CRISTINA CORDOBA || GIVING LIFE: a study of proportion, anatomy and expression in the torso

JUZ KITSON || UNCANNY OBJECTS IN CLAY: a reference to the Wild


August 12-25, 2018
with Gaya Ceramic

Seductively shimmering surfaces, burnished to a soft sheen as satin as skin... Naked Raku. Technically more complex in possibilities than meets the eye, this two week focus study will endeavor to unveil the mysteries, and thoroughly explore the length and breadth of Naked Raku. From finding suitable forms hand-built or wheel thrown, to burnishing, applying resistant slip, patterning surfaces in the simplest or the most intricate detail, smoking, and polishing-- each participant will become a budding expert in every nuance of practical knowledge, enough to commence an exploration of a lifetime. Gaya Ceramic's vast archive of Naked Raku production samples will enhance and inspire everyone's palette of possibilities...
Open to all levels of experience.


LORNA MEADEN || Focus on Form, Mindful of Surface

Focus on Form, Mindful of Surface

April 1-14, 2018

In this two-week workshop in Bali, participants will refine and expand their vocabulary of functional forms. We will make simple pots for daily use such as cups and bowls, in addition to more complex forms for pouring and serving. While focusing on form, we will be mindful of surfaces that respond well to soda firing. Explorations of surface will include texture, line and atmosphere. Our pots will be altered, stamped, and drawn on, before being offered to the atmospheric influence of the soda kiln. This workshop is open and suitable for all levels of throwing ability. Participants will have an opportunity to explore both stoneware and porcelain according to their preference and interests.

Sunday April 1: Sunday Welcome Dinner MOKSA
An exquisite meal set upon anagama-fired ware at the restaurant of director Hillary Kane’s husband. 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 an image presentation given by Lorna Meaden, offering her work, as well as her journey in being a studio potter and soda firing. Following will be a review of the workshop schedule and a general fanning of the fires of enthusiasm!

Monday April 2:  Altering Cups and Bowls
Morning: Welcome and Introduction to GCAC studio. While settling in, we will hit the ground running! Initial discussion about soda firing will orient participants as to the firing next week. A close look at the clay bodies that Gaya offers, their individual attributes when soda-fired, and how to go about choosing what to work with.
Demonstration 1- Throwing and altering cups and bowls- Cups and bowls, while often thought of as simple, are full of important details. We will focus on the basics of centering and throwing as well as consider what makes a cup or bowl work well, while feeling good in the hands. Lorna will demonstrate a variety of altering techniques while talking about proportion.
Start Throwing
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2- Trimming and Handles- What makes a foot relate to the body and lip of a pot? How can a handle feel good in the hand while working well? Demos will include tapping to center for trimming, pulling handles, and creating a strong handle attachment to a mug.
Studio time/individual instruction with Lorna

Tuesday April 3: Decorating with Line Inlay and Texture in the Soda Kiln
Discussion about functional/decorative pots and the soda kiln: Specifically, how the anticipation of the effects of the soda influences surface decoration. Placement in the kiln, and how the work is loaded, plays a large role in decorating pots for atmospheric firing.
Demonstration 1- Drawing on pots, underglaze inlay, throwing bowls- Discussion about integrating form and surface, and how atmospheric firing interacts with decoration.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2- Finishing Inlay decoration, Making and Using Stamps carved out of plaster
Open Studio

Wednesday April 4: Pouring Pots- Making two different spouts that pour well.
Demonstration 1: Soy Bottle- collaring a thrown form, throwing and altering a spout, and making a hollow stopper lid.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2: Pitcher- Pulling a Pitcher spout and a larger size handle. Discussion of the ergonomics of making a larger pot that pours well.
Open Studio

Thursday April 5: Teapots- Balancing Design Elements
Demonstration 1: Throwing Teapot Parts- Spouts with strainers, two different lid designs, and handles- how to balance the parts to create a well considered form.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2: Assembling Teapots- What makes them pour well? How do the spout, lid, and handle relate to one another?
Open Studio

Friday April 6: Serving Pieces
Demonstration 1: Serving Dish with handles- cutting clay away to create handles.
Participant demo requests
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Open Studio

Saturday April 7: Final Day of Making
Demonstration 1: Spoons and Scoops- Throwing multiple parts to make a scoop with a thrown handle and a spoon with a hand built handle.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2: Hand-building Spouts and Handles using a paper pattern and rolled out slab.
Open Studio
*Work must be finished for bisque firing by the end of the day for the work to get in the kiln
Sunday April 8: Free Day (bisque firing)
Monday April 9: Glazing
Unload Bisque Kiln and discuss selectivity of glazing. Choosing slips and glazes: where they work best, both on the pots and in the kiln.
Demonstration 1: Glazing for the soda kiln
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Demonstration 2: Wadding
Glazing and Wadding
Tuesday April 10: Load the Soda Kiln
Discussion of the approach to loading the kiln, kiln design, estimated flame path, and introduction of the soda into the kiln’s atmosphere. What is wadding and why is it necessary?
Wadding and Loading the Kiln: Participants will be on “shift” to actively make decisions about loading their own work as well as other people’s work.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
(Load gas kiln with any extra work?)

Wednesday April 11: Soda Kiln Firing
Participants will take shifts-assisting in the firing of the kiln. Toward the end of the firing will be most exciting when we prepare and introduce the soda into the kiln atmosphere.
During quieter times of the firing, Lorna will share an image presentation “Soda Fired Work and Kilns”.
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
Open Studio- make stamps for texture decoration
(Gas Kiln firing simultaneously)

Thursday April 12: Excursion Day while the Kiln Cools
Water Temple or Waterfall?

Friday April 13: Unloading the Kiln- Recording Data
Free Morning
Lunch- family style in GCAC mezzanine
We will unload slowly, with a good amount of pondering, to understand why a certain surface effect occurred in one area of the kiln differently than another, paying attention to everyone’s work (not just one’s own).
Clean up wadding and Kiln, taking care of any necessary grinding.
Unload the gas kiln, observing differences between the two firings.
Selection of works by each participant for “exhibition” the following morning.

Saturday April 14: Concluding Thoughts/Farewell
Time to discuss and enjoy the results of everyone’s hard work in an intimate in-studio exhibition in our gallery space.
Take photographs and pack (packing materials will be provided).
*Friends extraneous to the workshop are welcome and encouraged to join.
Farewell Lunch: family style together in GCAC mezzanine
Departure by 2pm
*** This workshop schedule is subject to change before final rendition.

SHOZO MICHIKAWA || Harnessing The Energy of Nature: Sculpting with Earth & Fire


Harnessing the Energy of Nature: Sculpting with Earth and Fire
with Shozo Michikawa

March 1-15, 2018

 “The energy of nature is truly immense. No matter how much our sciences and civilization might evolve, the power of human beings is inconsequential in the face of natural threats such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis and erupting volcanoes.” SM

Deriving great inspiration from his childhood home at the foot of the very live and active Mt.Usu volcano in Hokkaido, Japan, Shozo Michikawa’s faceted and twisted forms evoke this potent natural energy.  Join this master of wheel-formed sculptural forms in an exploration of the power of the natural world and how we may harness it in the physical as well as conceptual creation of our ceramic works.  Demonstrations will include his signature twisting of fractured planes on an internal axis, as well as offering a different understanding of wheel-throwing all together—a cutting and paring down, rather than an expansion of form.  Shozo will help participants engage in the “conversation” with the raw materials—finding a way to assist where the clay wants to go, rather than expecting it to submit to the creator’s entire whim. 
After an exhilarating week of building forms, the workshop will turn its focus to harnessing the energy of the dragon’s breath in an Anagama firing.  Two days will be spent placing the pieces assiduously within the flame’s path, two days and nights hearing the fire’s roar, another two days of quiet before a final unloading.  Awaiting to understand the wrath or beauty bequeathed to us upon our wares, the entire process will be a reverence for the forces of nature witnessed within the raw elemental play of earth, water, fire, air… and ether.
Thursday, March 1               WELCOME DINNER                            MOKSA
6pm: We will meet for an exquisite meal set upon anagama-fired wares at MOKSA restaurant (of director Hillary Kanes husband). It will be a relaxed evening in which participants can get to know one another and share their stories and intentions for being here.  Shozo will also offer a slide talk of his works and life as a wood-firer, sculptor, and innovator

Friday, March 2                  STUDIO, KILN, CLAY                                     GCAC
A morning of introduction: to the studio in general and into the Gaya anagama specifically. We will orient the outset of our own making by exploring a variety of finished Gayagama works, paying particular attention to the many important variables, including positioning in the kiln, clay bodies, slips, tumble stacking and decorative use of wadding and shell markings.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
In the afternoon, Shozo will then demonstrate his technique for stretching slabs and making sculptural form on the wheel

Saturday, March 3               CLAY & TOOLS                                   GCAC
We will discuss the different clays we will now have available and what participants would like to get from the firing (light clay, iron rich clay, crusty surfaces, drier surfaces etc.—there will be 7-8 bodies to choose from).

Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
Shozo will share technique in Tea Bowl and Ikebana flower vase construction (2 tea bowls, Raku style and Shino). He will also work with participants on their projects on an as-needed basis.

Sunday, March 4                 SLAB PLATES & MAKING                  GCAC
The whole day will be dedicated to continuation of making, and a presentation of a stretched slab plate technique.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine

Monday, March 5    DANCING SCULPTURE ON THE WHEEL                  GCAC
Making sculpture on the wheel. The whole day will be dedicated to making—trialing new techniques and other personal projects.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine

Tuesday, March 6                A FINAL MOMENT OF MAKING                    GCAC
A full day of making, with a focus on tea bowls.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
Participants finish last touches of slip application, surface decoration, or glazing of select items.  Works are then left to further dry before loading begins.
Candling all day in gas kiln(s) to further dry works.

Wednesday, March 7           LAST TOUCHES                      GCAC
morning:  a close discussion of the loading and firing process introducing zones of the kiln, understanding of “firebox” and “back stoke grate” and “fire face” vs. “sheltered” areas. Loading preparation and discussion about all aspects of the process including making and using “wadding”, “sembe”, sea shells, rice straw, etc. as well as an introduction to the metal firing tools used in the fire box. 
Candling all day in gas kiln(s) to further dry works.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
Afternoon: FREE

Thursday, March 8               LOADING the DRAGON                      GCAC
All day: Working in shifts, we begin the slow and particular process of loading the Gayagama. Everyone will have an opportunity to assist in preparing various types wadding, placing works, judging flame flow, and engaging in kiln yoga!
(Interim possibility: continued making of wooden tools...)
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine

Friday, March 9        CONTINUE & CONCLUDE LOADING                        GCAC
All day: Working in shifts, loading rest of shelving and firebox; bricking door and making final preparations for firing.  Possibly there will be a session for topical discussion.
Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
evening: Lighting Ceremony GCAC
Candling begins along with first all-night firing shift.

Saturday, March 10             FIRING (building temp)                       GCAC
Low-mid range temperatures. Participants rotate on predetermined 6-hr. shifts through day and night. Transport and meals will be organized accordingly.

Sunday, March 11    FIRING (sustaining & concluding)                    GCAC
Sustained high temperatures, working back side stoke ports, (**salt/soda introduction- possible), final peak temperature and determined cooling approach.          
evening: Ending in a pizza-making in the residual heat pizza oven!     

Monday, March 12    REST & RECOVERY                anywhere Bali

Tuesday, March 13               EXCURSION                Kintamani
(*early morning departure) An early-morning visit and morning tea in Kintimani to view the massive caldera lake and the active Mt. Batur.  If skies are clear, views of Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung may be available.  A drive down into the caldera to luxuriate in natural hot spring spa there will wash away all the strain from firing, returning to Ubud via an alternative route by early afternoon.       

Wednesday, March 14                    UNLOADING & FINISHING               GCAC
morning: A slow and considered unload (this is when we have everything to learn!)

Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine
afternoon: discussing and implementing a variety of post-firing clean-up and finishing techniques.

Thursday, March 15             CONCLUSION & TEA                         GCAC
A selection of works displayed in our In-studio gallery for concluding discussion/critique/commentary of the entire experience.

A special TEA CERAMONY led by Shozo.

Then packing works to go (bubble wrap, newspaper, and cardboard boxes provided).

Lunch: family style in the GCAC mezzanine


***In order to encourage thoughtful making in the allotted studio time, there is a suggestion that participants bring a handful of bisqued pots to add to the overall anagama loading.