RICHARD NOTKIN
United States

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As the poet economizes words, I have developed a similar means of expression in the ceramic arts through the conservation of materials. I believe that the aesthetic impact of a work of art is not proportional to its size, but to its content. It is not the objects created which are of prime importance, but the lives of people who may be touched in significant ways.


"Teaset - Iraq"

Although the vast majority of my work created between 1983 and 1995 consists almost entirely of teapots, I consider myself a sculptor with a strong commitment to social commentary. My chosen medium — the material I love to work with — is clay. The vessel is the primal "canvas" for the ceramic artist, and my vessel of choice is the teapot, the most complex of vessels, consisting of body, handle, spout, lid and knob. This allows me the widest latitude in juxtaposing the many images I use to set up my narrative pieces.

 

 

 

Mastercourse
NARRATIVE TEAPOTS AND SCULPTURE
with Richard Notkin

COURSE CONTENT

During the course participants will learn:

The workshop language will be English.

MATERIALS AND PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE

Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs. Participants will receive plaster and 20 kg clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.
Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 150.000 Hungarian Forints (HUF).
COURSE TIMETABLE
Thursday 30 July, 2015
10.00 - 12.00 Introduction to the course
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
18.00 Richard Notkin presentation
Friday 31 July, Saturday 1, Sunday 2 August, 2015
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop

Monday 3 August, 2015
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop - glazes and mixing
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon appraisal of the work

Evening working – The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio. It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Accommodation
Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Accommodation is in single rooms with shared facilities or we have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC at a supplement cost. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with large, shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

En-suite accommodation
If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.

Studios and workshops
Studios are provided for single, double or larger shared workshop spaces. There is water in most studios, tables and chairs as you need and central heating. Artists have 24 hour access to the workshops. In addition to the clay studios we have a fully equipped plaster workshop for model and mould making. We have a silkscreen printing facility for direct and indirect print including vacuum print bed, photo exposure screen and pressure washer. There is a fully equipped lecture and conference room with TV, video and DVD, digital and slide projectors. We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is computer broadband internet access (wi-fi) in most areas and residents can make use of this facility for browsing or email.

Studio materials and equipment
There are slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. provided for artist’s use and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, two for salt or soda and raku kilns.

We stock a variety of clays including

  • KS21 a stoneware chamotte (grogged) body
  • White and coloured Creaton chamotte or smooth textured clays
  • Two kinds of porcelain, one of extremely high quality, fine and translucent only available in Europe here at the studio. Both porcelains are available as plastic clay and slip.

Conditions
All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.

Information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Ceramics Studio
icshu@me.com

informátió:
Strohner Márton, Magyar kapcsolat
Ha magyar nyelven kíván emailt küldeni, cimezze
icshu@t-online.hu

 
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