3-16 NOVEMBER 2019 Colorful Soda Clay Bodies with Carolanne Currier

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Colorful Soda Clay Bodies: an exploration of materials
with Carolanne Currier
3-16 November, 2019

Clay is everything!  Well, maybe not everything, but a clay body that is responsive to soda is extremely important for getting colorful surfaces. Come join Carolanne Currier in beautiful Bali for a 2-week workshop, where you will make and fire clay bodies in Gaya's soda kiln. The emphasis will be on investigating how varying the basic clay materials can produce different results.

Our two-week exploration of soda-firing bodies will begin with a baseline firing in Gaya's soda kiln.  Workshop participants are asked to bring 6 to 10 bisqued test clay body pieces such as simple cylinders, cups, and small vases for loading into the kiln. Everyone will load the kiln, learning how to place the pots for maximum exposure to flame and soda, and an explanation of the firing regimen will be provided. We will all prepare and add a solid soda mixture into the kiln at Cone 8. After the firing, an examination of the pots should provide us with an idea of what clays/materials have promise for producing flashing and various surface effects.  We will use that information to mix new clay bodies using materials at Gaya. A second and even third firing of test pieces with newly formulated clays will hopefully provide additional information. While the kilns are cooling, suitable forms for this type of soda firing will be discussed and demoed.  Participants will leave having a good understanding of the basic components of clay bodies and will have a good basis for continuing to research materials suitable for soda firing. 

Sunday, 3 Nov. -        Welcome Dinner                               Moksa Restaurant
A relaxed evening in which participants can get to know one another and share their stories and intentions for being here. 
Dessert will be served with a slideshow given by Carolanne, presenting her works, her story, her journey in fire and clay, followed by a review of the workshop schedule and a general fanning of the fires of enthusiasm! 

Monday, 4 Nov. -       Loading Strategies                             GCAC
A welcome and introduction to GCAC studio, and then immediately jumping into action!  Participants glaze lining of pots for immediate loading.
Demonstration: Soda kiln loading strategies.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Load soda kiln (with bisqued work brought by participants). Loading is done in shifts.
Open studio time: Carolanne will demonstrate the basics of the Japanese hand-building technique of kurinuki and students can experiment with the technique. Participants will also have time to begin their own projects.
(FIRING #1: LOAD, candling overnight)

Tuesday, 5 Nov. -       Initiation to Fire                                GCAC
Inaugural firing.  Following a preheat from the night prior, participants will engage in firing according to pre-determined shifts.  Everyone will be present and involved in the actually introduction of soda into the kiln (late afternoon or early evening).

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Open studio time, participants will continue to work with kurinuki pieces or forms of choice
while the kiln is firing.  Carolanne will assist participants as they dig into their own making. (MAKING FOR 1st BISQUE)
(SODA FIRING #1: all day—begin 1am)

Wednesday, 6 Nov. - Importance of the Body                     GCAC
Morning: participants will begin preparing Clay body tests—(using a variety of available materials, each person will formulate a body and mix up a small batch for testing in the second firing). A recipe outline and guidance will be provided to assure the bodies will be suitable.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Open studio, free time can be used in making small pieces out of test bodies.
(Kiln #1 cooling)

Thursday, 7 Nov. -    A Preliminary Taste & Reload                      GCAC
Unload soda kiln: paying careful attention to variation in clay bodies, placement in the kiln, slips and glaze, the entire firing will be dissected and discussed in full.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Open studio time, participants can start mixing additional clay bodies, using the information gathered from the first firing.

(UNLOAD BALI CAT; Prepare kiln for immediate next firing)
(FIRING 1st BISQUE—begin 6am)

Friday, 8 Nov. -                     FIRING #2 / Informed Making                                GCAC
Morning Demonstration/Discussion: technical aspects of soda firing (clay body, design of form, firing technique) taking into consideration all the aspects of soda firing that are influenced by the making, and the information just gleaned from the first unloading, participants may consider new forms, textures, etc.
Making pots with new test clays. Appropriate forms and textures will be discussed. Carolanne will demo a textured slab-built bowl.

Afternoon: a careful and more informed second loading-- participation from everyone in shifts

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Saturday, 9 Nov.-                  Firing & Finishing                                        GCAC
Following a preheat from the night prior, participants will engage in firing according to pre-determined shifts.  Everyone will be present and involved in the actually introduction of soda into the kiln (late afternoon or early evening).

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

(SODA FIRE #2: FIRING all day – beginning 1-3am)
(2nd BISQUE KILN LOADED by 5pm—small fiber kiln)

Sunday, 10 Nov.-       FREE DAY                            anywhere Bali

(BISQUE-firing Sunday midnight- Monday noon)

Monday, 11 Nov.- Second Discoveries & Final Finishing                        GCAC
Unloading second firing and discussing in detail the results and discoveries that have been revealed from first to second firing. 
Open studio: last touches on all works by the end of the day (trimming, texturing, slipping, decorating).

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

 (UNLOAD Firing #2; BISQUE kiln finishing)

Tuesday, 12 Nov. -     Third Loading: New Bodies                          GCAC
Demonstrations/Discussions: Carolanne will share ideas behind kiln design

Participants will be divided in to small groups and will load in shifts so that all may have a chance at the hands-on process.
Tours of the GAYA production studio will be scheduled in groups so that everyone has a chance to both load and tour.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine
 (Bisque unloaded 8am; FIRING #3: LOAD, candling overnight)

Wednesday, 13 Nov.-            FIRING #3                                         GCAC
Firing will likewise be conducted in shifts—varying the shift each person took for the first firing.  All will be present again for the introduction of soda into the kiln (late afternoon-early evening). Depending on the results from the first firing, water may be introduced by spritzing into the burner ports to encourage additional reduction effects.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

 (SODA FIRING all day—beginning 1am)

Thursday, 14 Nov.-   A Day of Cooling                               Tirtha Empul

EXCURSION: Fire to Water-- a visit and bathe in one of Bali’s famous water temples.
(Departure from hotel--early afternoon return to Ubud) Departure time TBD

Lunch: together in a rice-terrace overlook restaurant

**temple clothes (sarong, selendan, shirt) to bathe in required, as well as change of clothing and towel (all will be discussed prior)
(SODA Kiln cooling)

Friday, 15 Nov. -       A Third Revelation                            GCAC
Unloading the third firing and discussing in detail the results and discoveries that have been revealed from first through third firings.  Participants will collate and share all test clay body results.  Any post-firing clean up of works will be demonstrated and conducted.

Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine

Slide talk:  (Carolanne sharing about something soda)

Saturday, 16 Nov.-    Exhibiting Our Treasures                  In-Studio Gallery
Final group discussion of the entire two-week experience.  Time to admire one another’s creations, take photographs, and pack (packing materials will be provided).

Lunch: family style together in GCAC mezzanine

Farewell.  (Departure by 2pm)

22 SEPT – 5 OCT 2019 NATURE TRADITION with Adam Field

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Nature Tradition
with Adam Field

September 22-October 5, 2019

In this two-week workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms.  He will also demonstrate traditional Korean Onggi coil and paddle pottery techniques. From ancient Korean techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, participants will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery.  Participants will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns in clay.  Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas.  Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice.

I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time. I work toward a clean aesthetic that celebrates the masterful simplicity of antique Far Eastern pottery, while retaining the modest utility of colonial American wares. The surface of my pottery is meticulously carved with intricate designs that borrow from nature and incorporate the human touch. Much of the carving on my work is informed by pattern languages found in indigenous fiber art, such as Hawaiian tapa, Incan cordage, and Zulu basketry. 

Sunday, Sept. 22:      Welcome Dinner and slide talk
            Nature Tradition. Adam will discuss and share images and videos highlighting the inspirations, motivations, and influences that inform his work. 

Monday, Sept. 23:     Building blocks for a strong foundation
            Demonstration 1, A Fresh Approach: Step-by-step detailed techniques for  wedging, centering, opening, compressing, pulling walls, shaping, and finishing a thrown cylinder will allow students of all levels to fine tune their skills upon a solid foundation.
            Demonstration 2, Cups and mugs: Demonstrate a variety of cup forms on the wheel with an emphasis on exploration of rims, volume, interior space, handles, function, and feet.
            Afternoon: Open studio time, with plenty of personal tutorial support from Adam

Tuesday, Sept. 24:    Exploring volume and form on the wheel
            Demonstration 1, Throwing continues with demonstrations of full volume vases and covered jars using a double ribbing technique. Thrown lids and lid seats also demonstrated.
            Demonstration 2, Cups: Pattern layout, carving, trimming, cleanup, and finishing.
            Afternoon: Open studio time, with plenty of personal tutorial support from Adam

Wednesday, Sept. 25:           Plates/Platters/Bowls
            Emphasis on function and form. Designing for decoration and function.
            -Intensive decoration layout demo: using lasers for precision pattern layout.
            -Pattern layout for stretching carving patterns over large voluminous forms.
            Afternoon: Open studio time, with plenty of personal tutorial support from Adam

Thursday, Sept. 26:               Larger forms: smarter not harder
            Approaches to throwing smarter not harder to achieve larger sophisticated forms.
            Afternoon: Open studio time, with plenty of personal tutorial support from Adam

Friday, Sept. 27:                    Trimming and Finalizing Forms
            Bringing small and larger works to conclusion
            Continuing to develop and employ carving layout and techniques
            -Afternoon: Open studio time, with plenty of personal tutorial support from Adam

Saturday, Sept.28:                 Final Marks
            Final trimming, carving details for smaller works.
            Bisque kiln loaded for long candle and firing beginning at night.

Sunday, Sept. 29:                  FREE DAY     

            (Bisque kiln firing.)

Monday, Sept. 30:                 ONGGI Pots  
            Onggi from start of class to lunch, continued after lunch and into mid-afternoon. Large (150 liter) Onggi jar. Demonstration will have images and video from my time in Korea during my apprenticeship as well as live demonstration of Onggi method.
            Throwing large sectional forms: throwing floor, lower wall, and upper wall as 3 separate parts of the same pot. 
            (These works will be for practice only—not to be fired during the workshop)

Tuesday, Oct. 1:                    Glaze Intro
            Unloading bisque wares. 
            Beginning discussion of glaze possibilities, perfecting glaze application, etc.
            Continue working on (assembling) sectional large forms.  Finalize Onggi pots.

Wednesday, Oct. 2:               Glaze Day      
            A day of glazing.
            Decorative carving of Onggi vessels (optional).

Thursday, Oct. 3:                  EXCURSION
            A visit to the Javanese big pot makers, plus and excursion TBD…
            (Glaze kiln firing.)

Friday, Oct. 4:                        Photography and Social Media
            An in-depth presentation on my approach to photography and content production for Instagram and Facebook (documenting the studio process)
            Unloading the kiln in the afternoon.
            Photography session.

Saturday, Oct. 5:                   Conclusion

            Final display and discussion of finished works.   Packing and concluding after a last lunch together.

4-17 AUGUST 2019 BIOMORPHICS: Natural Forms in Clay with Carol Gouthro and Cj Jilek

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BIOMORPHICS: Natural Forms in Clay 
with Carol Gouthro & Cj Jilek

August 4-17, 2019

The natural environment inspires Carol Gouthro and Cj Jilek during their world travels informing their unique biomorphic ceramic sculptures. Their work features animated forms and signature surfaces.
Join Carol and Cj in creating unusual and exuberant works in clay inspired by the island paradise of Bali.  Investigate methods and develop concepts to build your personal visual vocabulary. Explore a layered approach to the ceramic surface that evolves from wet clay through bone dry to bisque. Techniques will include hand-building with wooden drape molds, soft slab building, creating texture slabs, and one part segment molds for three-dimensional forms. Carol and Cj will also reveal a behind the scenes look at the engineering necessary to produce elaborate sculptural forms.  Surface practices will include the use of color, pattern making, texturing, carving, wax resist, stenciling, and sgraffito.  A beautiful two weeks of ceramic practice and island adventure!

First Week

August 4, Sunday  - 6:00 pm
Welcome dinner at Indus Restaurant with introductions. Carol and Cj will be sharing an overview of their own work and adventures. We will have dinner while getting to know one another.

August 5, Monday  (Daily Studio Hours 9:am – 5:00 pm w/ lunch provided)
Studio orientation: Participants will become acquainted with our beautiful studio home away from home. The artists begin with an overview of the processes they will be teaching during this workshop; they will discuss the similarity and differences between their practices. We will discuss the timetable for the coming two weeks and gather information about firing options with the Gaya studio.  
(*Not all large-scale sculpture will be fired.  If participants want large works to be bisque-fired when adequately dry, Gaya does offer this.  Participants will need to arrange for shipping works home independently: Gaya will put you in direct contact with their reliable shipping agent to do so. Only small-scale sculpture will be finished through the glazing process during the two weeks.)

And away we go….Carol will begin the workshop showing how she uses her Segment Mold Process to construct her unusual, segmented forms. Through her straightforward process using one segment mold we can manipulate and alter component parts to arrive at many variations and different expressions of form. You can review Carol's process that was published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine March 2018.  http://www.carolgouthro.com/ceramics_monthly_artcle_2018.pdf

In the afternoon, participants will begin by drawing simple shapes on paper and cutting paper templates, then proceed to sculpt solid clay into the wooden forms. (Materials will be provided) Next they will carve, facet the clay form and add bas-relief if desired. Carol will demonstrate this process step by step. By the end of this first exciting day participants will be pouring plaster on their prototypes to create their very own Segment Mold.

August 6, Tuesday 
In the morning we will unmold the forms, clean them up and begin to use them right away to create your sculptural form. Carol will show how to put the parts together, in addition to adding slips and texture to enhance form. 

In the afternoon, Carol will demonstrate how she cuts into her leather hard forms to create interior spaces with textures by creating and using texture slabs to add bas-relief.

August 7, Wednesday
In the morning, Cj will demonstrate her hand-building process for creating her unusual biomorphic forms.  Cj’s process is a hybrid of soft slab / coil building while integrating in pinch forms. Her forms are encompassed in carved and embossed surfaces, Cj will dive into her approach for developing the content of her work while getting the participants started on a form of their own. Participants will be lead in a maquette building exercise to spark biomorphic inspiration.

In the afternoon, everyone will take a field trip to visit the Bedugal Botanical Gardens in order to gain further inspirations for our botanically inspired forms. Carol and Cj will describe the lens in which each views botanical specimens in relation to the work they create.

August 8, Thursday
Inspired by our garden excursion, Carol and Cj will be encouraging the investigation of new surfaces for participants on small-scale pinch forms and maquettes.  These forms will be used to experiment with a variety of glazing techniques and discuss surface development.

August 9, Friday
Drape/Drop Mold Friday - Carol and Cj both use custom-made wooden drape molds (also referred to as a drop molds) in their practice. They will both be demonstrating side by side showing how they use these wooden molds in their own work, a wonderful opportunity to see how two artists utilize the same technique with very different results. These molds are a fantastic way to make elements for sculptural forms or to create utilitarian forms. Everyone will have time to utilize the molds to make their own shapes and forms. Carol and Cj will show how to cut, alter, stack etc. these molded shapes to make many diverse forms.  

August 10, Saturday
In the morning, Carol and Cj will be working with participants to finish up the work they have made so far including all the techniques you have learned, plaster segment molds, drape molds, hand-building techniques, surface techniques included in the small-scale forms.

Early afternoon, Carol and Cj will dive into color with the goal of having pieces ready to bisque fire by end of day.  The artists both use underglazes in their work and they will demonstrate several underglaze techniques to incorporate color, and pattern into your work. Adding color at the leather hard and bone dry stage is an important way to add more depth to your work as it gives you another opportunity to stain on top of that color on the bisque. Carol and Cj will share their individual approaches to these methods in their demos using wax resist, sgraffito, wax inlay, shellac resist and more.

We finish up by loading a bisque kiln
BISQUE KILN firing begins at midnight (with Gaya CAC staff)

August 11, Sunday                FREE DAY
Will be a day off from the studio. Participants may explore the island, have a spa day, take a cooking class, or just relax and sketch poolside as they wish. (Participants will plan their own adventures this day; feel free to ask us for recommendations.)

Second Week

August 12, Monday
In the Morning, The bisque kiln will be unloaded and results will be discussed as a group. Carol and Cj will continue to demonstrate creating surface depth with staining techniques as well as other glazing techniques to enhance the texture on your work.

In the afternoon, Carol and Cj will be working with participants to envision the migration of their ideas with the new skills they have been introduced to during the first week.  Participants will start larger scale forms using a combination of the various molds, hand-building and surface techniques.

August 13, Tuesday 
Everyone will be working side-by-side, enjoying the each other’s creative energy in the beautiful island studio. Cj will share her engineering strategies with internal structures for building complex forms that will be stable through a firing process. Carol and Cj will be working on their techniques simultaneously, as will all participants: lots to do!!

*Note: These larger scale sculptures will only be bisque-fired if the participants have made arrangements with Gaya, otherwise we will enjoy the freedom of working and experimenting without the demand of a finished product.

August 14, Wednesday
Another blissful studio day concluding with the loading of a glaze kiln.
GLAZE KILN firing begins at midnight (with Gaya CAC staff)

August 15, Thursday
Full day of studio work.  Concluding projects.
*Note: participants can work on larger pieces until the very end of the workshop—large pieces will only be fired when the studio judges them adequately dry (this could be weeks after the workshop concludes), and when the studio can fit them into their firing schedule.

August 16, Friday
Another Adventure Day! 
BAMBU INDAH river pool/jungle exploration

August 17, Saturday
Workshop wrap-up! Unloading of glaze kiln, critical discussions and conclusion. 
We will share a final lunch and depart by 2:00pm.

*All lunches will be served daily noon-1pm family-style in the studio mezzanine.
**Details listed in this preliminary schedule are subject to change; a finalized version will be included in participant welcome package.

v  For further information on the artists and their processes you may follow them on the web or contact them directly with questions?

Carol Gouthro
Facebook: Carol Gouthro
Instagram: gouthrocarol

Cj Jilek
Facebook & Instagram: Cj Jilek