Gravity-defying coil pots and vitreous slips - Carolyn Genders

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  • Address: West Dean The Edward James Foundation, West Dean Nr Chichester , West sussex, England, PO18 0QZ.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1243 811301
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  • Dates: 28 Apr 2013 to: 02 May 2013

Develop more advanced coiling techniques and take your ideas further as you concentrate on the form, balance and rhythm of your work.(residential available)

Course Details

You also consider the natural relationship of the surface to the form, and explore surface texture and colour using vitreous slips on test tiles. You should complete several pots in clays with exciting surfaces that do not need glazing.

This stimulating course offers the opportunity to concentrate on improving and developing more advanced coiling techniques and the creation of exciting surfaces that are an alternative to a glazed surface.

It is aimed at students who have previous experience of coiling or have attended a couple of previous courses with Carolyn at West Dean - in particular those who would like to take their ideas and making skills further and have the time to explore the natural relationship between form and surface in depth. Drawing is fundamental to the exploration and development of ideas and there will be a drawing component to this course. However, drawing for three-dimensions is quite different than for 2D and not something which ceramic students should be wary of.

Gravity defying coiling, concentrating on form, balance and rhythm and the relationship of surface to form is taught. You will develop your own ideas through the use of sketchbooks and maquettes. Expect to explore surface texture and colour on test tiles using vitreous slips and then complete a group of pots with exciting texture and coloured surfaces that will not need a glaze.
Work will be made in white earthenware. Vitreous slips are versatile - halfway between a slip and a glaze hence, they need only a single firing. They offer an opportunity to use plenty of colour and a wide variety of decorative techniques with which to create pattern and texture.

Firing temperatures will be discussed and there will be a firing halfway through the course to see the effects of everyone's experiments with colour and texture.
The tutor will give demonstrations throughout the course. The emphasis of this course is on the furthering of individual ideas and developing a personal voice alongside a progression of technical ability.

TIMETABLE: Arrival Day
From 4.00pm 6.45pm
8.15pm - 9.15pm
Daily Timetable
9.15am 10.30am 12.45pm 2.00pm 3.30pm 5.00pm 7.00pm 8.15pm
Arrival for residential students
Non-residential students please arrive by 6.45pm for welcome chat and dinner Dinner
First teaching session - attendance is an essential part of the course.
There will be an introductory slide show and discussion. We will then move to the workshop and start to think about ideas.
Morning classes Coffee
Afternoon classes Tea
Classes finish
Evening working - workshops are available until 10pm for those wishing to work on providing this has been discussed with the tutor. These sessions are untutored.
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Departure day - last day
10.00am Residential students to vacate rooms 3.00pm Classes finish
3.30pm Tea then departure

Reference : 4D 3808
Ability : Intermediate/Advanced
from 404.00