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Pottery Experiential Learning Tour
Western Australia 7-20 Nov 2004

 
WOODFIRING & SALT GLAZING WITH GREG CROWE

Greg CroweGreg Crowe has done extensive research into developing clay bodies for salt glazing and wood-firing.

The colour responses on the pot surface from exposure to the salt vapour in a wood-firing is simply fascinating and beautiful.

The wood-fired, salt kiln that he built in 1984 is still being used today. There's much to be learnt from experiencing an entire wood-firing process (Tour 2005!).

  
Salt-fired pot

RAKU FIRING WITH STEWART SCAMBLER

Stewart ScamblerStewart Scambler is renown for his wood-firing and raku firing expertise. Some of his pots have undergone repeated wood-firing to over 150 hours to create fabulous colour and surface effects!

We learnt from first hand experience Stewart's highly efficient raku firing techniques and procedure. It was exhilirating to see the characteristic raku effects that we achieved on our pots!


BONE CHINA SLIPCASTING WITH ANGELA MELLOR

Angela MellorAngela Mellor is a contemporary ceramicist who explores the translucency of bone china. Her insipration comes from landscape, coastal environment and light.

Angela shared generously with us how she does bone china and paperclay slipcasting, and her recent project in combining her creations with artificial lighting to bring out the translucent quality of bone china in a magical way.


WOOD-FIRING WITH CHER SHACKLETON

Cher ShackletonCher Shackleton has over two decades of pottery experience and her specialisation is in wood-firing and raku firing.

Cher has just completed her latest round of wood firing in early Nov and we were fortunate to be invited to the opening of her new wood-fired pottery exhibition at the Perth Studio Potters Club (photo below). We really enjoyed her exhibition and we met many other local potters and friends. We loved the fine wine too!


ARTISTIC CERAMICS WITH GARRY ZECK

Garry ZeckGarry Zeck is an innovative ceramicist who combines his painting with ceramics. His exploration of tea pot form is extraordinary and fun.

Resourceful Garry blends his own clay and makes his own big and small gas-fired kilns. The tour of his huge and well-organised workshop was highly educational.


POTTERY HISTORY TOUR WITH JANET WATT

Janet WattJanet Watt began potting when she was in the UK and has an immense knowledge of the histroy of English pottery. And she has a valuable collection built up over three decades.

Janet's home is like a pottery museum to me. She was very kind to bring out her collection of pots made by early English pottery pioneers and we learnt so much about the history of English pottery from her sharing.

We were also intrigued by the kick-wheel which requires leg movement and coordination in throwing a pot.


PAPERCLAY SCULPTURE WITH FRANCES DENNIS

Frances DennisFrances Dennis is a paperclay sculptor as well as a painter. Her works explore the physical expression of human emotion.

We learnt hands-on the techniques of sculpting a human head and had tons of fun playing with a whole range of facial expression.


SOAKING UP INSPIRATION FROM THE PINNACLE

The PinnacleThe Pinnacle is certainly a natural inspiration to potters and sculptors. The thousands of rock sticking out from the vast desert are not only a majestic sight to appreciate, the form and surface of the rocks due to erosion are a form of nature's artistic creation to us.

 

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