Ceramics Workshops 2015
We are excited to announce a series of 2-week workshops from April though October with international artists. Clicking on each picture, you would find more info plus a link with prices and further details. Registration begins 1 February! To register and receive info on how to reserve your spot:
JUSTIN NOVAK 27 APRIL-12 MAY
"Contemporary stylisation in ceramic figuration" Taking full advantage of access to Rome’s Ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures, this 2-week workshop will explore how stylization enriches contemporary ceramic figures. We will investigate the potential of the ceramic figure to harness the conventions of Western Classicism, but also explore opportunities to draw upon a range of contemporary formal vocabularies, including animation, comics and toy design.
CHRISTINA WEST 1-14 JUNE
In this 2-week hands-on workshop, “Permission to Stare: sculpting from observation”, Christina will demonstrate her working methods to hollow build her realistically rendered figurative sculptures. While taking inspiration from Rome’s rich historical tradition with figuration, discussion will cover a range of related topics such as observational strategies, the role of stylization, implications of gesture & pose, and naked vs. nude.
GERIT GRIMM 15-28 JUNE
"Throwing Figures" In this 2-week workshop, Gerit will lead you through the process of throwing, altering and assembling wheel-thrown parts into figurative elements of the human body. Appropriating narrative subjects derived from historical myth and fables, she presents them in forms that have visual and conceptual affinities with contemporary fine art. Grimm’s process utilizes traditional production pottery skills as a vehicle to craft monumental figurative sculptural assemblages.
KEVIN SNIPES 28 SEPTEMBER-11 OCTOBER
2-week workshop: "The Narrative Vessel & Roman Influence". Rome, and all of its breathtaking sights and experiences, provides an excellent backdrop for this exciting workshop. Our primary focus will be to explore a variety of ways to draw on clay. Kevin will demonstrate both his forming methods and his multiple layering techniques used to produce his intricate, layered surfaces.
ESTHER SHIMAZU 6-19 JULY
In this two-week workshop "Pottery Individuals", Esther will focus on constructing and assembling body parts from teeth to toenails to achieve an animated bald nude with a life of its own. Particular attention will be paid to joinery and the most detailed parts -- head, hands and feet; along the way taking every opportunity to imbue personality and expression. Work in the studio will be supplemented by visits to museums and walking tours of the city.
PAOLO PORELLI 31 AUGUST-13 SEPTEMBER
'Building the figure with armatures"’, this 2-week workshop focuses on the construction of solid clay sculptures using an armature. Once leather hard, the pieces will be hollowed out and reassembled before firing. The emphasis will be on the possibilities offered by this technique for overcoming gravity in standing figures. Studio time will be supplemented by museum visits accompanied by a sculpture specialist.
CLAIRE CURNEEN 12-25 OCTOBER
2-week workshop: "Figure This: figurative ceramics". A master class, where Claire will talk about her practice and give practical demonstrations on her approach to making. We will explore hand-building techniques, from slabbing, pinching and modelling. The human form in clay is deeply embedded in the early creations of art and continues to be a vibrant territory in which to work today. Work in the studio will be supplemented by visits to museums and walking tours of the city.
MOLLY HATCH 14-27 SEPTEMBER
In this workshop "The Inspired Surface: a two-week exploration of surface design for ceramics", we will explore ways to approach surface design and its relationship to form in your ceramic object making. We will begin by walking through basic surface design concepts and discuss ways to find your muse--from the rich history of Rome to finding your muse when at home. Learn how to source and translate 2-D patterns and imagery onto both surface decoration and into form.
The cost of the 2-week workshop is €2000: tuition, materials and firing, accommodation in double rooms in historical center of Rome (single room supplement), welcome dinner, 10 lunches, final dinner, plus scheduled museum visits. To register, please contact creta rome.