive Chef and his team.
In a nearby building you will find studios for the courses.
The region around lake Siljan has a unique craftsmanship tradition. With this strong tradition as base, Leksand Folk High School is considered as one of the best craftsmanship pre-trainings in the country. Leksand is famous for its strong tradition in folklore, folk music and its beautiful nature and with its surrounding communes around lake Siljan, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden.
Leksand is located within a three-hour trip by train through a beautiful landscape of open fields, lakes and forests from Stockholm and Arlanda Airport. You will find 6 to 8 daily connections directly from Stockholm and Arlanda Airport to Leksand station.