New course led by Linda Styles November 2016

THE ESSENTIAL MATTER OF CLAY

 

Tile workshop with specific emphasis on printmaking methodology as part of the educational element of ‘Pressgang’ at Penwith 15.10.16 – 14.11.16

*No prior clay experience necessary.

Sunday -11am – 3.00pm – 06.11.16

Maximum number = 8 students

 

Location and cost

 

Venue – The Porthmeor Print Workshop is located above the Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NL, in what was Peter Lanyon’s School of Painting.

 

Cost – £50 per student, which covers course preparation, introduction (with my own examples of semi relief tile work), question/answer session, practical demonstration, one to one guidance, group critique, handouts and all materials/processing. Your work will be ready for collection from Penwith gallery on Thursday 17.11.16 onwards.

 

Materials supplied

Terracotta and white earthenware clay, white base/coloured slips, oxides (cobalt, chromium, vanadium, copper, yellow ochre, black iron, red iron suspended in water), and clear glaze to finish (if required).

Processing – 2 x firings to 960’c bisque + 1060’c glaze (in my studio kiln).

 

Other resources

I will provide a collection of press molds that celebrate ‘mid century popular ornament’, textured surface bats, stamp molds and universal shape cut outs.

 

Activities

We will begin the practical workshop by focusing on tactile sense which will include some quick ‘limbering up’ sketches in clay, moving quickly on to more formal construction methods which will be combined with unorthodox ways of seeing and doing.

 

Aims – To enter into the spirit of experimentation and imagination. Skill of the hand is not imperative.

 

Objectives – To construct a ‘triptych’ of semi relief assembled wall art with some thought given to a cohesive theme.

 

Adaptations

If required I can clear glaze all or some of your tiles which will enhance the luminosity of your oxide infused/coloured slip surface treatments. *Please note – work will be ready for collection from Wednesday 16.11.16.

 

 

 

Pre-course activities – If possible please refer to the information below, giving yourself time to consider key words and meanings in advance of course commencement.

 

Key words to consider: –

Press, impress, block, stamp, graffito, bleed, obscure, reveal, stencil, monoprint, pattern, substance, surface, construction, smoothness, coarseness, tear, layer, cut, etch, mask, overlay, underlay, saturate, roll, scrape, texture, colour, abstract, evolving process, literal, narrative, organic, manmade, sheet, clay, drag, plus, minus, recontextualise, random, spontaneous, tactile, pierce, semi-relief, clay, evolving process, touch, experimentation, considered, accidental, meant, fun.

 

Substance –

Material, matter, solid, essential, stuff, body, actuality, medium, solidity.

 

Surface –

Cover, spread, hide, adhere, protect, conceal, disguise, layer, exterior, superficial, flat, plane

 

Form – The visible shape of something, configuration, the essential nature of a species or a thing, bring together parts or combine to make something.

 

Structure –

Holds form / linking up of form / construction of form, composition, organisation, character, formation.

 

Balance –

Harmony amongst parts, proportion of weight or power, equilibrium, symmetry, proportion, regularity, formal.

 

Composition –

Nature or proportion of ingredients, combination, artificial mixture, formation, organisation, arrangement, assemblage.

 

Relationship –

Corresponding, comparative, not absolute or independent, connectedness, involvement, connection, something in common.

 

Scale –

Proportionality, ratio, perspective, relative position, comparison.

 

Angle –

Corner, point at which lines diverge, nook, lean.

 

Plane –

Surface, 2D, one plane, flat and level.

 

 

Edge –

Border, rim, brink, ridge, sharp, tense, tip, boundary.

 

Space –

Confined / limited, illusion, expanse, area, infinite, outer space, immensity.

 

Base –

Low in place, on which a thing rests, foundation, support.

 

Texture –

Structural impression, manner of connecting, everything has texture, pattern, substructure, coarseness / smoothness.

 

Juxtapositions –

Being placed together, communication, coexistence, intercommunication.

 

 

 

 

Links to artists that might inspire you –

Mad potter of Biloxi

Robert Arneson ceramics

lucio fontana clay

asger jorn ceramics

Peter Voulkos ceramics

Paul Soldner clay

Ron Nagle ceramics

Viola Frey

betty Woodman ceramics

Medardo Rosso

 

 

Linda Styles 2016