Go over the top with your surface - colour, texture, pattern and images all in one! Explore the vast array of possibility with slip and underglazes. Balanced between the traditions of slipware and contemporary surface treatments, this workshop will cover a wide variety of slip and underglaze applications and techniques. Slipware is a ceramic tradition spanning the history of the medium; from ancient Grecian vessels, detailed Asian sgraffito, highly decorative English and Germanic slip trailed platters, to contemporary interpretations and new developments. Slipware has vast historical and cultural implications that many contemporary potters are exploring.
Learn how to make reusable stencils and images that can be drawn, carved, and painted with confidence. Students will work with leather-hard pieces and fresh clay to experiment with positive and negative stencils, drawing through resists, mishima, sgraffitto, slip-trailing, inlay, marbling, dotting, feathering, silkscreening, and stamping. We will discuss how to layer and marry these different techniques in one piece. How to make simple bisque molds will also be covered.
This workshop will be a mixture of demos and hand-on activities designed to give the students exposure to a broad range of techniques. Whether interests lie in subtle surface textures or bold graphic statements, there will be something for everyone. A slide presentation on the history of slipware is included to inspire students. Discussions will also include considerations of form when applying different techniques, time management when applying, and thoughts on graphic design. Students will be encouraged to play and experiment in an enthusiastic environment.
A complete supply list will be available ahead of time. This class would be more beneficial for intermediate to advanced students.
Instructor: Faro Sullivan
* All fees are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise stated.