A workshop exploring the creation of clay creatures and storytelling with Kyoko Imazu.
Make a Monster, a Night Parade workshop with Kyoko Imazu
Join our current Guest Artist in Residence, Kyoko Imazu, in this one-day children’s workshop creating clay creatures for our very own Night Parade!
With a starting point in Japanese folklore Imazu will encourage children to create their own wondrous creatures out of clay. Children will make and paint their critters in class and Northcote Pottery Supplies staff will glaze fire and display in the retail store window to take part in an evening Night Parade!
Imazu’s own work focuses on storytelling through printmaking, puppetry and ceramics. Her background in workig with children, creating stories and making objects will help harness te storytelling potential of a child into a finished monster.
The class will build simple coil or pinch forms and decorate with underglaze colour and surface decoration such as scratching and drawing onto the clay surface.
Participants are asked to draw inspiration from their favourite book or cartoon character, or to create their own character to make in this workshop as a three-dimensional clay form.
Please bring along your own apron.
Kyoko Imazu artist profile
Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses a range of mediums such as printmaking, bookbinding, ceramics and installation.
Drawing animals and monsters is one of her earliest and most important memories from her childhood. Her drawings included animals like rabbits, cats and birds and also strange creatures from Japanese folklores, which are traditionally populated with ‘Yokai’ – strange animals, monsters, objects with souls and formless, natural phenomena like wind and thunder. She was convinced—and very scared—that there were Yokai and other creatures lurking behind her or hiding in the dark corners of the house. They were as real as dogs and cats on the same level of existence. Drawing inspiration from her memories, her work tells stories that can connect people with their own personal memories and stories.
Her work is held in collections at National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland , State Library of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne Athenaeum Library, RMIT, Sydney College of Arts and numerous private collections worldwide.
She also works with community to create public art such as a mural painting or installation as well as conducts workshops in schools and festivals teaching drawing, printmaking, bookbinding and puppet-making.
Images courtesy of the artist, Port Jackson Press, Oleksandr Pogorily.