Bloom Building: Simple ceramic hand building techniques (slab building) w. Ryan Gauge
Times: 07:30 - 20:30
In this workshop you will be learning traditional ceramic hand building techniques. We will be using earthenware/stoneware clays all of which will be required to be fired and will not be available to take home at the end of the workshop. All of the work will be fired and can be painted and decorated in an optional second workshop or be glazed by me using one of our existing glazes. Everyone involved in the workshop will gain the knowledge of building ceramic forms from raw clay to finalised decorative objects. These skills can then be taken and practiced outside of the workshop space. Anyone can join in in this simple and enjoyable beginner ceramics class and all will leave with a finalised product.
• Rolling and clay preparation
• Surface design and pattern inlay
• Cutting, shaping and building
• Fettling and finalising ceramic object
This will be a 3D visualization workshop changing the perception of craft ceramics, no mugs, vases, and bowls. We will be focusing on using ceramics to make a city, buildings and skylines moving away from the soft idea of ceramics.
Creative mappingWe are attempting to build a creative visual landscape or Birkenhead/Liverpool showcasing the beauty and creative spaces that reside in this area.
We want to teach a range of basic ceramic skills that will build up in to the production of forms and vessels that relate to these spaces. These reasons for this project it to highlight the important spaces and create link between the places and the people who visit them.
This workshop will create a simple 3D visual Map of the area that can kick off the creative mapping project. This can be a 2-part process both fabricating and decorating the work. Do you have a favourite space, building, area, art piece (public). We are going to photograph and create stencils of the prominent building and creative spaces within Birkenhead. These along with participants personal images will be the stencils we use to develop the shapes of the objects within the workshops.
What you make at this workshop can feed into this project.