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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
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!
August 4, Sunday - 6:00 pm
dinner at Moksa 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
August 5, Monday (Daily
Studio Hours 9:am – 5:00 pm w/ lunch provided)
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 to
bisque the work and arrange for shipping the work home arrangements will need
to be made with Gaya to accommodate for this. Only small-scale sculpture will
be finished through the glazing process.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
the afternoon, everyone will take a field trip to visit a botanical garden
and 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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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
These larger scale sculptures will only be fired if the participants have made arrangements
with Gaya, otherwise we will enjoy the freedom experience when working and
experimenting without the demand of a finished product.
Another blissful studio day concluding with the loading
of a glaze kiln.
Full day of studio work. All work must be
finished. For participants that have arrange to bisque and ship work it will be
loaded into the kiln.
Another Adventure Day!Any final work will be firing and you are
free with plenty of wonderful options to explore the island!
Workshop wrap-up! Unloading of any final work,
critical discussions and good-byes.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
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The Essence of Crystalline:
Forms, Formulas, Firing
with Ginny Conrow
July 7-20, 2019
Swoon into the
flowery blooms of a crystalline glaze and come home
with all the detailed notes in hand on how to make the magic happen in your own
studio.With a lifetime of experience in
clay, crystalline glaze expert, Ginny
Conrow, will lead this two-week immersion into all the minutiae of the
crystalline process.Beginning with
finding the most suitable forms to carry the glaze, participants will be guided
in throwing, altering, trimming and hand-building to suit.Then the alchemy will be completely unveiled
with a rigorous break-down of everything from glaze formulation, to choices of
brushed or sprayed application, and firing in either oxidation or
reduction.Finally, essential attention
will be paid to the post-firing finishing of the works: removal of pedestals,
etching, and striking.No detail will be
omitted, though of course, some alchemy will still remain: the gorgeous
spontaneity of crystal formations within the layers of the glaze itself…Get ready for big ahhhhhhs!
workshop will focus on the magic of crystalline firing: the glazes, firing
schedules and effects that make each kiln opening an exciting surprise! While
the workshop will focus on firings, both oxidation and reduction as well as
post fire effects, we’ll also explore the particular qualities of porcelain,
stretching, altering, joining, and cutting the clay using both throwing and
handbuilding to create pieces that accentuate the crystalline glazes. This
workshop is suitable for all levels of throwing abilities and all levels of
* Do bring in a handful of
small simple forms (up to 8” high) bisque-ware: out of porcelain or porcelaineous stoneware (white and cone 10)
Sunday, July 7 Welcome
ourselves, who we are as potters and what we hope to learn. A powerpoint presentation
of the history and evolution of my forms and surfaces.
Monday, July 8Preparing to glaze….GCAC
to the studio, making ourselves at home.
pedestals and catcher trays, planning the glazes, preparing the glazes.
demonstrations - Spraying, brushing, dipping and combining techniques. Using
both micro and macro crystalline glazes. Students glaze just a few of the
pieces they have brought, both finished pots and small test pieces.
Tuesday, July 9Glazing and MakingGCAC
previous day glazingand conversations
about glaze and firing techniques.
demonstrations, both throwing and slab built.
kiln.(Firing begun at midnight)
Wednesday, July 10Oxidation Cone 10GCAC
kiln as high fire oxidation, monitoring firing to set specific holding temps
according to Crystaline firing schedule.
continue: altering, combining forms, trimming the pieces.Participants start their own pieces.
Thursday, July 11Gathering InspirationTBD
Excursion: some sight of relevant inspiration
clay demonstrations. Continued making.
Friday, July 12 UnloadGCAC
kiln and observe/discuss results, plan next glazes..
attention: Finish bottoms. Do a vinegar soak.
Saturday, July 13Post-Firing FiringsGCAC
Do a post fire
reduction firing (up to 800C and fast cool)
Do a Strike Firing
Sunday, July 14 FREE DAYanywhere
Monday, July 15 Final
Details on GreenwareGCAC
trimming, etc. on greenware.
paint encapsulated stains on greenware and bisque.
for the next kilns.
Load and bisque
Tuesday, July 16 Excursion
BISQUE KILN FIRING
Wednesday, July 17Full Glaze DayGCAC
and dive into glazing.
one for Cone 10 Oxidation (large
one for Cone 10 Reduction (small
Thursday, July 18Oxidation Cone 10 FiringGCAC
high fire oxidation, monitoring firing to set specific holding temps according
to Crystaline firing schedule.
Tour of Gaya Ceramic production studio
Friday, July 19Reduction Cone 10 FiringGCAC
kiln as cone 10 reduction, monitoring firing to set specific holding temps
according to Crystaline firing schedule.
from Cone 10 Oxidation.
post-firing clean up and finishes.
Saturday, July 19Unload
Unload and finish the last pieces.
Photograph and pack after a small exhibit of our work while considering the
results of all the various glazes and techniques!
Final lunch and farewells.
*All lunches will be served daily noon-1pm family-style in the
**Details listed in this preliminary schedule are subject to change;
a finalized version will be included in participant welcome package.