On 10 May Anthony organised a decorating workshop with volunteers from the club demonstrating their favourite techniques. Each presentation was limited to 10 minutes - moderated by Anthony - with questions to follow.
A very successful day - stay tuned for the second part to give others the opportunity to participate.
Anthony provided us with another of his excellent workshops - this time on throwing on the wheel.
From basic clay preparation - kneading and wedging - to centring and collaring a bottle as indicated in the short video below. Click on the arrows for a full screen version.
Grace generously volunteered her place and sawdust kiln for this workshop.
We also had a great morning tea before starting - thanks again Grace.
Results were mixed but we will try again!
A hands-on workshop on our Bailey extruder.
We have had the extruder for sometime - donated - but haven't spent a lot of time using it.
We discovered that there are some smaller dies for hollow and solid extrusions that don't use a lot of clay. (the larger dies take nearly a full block and the results are too big!).
The instructions can be downloaded here.
A great hands-on brushwork workshop with our member Derek Johnston.
Ideograms - the basis of oriental calligraphy
Brush practice, pratice, practice
Derek at the easel
Hard at work
Detail of brushwork - congratulations Frank
Derek and examples of fish
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Gai and her fowl; samples of Gai's excellent work; Jenny's fancy chook; Angie and Anniko and their work; Daphne and Liz and not forgetting our fowl lunch - thanks Gai and Cam.
We were again privileged to have Anthony present one of his amazing workshops.
Not just simple (?) pulled handles (2) but extruded and the unexpected thrown handles (3 + 4) as well.
Anthony demonstrated that there are a huge range of handles on all sorts of pots (1).
On June 15 member Julie Stuart presented a comprehensive workshop on CLAY SLIP - simple clay casting to preparing slips, colouring etc.
One of the simplest ways to colour clayware is to apply a coating of clay SLIP of a contrasting colour.
A slip, being liquid clay may be applied by dipping, pouring, brushing or tailing, or if thin enough by spraying.
Anthony, with the invaluable assistance of Frank, presented an in-depth workshop on glazes - what and how to make them.