SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10:00AM-5:00PM
JUN 22 & 23, 2019
Instructor: Gail Kendall
Using earthenware clay, slabs and coils, along with basic clay tools, various construction techniques will be demonstrated. Students will receive a handout of formulas along with an image-based discussion of how Gail uses underglazes, glazes, luster and china paints to complete her work. She will begin with a couple of lidded forms and conclude with hands-on plate and platter making with all participants. Techniques will include using bisque molds, applying feet, demonstrating handles, lids, finials, lugs, and upside-down slab and coil plates and platters. There will be plenty of discussion with q’s & a’s.
$30 materials fee due at registration covers your first bag of clay, firing, and glazes. Additional clay may be purchased as necessary.
To register for this class please call (707) 938-4626 x1
My ceramic works are influenced by European earthenware pottery and porcelain traditions from the 13th through the 18th centuries. Both “peasant” and “palace” pots inspire me. In the former it is the casual, perhaps careless result that excites me: the drip of glaze, the impurities in the clay, the globs of kiln-shelf refuse fused to the bottom. These imperfections often enliven the pot in ways that take my breath away. In the latter, the elaborate rendering of form and surface common to porcelain factories such as Sevres and Spode, fuels my imagination. Early English slipware, Delftware, and Italian maiolica are sources I refer to often.
I am attached to terracotta and low-fired technologies as symbols of my heritage. I like to imagine a potter ancestor in Luxembourg or Wiltshire pouring slip on his earthenware platter, decorating it with the details of some local or family event, sprinkling on lead oxide, then firing it in the most simple manner. He was an essential member of his community, whereas I am at home in the art world. But my ancestor and I are alike in our interest in enlivening the daily aspects of life: mundane routines and community celebrations. Like him, I hope the plates, platters, bowls and other service pieces I make enhance those routines and rituals and that they add a touch of grace to the domestic arena.