Throwing Graceful Forms with Paula Murray
New for our Fall Session
Saturday, September 8, 2018
$138 + HST each participant
*Due to limited space, refunds only if workshop is cancelled
**Open to experienced potters and Level 2/3 students
Only 14 spots!
Paula Murray’s (bio below) first love of clay was centered on her throwing practice using porcelain. An artist sensitive to the nuances of line and form her work is exhibited around the world.
In this workshop Paula will demonstrate the process of making soft-shouldered round vases and elegant flaring chattered bowls. Students will practice the right time to push and stretch the clay to make large closed forms. How to make a chattered bowls without slumping. How to get the most out of your use of ribs. Stretch your throwing skills under her guidance. Expect to take home several forms to trim.
10:00-10:30 introductions, open discussion of each student and expectation
10:30-11:00 throwing demo closed forms
11:00-12:00 students on the wheel with individual support
12:00-12:30 summary and critique of work done etc
1:30-2:00 demo throwing chattered bowls using ribs
2:00-3:30 students on the wheel with individual support
3:30-4:00 trimming vases, summary and critique of work done
What the client should bring:Clay
- up to 2 bags (depends on skill & scale of work attempted and clay needs to be plastic if client is attempting to make flaring bowls. Otherwise client to bring clay they like to use.
- Current members of the Gloucester Pottery School must purchase their clay from the studio if they plan on finishing their work at the studio
- Client's preferred throwing/trimming tools
- Full rib collection including thin metal ribs
- Personal bats (non members) if work is taken home
- Idea of desired form one is trying to achieve
- Loose drawings of shape
- Try to associate a form with a feeling
- One piece to critique and asses level of throwing
- There will be a one hour lunchbreak please bring your lunch
Firing and storage of pieces from the workshop
All participants must use their own bats and take their pieces home. Firing is not covered in the workshop. (current monthly members of the Gloucester Pottery School are the exception)
Paula Murray biography
Born in Ottawa, Murray has lived on the shores of Meech Lake, Quebec since opening her first studio in 1980. Elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2006, she exhibits internationally having had work selected for prestigious competitions in Italy, Korea and Taiwan. In 2015 she was awarded Work of the Year (CALQ Prize) and Artist of the Year for the Outaouais region. Selected collections include Korean Ceramic Foundation Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Museum of Ceramics, Faenza Italy, Canada House, London, UK, and in Canada the Gardiner Museum, Museum of History, le Musée nationale des beax-arts du Québec, City of Ottawa and the Canada Council Art Bank. She is now a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Her exhibition first shown at the Ottawa Art Gallery is invited to the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale opening in September.