DATES: June 2 – 13, 2014
SKILL LEVEL: II – IV
CONCEPT: The fired clay form is a blank canvas, ready for the embellishments that define its character and style. In this workshop, we focus on designing and slip casting complex forms with “simple” molds. Our exploration includes teapots, hollow-cast and solid-cast forms, cups and saucers, lidded vessels and other shapes. We use paper cut-outs to develop the designs and build the prototypes with a variety of different systems and materials. We make sprigs and stamps and play with ways to alter castings. Andrew Martin’s workshop goal is to explore new or latent ideas, inviting participants to arrive with clear goals and a willingness to take risks.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Paper cut-out shapes, tar paper, masonite, plaster, cone 6 casting slip, marbleized colored clays and slips, and oxidation firings.
ACTIVITIES: Each morning we’ll review the previous workshop day’s progress; there will be daily and impromptu demonstrations. We fabricate prototypes using paper cut-out shapes, make molds of these prototypes and use brushes and glazes to create surfaces.
FACULTY: Andrew Martin is the author of The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip Casting. His work is known for fluidity, glazing processes, volume, structure and innovative forming. His pots are inspired by his exploration of English, Asian and Islamic pottery traditions. Andrew founded Ceramics Academy. www.martinporcelain.com
Tuition: $875 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1275
Studio Fee: $155