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Gaya CAC Workshops 2018


 

March 1 - 15, 2018

 

HARNESSING THE ENERGY OF NATURE:  Sculpting with Earth & Fire 


with Shozo Michikawa

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“The energy of nature is truly immense. No matter how much our sciences and civilization might evolve, the power of human beings is inconsequential in the face of natural threats such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis and erupting volcanoes.” SM Deriving great inspiration from his childhood home at the foot of the very live and active Mt.Usu volcano in Hokkaido, Japan, Shozo Michikawa’s faceted and twisted forms evoke this potent natural energy. Join this master of wheel-formed sculptural forms in an exploration of the power of the natural world and how we may harness it in the physical as well as conceptual creation of our ceramic works. Demonstrations will include his signature twisting of fractured planes on an internal axis, as well as offering a different understanding of wheel-throwing all together— a cutting and paring down, rather than an expansion of form. Shozo will help participants engage in the “conversation” with the raw materials— finding a way to assist where the clay wants to go, rather than expecting it to submit to the creator’s entire whim. After an exhilarating week of building forms, the workshop will turn its focus to harnessing the energy of the dragon’s breath in an anagama firing. Two days will be spent placing the pieces assiduously within the flame’s path, two days and nights hearing the fire’s roar, another two days of quiet before a final unloading. Awaiting to understand the wrath or beauty bequeathed to us upon our wares, the entire process will be a reverence for the forces of nature witnessed within the raw elemental play of earth, water, fire, air… and ether.

Open to all level of experience 

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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April 1 - 14, 2018

 

FOCUS ON FORM, MINDFUL OF SURFACE 

 

with Lorna Meaden

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"In this two-week workshop in Bali, participants will refine and expand their vocabulary of functional forms. We will make simple pots for daily use such as cups and bowls, in addition to more complex forms for pouring and serving. While focusing on form, we will be mindful of surfaces that respond well to soda firing. Explorations of surface will include texture, line and atmosphere. Our pots will be altered, stamped, and drawn on, before being offered to the atmospheric influence of the soda kiln.

This workshop is open and suitable for all levels of throwing ability.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore both stoneware and porcelain according to their preference and interests.

"Functional pottery, in its connection to sustenance,  closely relates to the human body, revealing what it means to be human. Handmade pots are potent in their power to reveal the extraordinary, within the ordinary.” Lorna Meaden

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

For more information, contact GAYACAC - GAYACERAMIC

 



May 13 - 26, 2018

 

FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE: An Improvisational Approach Through Form & Surface

 

with Michelle Gregor

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Michelle Gregor will demonstrate her techniques of constructing the figure in clay.  Improvisation within the process of forming and surface development will be at the heart of this workshop. Techniques incorporating gesture and chance will be explored.  Beginning with the creation of a series of maquettes, participants will practice construction methods and surface development. Various poses will be demonstrated and many possibilities of describing the figure will be explored..Larger scale demos will illuminate the artist's process and expressionistic approach, which incorporates attention to mark making with a painterly sensibility, Explore and create using the figure as a starting point for inspiration.

This workshop is open to all levels

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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June 3 - 16, 2018

 

FLUX: WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Soda Surface Workshop

 

with Eva Champagne

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Weave, unravel; express, obliterate...

In this workshop, participants will experience the serendipitous nature of firing in a soda atmosphere: what the soda contributes, what it takes away. There is a wonderful sense of freedom in giving a work over to the atmospheric firing process, and a sweet anticipation of results which cannot be entirely predicted. The process can be described as a collaboration between the artist’s planning and expression, and the kiln’s sweeping endowments and editing. The workshop will be focused in two dimensions: Surface treatment techniques and atmospheric firing. Participants will layer underglazes, flashing slips, underglaze pencils, and glaze, creating varied, colorful, and lively surfaces. Methods include using wax to mask, brushing, pouring, slip trailing, etc., with an emphasis on strategic combinations, layering, and experimentation. And then we will give these highly expressive works over to the soda firing process, allowing it to have the final word in design.

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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July 15 - 28, 2018


10 VESSELS BY TORTUS

 

with Eric Landon

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Join TORTUS Copenhagen Studio founder, Eric Landon, on his Bali debut.  Sure to be an inimical experience, this pottery legend will lead participants in making 10 vessel types—imbuing each vessel with the comprehensive and unique technical and aesthetic approach he applies at the wheel to make all of his work. The workshop will explore a series of vases, bottles and bowls, introducing tricks and techniques that will allow each participant to get more out of their wheel with just a few simple tools.  Likewise, close attention will be paid to surface detail toward the perfection of glazing forms for the final gas firing.

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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August 12 - 25, 2018

 

NAKED: Raku

 

with Gaya Ceramic

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Seductively shimmering surfaces, burnished to a soft sheen as satin as skin... Naked Raku. Technically more complex in possibilities than meets the eye, this two week focus study will endeavor to unveil the mysteries, and thoroughly explore the length and breadth of Naked Raku. From finding suitable forms hand-built or wheel thrown, to burnishing, applying resistant slip, patterning surfaces in the simplest or the most intricate detail, smoking, and polishing-- each participant will become a budding expert in every nuance of practical knowledge, enough to commence an exploration of a lifetime. Gaya Ceramic's vast archive of Naked Raku production samples will enhance and inspire everyone's palette of possibilities... 

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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September 23 - October 6, 2018


UNCANNY OBJECTS IN CLAY: a reference to the wild

 

with Juz Kitson

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Join this experimental hand-building course to create individualized ceramic objects for a unique and personalized installation while exploring the unique properties of various clays, such as porcelain, stoneware and terracotta in potential juxtaposition. Juz Kitson, your everyday shaman-goddess-ceramicist, will offer instructive, practical demonstrations on how to push and pull the materials by hand, building up forms and preparing surface treatments. Encouraging the drawing of inspiration from the natural world and the studio’s lush tropical surroundings, the workshop will focus on the familiar and unfamiliar, the internal and external environments, as well as on human and animal forms. There will also be discussion and experimentation with combining other materials with the ceramics and exploring different ways of installing/displaying final works. Moving away from the traditions/confines of plinth and/or wheel, Juz thoroughly encourages the crossing of boundaries, mixing of medias, challenging of perceptions of the material and the creating of avant-garde works—all while enjoying the evolution of process along the way. 

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

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November 4 - 17, 2018

 

GIVING LIFE:  a study of proportion, anatomy and expression in the torso

 

with Cristina Cordoba

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Join internationally acclaimed figurative sculptor, Cristina Cordoba, in two immersive weeks of "giving life" to a clay body. Focusing on developing a medium to large scale torso in clay (27-47"h) using slabs and simple patterns that can be used to articulate gestures at different scales, students will benefit from Cristina's exhaustive knowledge and experience in sculpting the human form, as well as her personalized support and critique. Through daily demonstrations and discussions we will focus on proportion and anatomy (head, arms, hands and torso), sourcing anatomical references and strategies for refining and fine tuning figurative compositions for visual strength and clarity. Through the use of colored slips, underglazes and ceramic transfers we will shift into finishing and detailing the surface to optimize expression. The class will focus on a primary sculpture project supported by smaller compositions which will serve as surface and form tests and will be fired throughout the course. 

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,200

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.