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Sculptural Ceramics and Individual Touch with Clay Course


Sculptural Ceramics and Individual Touch with Clay Course



Class Schedule

This course is not available until 2018.

Class Description

Join established and respected artist Robyn Phelan, in this six week hand building workshop. In this workshop participants will learn the fundamental hand building techniques of coiling and pinching to create unique sculptural forms and/or vessels. Participants are asked to bring along an object or an image that contains a strong memory or personal narrative, which will be a starting point for the forms they create. Using this object or image, Robyn will guide participants through the steps involved in transforming ideas into three-dimensional form.

This course will use LGH 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 towel and apron.

Introduction to the design process through exercises in drawing, sketching and model making.

Developing conceptual ideation through observing personal objects and painting. Bring your special image or object this week.

Building on Week 1 & 2 participants will repeat previous steps, having extended model making skills.

Conceptual development, interpreting and developing the personal touch in the made form.

Exploration of form and surface through the introduction of textural decorative techniques.

Refining of skills and developments to finalise works ready for glazing and firing. Students can choose two glazes for their form.

Tutor Profile Robyn Phelan

Robyn Phelan is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne. Her professional background is in visual arts and museum education, curation and management. A ceramics practice has been her most recent pursuit. Working from the Elm Place Ceramics Studios, Robyn is also an avid writer and observer of Australian contemporary ceramics, pottery and art.

Artist Statement

Critiques on ceramic, craft and art history, a sense of place and formal sculptural issues inform my work.

When making, each form begets the next, until groupings are formed. The process of choice and composition of the final display is highly considered and crucial to the personal narratives I wish to convey.

Each object makes obvious the marks of the skilled hand on clay with craft knowledge as the foundation of my material practice. I use the traditional technique of ceramics. Pinching and coiling of stoneware and porcelain is finished with a variety of artist made stains and glazes.

Ceramic objects, by their very permanence, are keepers of memories and tangible holders of stories.