with Janet DeBoos
Join renowned ceramicist and educator, Janet DeBoos, in this two week wheel-based pottery workshop that will examine the potential of using the wheel as a basic tool to provide form for manipulation and decoration. The ‘centered’ character of wheel formed pottery will be highlighted, and subverted through cutting/joining and deforming at different stages of drying to make hybrid forms that are neither completely hand built, nor completely thrown.
Decoration will be through use of underglaze colors and slips, and will require participants to explore the imagery and iconography of their own places and cultures as well as local material gathered during the workshop. There will be discussion of pattern development and how judicious use of decoration can enhance formal aspects.
The outcome will be pottery, with the potential for use, but in arriving at that complex point, function may need to be relegated to the ‘back burner’ during formal experimentation. This allows for a more rigorous analysis of form. The restoration of function will then require examination of what constitutes function, and how more sculptural forms can be made to function without loss of their distinct characteristics. The general thrust of investigations will be towards a kind of hybridity, arrived at by exploring ‘the other’. Each day will commence with a talk or a demonstration, followed by participants working with supervision, and each day will end with a critique of that which was produced during the day and an outline of the next day’s projects.
Open to all levels of experience
*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.
**Accommodation not included.