Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Gauteng members will start the year with a well known international artist, Paul Young, presenting our first workshop – free to members.
Paul makes two major statements on his website:
“My aim is to fulfil a need, a desire and a passion for making”
“My hope is to convey a joy, narrative and intrigue for the viewer”
He has been working with clay for more than twenty-five years , being influenced mainly by English earthenware, slipware and European folk art.
His studio is a converted Victorian railway station in the Midlands from which he produces exciting decorative and domestic pieces which he shows at most of the major ceramic fairs in the U.K.
His work also features in many private and public collections, including the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Paul will start the workshop with a power point presentation giving a delightful insight into his “world of clay” and will then deconstrate his signature decorative work and domestic pieces which he will use to show us his slip trailing techniques.
This is certainly a workshop you will not want to miss.

Workshops on Low Firing Reduction with Elsbeth Burkhalter

Reduction firings have always been my passion and the main reason why I make things in clay. As a mad pyromaniac I am offering two participating workshops in March and April 2011. I have limited participation for both workshops to 10 people to be able to give everyone my full attention and guidance.
There will be a 20% price reduction if both workshops are booked at the same time.

Raku workshop
This workshop is intended for people who want to experience a Raku firing, learn how to make up simple glazes, build a simple kiln and get familiar with various post firing methods. We will work with traditional lustre Raku glazes and the “naked Raku” effect.
Participants will bring 4 bisque pots made according to specifications that I will mail to people who have booked. I will also provide slips and terra sigillata if wanted. Notes with glaze recipes, materials used and firing techniques are available on completion of the workshop.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, 5th March 2011 from 9 a.m – 5 p.m at my studio
Bring lunch to share, Tea and Coffee will be provided. Cost R 1000 inclusive.

Smoke Firings in an Urban Environment
In this workshop you will explore various ways of saggar firing (black and multi colour effects) and simulate a pit firing in a barrel. The workshop will be held over a weekend.
For out of town participants accommodation for 2-3 people can be provided as I also run a bed & breakfast business under the name of Kingfisher Lodge (see my page on Facebook) reduced rates will apply.
Participants may bring up to 8 pots made to instructions received by mail after booking. Terra Sigillata will be provided at the same time. On completion of the workshop you will also receive notes.
The workshop will be held at my studio Saturday 3rd April 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday 4th April 9 am to 1 pm. Bring lunch to share, tea and coffee provided. Cost: R 1200 inclusive.

For more information and booking contact me at: 011 467 2624
cell 082 330 1066
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