Saturday, February 8, 2014

Porcelain Workshop by Antoinette Badenhorst

Antoinette Badenhorst will be presenting a 5 day participating porcelain workshop at
The Pottery Studio – Bryanston.
Introduction – Sunday evening 13th July 2014,
followed by a participating
Workshop of 5 days - Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July
Aimed at medium to experienced potters, Antoinette will demonstrate her throwing, altering, turning and carving techniques using CPS porcelain. Antoinette will also demonstrate her use of press moulds to create handbuilt pots in combination with other techniques. Thereafter Antoinette will guide participants throughout the week to develop the techniques into their own individual style.
The workshop is intensive and challenging. Numbers are limited to ensure individual attention.
Price inclusive of porcelain and firing. List of other tools and materials will be sent on confirmation of booking.
Coffee & tea provided, please bring own lunch.
Cost: R3 500      50% deposit secures booking.  Balance before end of June 2014.
Artists Statement
While living in Southern Africa I became aware of the rhythm of nature. Rhythmic ripples in sand dunes and dry river beds in the semi-desert areas of Namibia, warped and gnarled trees, struggling for survival and varying stones, stacked on top of each other or scattered guilelessly by Mother Nature, was part of my everyday experience.
Mississippi with its singing Mockingbird and luscious trees exposed me to different rhythms and new nuances developed often in my work. Tornadoes, abundant water and extreme climate changes offer new opportunities for expression. 
In Chicago I had to adjust to long and harsh winters. The first snow of the season left me in awe when it brought peace and quietness over the city. Summers and winters were equally beautiful and I started to incorporate the beauty and the motion of the seasons into my works. 
I am back in Mississippi in my former studio. Gone from the hustle and bustle of the city, overlooking some fields and experiencing the quietness of small country life, brought my life in a full circle; the cycles of life.
If some elements from my experiences are apparent in my ceramic art and people can connect with those aspects of my life, I would consider myself successful.
Current Work
Translucent porcelain sculptural vessels wheel thrown and press molded, often altered and/or combined with each other. 
Small teapots; the artist pays special attention to lids, spouts and handles as if it will be functioning to hold and pour tea.
Workshop information:  Antoinette focuses on the following:
- To throw and trim porcelain to become thin and translucent
- To create press molds and use them in combination with hand building, pinching and wheel thrown techniques 
- To alter and manipulate porcelain 
- To use paper porcelain to your advantage
Background History
Antoinette is a native from South Africa, Afrikaans speaking, and currently living in Mississippi, USA. Her career as ceramic artist started in 1981 when she took basic pottery classes. 

Her teaching studio was founded in 1985 and she taught pottery to children and adults in formal and informal environments. 

After immigrating to the USA, she taught potters in workshops, demonstrations and presentations in her studio as well as in schools and colleges across the USA. She obtained permanent residency for her family because of her extraordinary ability in the field of ceramics.

Mostly self-taught, she attended shortened classes and workshops by acclaimed leaders in the ceramic profession.

During her teaching career, she wrote several articles in Afrikaans and English and had her work published in several books and magazines. She was also featured on local TV stations.

She did group and one-man shows in South Africa, United States and Japan and her award winning works are in several collections across the world.

She specialized in porcelain clay, first primitively fired and later with translucent porcelain, specifically Southern Ice.

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