Debra Sloan: 5 Day Workshop @ Leach Pottery in St. Ives

Make your own roof Finial in the tradition of the West Country – Clay sculpture course to create a guardian to sit on a roof tile

29 May to 2 June 2017 (5 days), 10am- 4pm

£450

Maximum on the course: 8

All welcome anyone with, or without ceramic skills

Theme

For this workshop – in honour of the Leach Horseman on display at the “That Continuous Thing” exhibition at the Tate, St Ives – we will work with the idea of roof finials or guardians, a tradition of the West Country.  Please bring ideas and images of what kind of guardian you would like on your roof. If students are unsure of what to do, there will be images for them to choose from. Each student will have an earthenware ridge tile to work from.  There will be a short slide show about roof finials.

  • Three days building
  • Two days to finish

Hand building [sculpture] is an open and exploratory experience, and I try to conduct a class that makes the process accessible, and is deeply satisfying. Handwork is very a different experience from throwing pots, it is about imaginative structure.  I enjoy problem solving and working individually with each student to find ways and means.  Beginners and experienced alike are welcomed.  Though technical skills are helpful, beginners can make expressive and cogent work.

At the end of the workshop the student should have one or two figure/ finials that will be fired in the Leach Pottery kilns.  Pick up of the pieces would be about two weeks after the workshop. Once these pieces are fired they can be cemented onto a ridge tile and placed on your own roof – to honour the ridge tile tradition of the West Country. This hands-on experience will open up understanding of the ceramic experience and hopefully encourage the participants to continue exploring this wonderful material. The Leach Pottery will provide some hand tools – please bring any tools you may have.The work would be freestanding and within 8-14 inches, H/W.  The students would pick up their work around 4-6 weeks after the workshop.

Students to Bring:

·         A packed lunch, Leach Pottery will provide tea & coffee provided

·         Any tools you may have, knives, sticks etc., a towel, pencil and paper, dry-cleaner plastic, large sponges, and short fingernails.

·         An image you would like to work with – if you have one in mind – finials can be anything you can imagine – abstracted or representational.  We will discuss the images and how to make them .

For the class the Leach Pottery will provide:·

·         A generic earthenware ridge tile for each student to work from

·         Generic hand tools, and I can bring some, and some dry cleaner plastic.

·         ·      A bisque firing, and a final firing in the gas kiln, so that student pieces can be weather proof and put on the roof.    Most students would make 1 -2 pieces.

·         There will be no glazing, but a black and white clay slips for the surface will be available, for a bit of detail

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More info: www.leachpottery.com

Find out more about Debra: www.debrasloan.com

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call for entry: Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory, The Muskingum County Community Foundation, Seilers’ Studio & Gallery and the Artist Colony of Zanesville, with support from the Ohio Arts Council, Mayco, and the Pioneer School Zanesville Clay Center, present the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, the largest best of show prize in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere.
The 2017 Zanesville Prize Best-of-Show award will be $20,000. An additional $11,000 in prizes will be awarded to other successful competitors. This event is the third of a competition for the Zanesville Prize that is now held every two years.
Jurors will select up to 100 entries into the exhibit from the images of works that will be submitted worldwide to the competition. From those finalists the jurors will choose the Zanesville Prize recipient and the other award recipients.
For view the Call for Entries and to submit, visit zanesvilleprize.org.
The Best-of-Show Prize of $20,000, the largest in the Western Hemisphere for contemporary studio ceramics, along with $11,000 in additional prizes, will be awarded in October 2017.
For a $45 entry fee, ceramists may submit two images each of three (3) different works completed within the past two years.
New for 2017:
There will be four categories of entries; each will receive a “Best of” award except for the Best of Show Zanesville Prize winner, which will be selected from the four category winners:
  • Functional
  • Sculptural
  • Vessel
  • Mixed Media
We anticipate accepting up to 100 entries into the exhibit.
The three jurors are:

  • Mary Jo Bole, past professor of art at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    maryjobole.com
  • Leslie Ferrin, director of FerrinContemporary and Project Art, North Adams, Massachusetts
    ferrincontemporary.com

For more information, and to see the galleries of 2014 and 2015 Zanesville Prize finalists, visit zanesvilleprize.org.

 
The deadline for submission is July 17, 2017.
Go to  zanesvilleprize.org for more information and to submit.
The 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics show will be held at

Seilers’ Studio from October 8, 2017 through November 18, 2017.
The Zanesville Museum of Art will exhibit the top award winners and the People’s Choice award from November 22, 2017 to January 13, 2018.
During the public viewing of the show (October 8, 2017 through November 18, 2017) all finalist entries will be offered for sale with the commissions used to support the Zanesville Prize competition in 2019.
For more information and to submit, visit zanesvilleprize.org.