Saturday 14th September 2019
10am – 4pm
Porcelain with Found Objects – £120
On this one-day workshop, we will discover the distinctive properties of porcelain and how it can be used with found objects and natural materials to form unique mixed media objects and assemblages.
The workshop aims to inspire new ideas, explore porcelain and found materials, and lead to expressive approaches to working with clay.
The morning session will be used to explore different ways of working with porcelain and investigate ideas for combining porcelain and mixed media. Using found objects and natural materials as part of the making process, we will sample techniques such as mono-printing for surface decoration; add rust, metals and oxides for colour and texture; and explore how combustibles materials such as fabric, paper, and organic objects can be embedded to create different textures and effects.
In the afternoon session we will make pieces that can be combined with found objects, post-firing, to form a 3D composition or a mixed media vessel. Using techniques with porcelain including pinching, slab-building and rolling we will explore how handles and other attachments can be created using wire and wood.
The course is suitable for all levels including beginners. All basic tools and equipment needed for the workshop will be provided. An apron will be provided, but please wear practical clothes and shoes.
If you have any found objects you would like to bring to the workshop, please do, but Elaine will also bring along a collection of materials for the class to use such as twigs, lichen, seeds, rusty metal, thread and wire.
The fee includes lunch, teas and coffees. All materials used will be included including porcelain. All pieces will be high fired and left unglazed to reveal the surface qualities of the porcelain pieces.
Pieces made in the workshop will be available to collect at a later date. Alternatively small pieces can be posted to you with an additional cost.
Elaine is a ceramic artist working with clay and mixed media, creating works and compositions guided by a sense of narrative and steeped in the context of the local surroundings. Her work includes hand-built wall pieces and thrown vessels in porcelain and stoneware, incorporating local clays and mixed-media. Elaine Bolt has an MA in Ceramics from UCA Farnham and has several years teaching experience, including Lecturer in Ceramics at the University of Brighton (2017/2018) and at West Dean College. She works from her studio in Brighton where she also teaches throwing and handbuilding techniques. Elaine exhibits her work widely in galleries and specialist craft events across the UK.