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Follow The Line Workshop


Follow The Line Workshop



Saturday 10 June 10am-3pm

A workshop exploring line creation on clay with Jenny Bartholomew.

This technique is about the process and joy of mark making. Its subtlety and strength, its possibility for play. Each determined simply by the amount of pressure exerted by the drawing implement or hand. There is something timeless with the results (a little bit like creating fossils), and a tactility that invites the finger tips to ‘follow the line’.
Jenny Bartholomew


Join our current Guest Artist in Residence, Jenny Bartholomew, in this one-day workshop translating drawn lines onto clay.

Bartholomew will facilitate the experimentation of line making, drawing and colour stain transfer on to clay. Using methods more at home in the printmaker’s studio, such as etching and mono-printing, participants will scribe or draw directly onto a plaster block; with the line work then transferred onto clay. Unlike sgraffito where a line is incised, this workshop will teach techniques resulting in a raised line. The class will then build simple coil, pinch or slab forms and transfer the line worked clay into a finished piece.

Participants are asked to bring along their own drawings or other images as source material to translate to plaster. Bartholomew will guide participants through the steps involved in transforming line and pattern onto a three-dimensional form.

This workshop allows participants work with a loose and relaxed line or create or more controlled drawing.

This workshop will use Keanes White Raku Clay. As a group participants can choose two glazes from our class set. Completed work will be glazed and fired by NPS technicians. Work will take approximately three weeks to be fired and be ready for collection. Students will be emailed when work is ready.

Please bring along your own apron.

Jennifer Bartholomew: tutor profile

Jennifer Bartholomew is a Melbourne based artist working in a variety of media including ceramics, textiles and sculptural installation. Her work draws on and manipulates the languages of both traditional craft practice and contemporary art, frequently straddling the uncertain boundary between these fields. Jennifer’s diverse practice is primarily focused on exhibition projects and community based residencies, with occasional retail commission work.

Jennifer is an experienced arts facilitator, administrator and workshop leader, with over a decade of employment as an arts instructor with Churinga Support Services, Greensborough (1998 – 2009), and significant experience working as an artist-in-residence with diverse communities. In addition to her formal academic qualifications and employment experience, her practice has been informed by the close study of the material culture of craft and art through extensive self- funded travel and research within Australia, South America, Asia, USA and Europe.