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Porcelain and Print- Paper Clay workshop in Hungary

This is a workshop I am presenting in Keschemet Hungary during May to 2005

PORCELAIN – PAPER AND PRINTA Meeting Masters Program with Charles Krafft and Jerry Bennett (USA)

2nd – 29th May, 2005

Jerry Bennett (USA)Jerry Bennett is a leading exponent of Paperclay technology. He works uniquely combining wheel thrown and handbuilt elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. The quiet, restrained colours of his work complement the fine handbuilt structures he creates. Using slabs of rolled porcelain he cuts and joins these pieces in both functional and decorative objects. Small in scale these works create a feeling of monumentality – small scale sculptures of everyday use. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world and he is a resident artist at the Philadelphia Clay Studio, USA.

During his Meeting Masters workshops he will:

Demonstrate his individual method of constructing his functional ware.

Demonstrate and lecture on Paperclay technologies and working techniques

Discuss his philosophy and career works – slide presentation and lecture

Charles Kraft (USA)Using all the traditional materials of Dutch Delft painting, Charles Krafft brings the art solidly into the 20th century with the creation of art works that reflect our modern realities. Floods, fires, murders, Nazi atrocities and artisic angst rise up from these plates rather than quaint windmills and skaters dressed in ancient costumes. All art should be relevant to our lives and experiences or it will not extend our sense of reality and truth.

Charles Kraft is a leading exponent of silkscreen printing on ceramic. This technique gives him a highly individual approach to his work, which is both creative and conceptual. His political works range from commentary on the holocaust to an anti-war propaganda firmly in the tradition of John Hartfield and the photomontage movement of the 1930’s.

His work is exhibited in many major museums throughout Europe and the USA.

During his Meeting Masters workshops he will:

Demonstrate his methods of originating images and screen printing decal techniques.

Discuss his philosophy and career works – slide presentation and lecture

Demonstrate and discuss techniques of making, casting and the presentation of his unique works.

The Symposium During the three week syposium, workshop participants will create new works, share information and learn new techniques through the formal and informal sessions, discuss the advances and developments in this relatively new and expanding field of ceramics through the series of slide shows and lectures from all the participants. The workshop culminates in an exhibition of the work created during the symposium in the Museum of the International Ceramics Studio.

Open for applications

Please send email to Steve Mattison for an application form or further information – info@icshu.orgPlease refer to prices page on the website for costs of accommodation etc.

Start of the new semester

I am teaching two classes at Holy Family University this semester. One of the classes, 3D Design is a fun class to teach. I must say that I am really blessed this semester with the quality of students. My first assignment included two sheets of foam core poster board. We took pictures out of magazines and cut them into four parts. We turned each of the pieces to form the most balanced composition. I made them not use pictures of objects that when cut could be recognizable. We used the forms suggested by the composition and crew shapes on the white board. We cut the forms out and arranged them into balanced compositors on the remaining board. I asked the students to select three levels that the forms can be build up from the service. This was done by stacking small pieces of board and gluing them together. I asked the students not to have any of the pieces higher off the surface than two inches. They glued the pieces onto the board and made their compositions. We worked two hours on the forms and some of the students made two of the compositions.

Some of the advantages of this project was that the materials were low cost. The foam core was $.88 per sheet.

My reaction to the project was that they learned a lot. Some of the students had a problem cutting the foam core without tearning the board. This torn edge was not very good for the presentation. In the future when I teach this aspect of the course I will give them a cutting demonstration. That is the other problem with the project. I was very concerned for the safety of the students. They didn’t cut themselves.

More later about my ceramics course, the weather here in Philadelphia has been very bad. I have had two classes in 3D. But, only one for ceramics.

Start of the paper clay discussion

My intent with this blog is to create an opportunity for people to talk about paper clay. As a studio artist in Philadelphia I am interested if others wand to learn more aobut this important material. Recently I attended the first international paper clay symposium in Keschemet Hungary. I was impressed at the number of people that were interested in the topic. I will be posting information about the workshop and some of the notes I took during the discussions.

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