TUTOR: BECKY RICHARDS
THE 6 WEEKS COURSE WILL RUN EACH WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 3 OCTOBER TO 7 NOVEMBER
(no class on 24 OCTOBER - drying time before glazing)
EACH CLASS WILL START AT 6PM AND FINISH AT 9PM.
The objective of this course is to give you an understanding of a range of simple skills for handbuilding in stoneware, while providing you with helpful resources and tips towards establishing a hand-building practice at home, or with friends.
During the six weeks, you will be introduced to simple methods of planning, forming and glazing ceramics. The course begins with a practical grounding in processes of wedging, pinching, coiling, slab-joining and texturing.
You will then plan and create your own small body of ceramic objects – functional or abstract, many or few. Using line drawing and acrylic wash, you will develop your own supportive research and drawing practice – to help generate ideas, plan your approach to making, and work through glazing descisions. Taking these concept drawings as a guide – you will work with your new tool-box of hand-building techniques to form and then glaze your ideas.
The course will include an introduction to interesting historic and contemporary approaches to hand-building in New Zealand and internationally, providing you with inspiring models and a glimpse into how exciting a hand-building practice can be.
All material is included in the student fee (white clay, red clay, colour, glaze and firing).
Ceramic works will be fired by the tutor and returned to students three to four weeks after the end of class. Students will be able to pick up their ceramic works from Whitecliffe's reception.
There will be a break week before session 5 and session 6 to allow for drying time before glazing on session 6.
About Becky Richards:
Becky Richards is a Christchurch born artist. Having completed her BFA at Ilam School of Fine Arts, she spent several years living and exhibiting in Melbourne. She is currently based in Auckland, undertaking her MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, and working part time at Objectspace gallery.
Working predominantly with ceramic objects, unfired clay, earth, fabric, plant life, wood, and geologic samples; Richards looks to illumine the vibrancy of different types of raw matter. She draws links between our own, small mammalian rhythms, our everyday gestures and objects, and the enveloping, elemental flux of wider nature.
She employs simple, often repetitive activities that bring a human body into contact with organic potencies, through exploration, quiet observation, movement and making. These rhythms of being and doing are approached with an interest in their potential to colour and adjust the abstract space of thought, and facilitate a connection with the earth in the context of digitally-saturated societies.
EVENING COURSES - TERM 4
WEDNESDAY 6 PM – 9 PM - FOR 6 WEEKS
$350.00 PER TERM (MATERIAL INCLUDED)
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- Please read the short courses frequently asked questions and the courses terms and conditions
- This course will run in Term: 1 / 3 / 4 (NO EVENING COURSE IN TERM 2) . Please check the 2018 Continuing Education Calendar for the terms dates.
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