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Pottery Seminar by Greg Crowe in Singapore
exploring the thrown surface
faceting, texturing, altering & stretching on the wheel

with greg crowe

the greg crowe pottery seminar
for the first time in singapore
september 2006


Woodfired and salt glaze surface effect by Greg CroweOn this course, Australian studio potter and pottery lecturer, Greg Crowe, will explore and demonstrate a range of approaches to working with the clay directly and immediately on the wheel. This approach encourages spontenaeity and an immediate and intuitive response to the clay and the throwing process. Slides will be shown of Greg's works with wood firing and saltglazing, and he will also share the wide-ranging experiences from the world tour that he is currently on since May 2006. From Australia, he's travelling, coaching, exhibiting and learning his way through Europe to Canada and the USA before arriving at Singapore.



Greg Crowe

"I first started pottery in 1974 while midway through a degree in architecture. While I did complete this degree I was already committed to pursuing a career working with clay. After completing a fine arts degree majoring in ceramics I built a house and workshop in the hills about 30 minutes drive east of Perth ( the capital of Western Australia ) where I am still located. The next five years were very busy with exhibitions and trying to establish an income from gas fired, thrown pottery as well as making the transition from being a student to being a full time potter. In 1985 I was offered the opportunity to co- ordinate the ceramics at one of the TAFE colleges in Perth and subsequently spent the next 17 years lecturing . I have also participated in numerous group shows and had a number of solo exhibitions of my own work. Around 1985 I also started my involvement with wood firing and for the last 20 years woodfiring and saltglazing have been the main focus of my personal interest.

I have built and fired gas, oil and woodfired salt kilns and have built a number of wood kilns from 30 cubic foot Olsen / fast fire style kilns through to 600 cubic foot anagama style kilns.

Surface effects are an area of focus for Greg CroweI have recently stepped down after nine years as President of the Ceramic Arts Association of Western Australia and in that role in 1999 I was chair of the organising committee for the 9th National Ceramics Conference held in Perth ( 400 delegates from all over Australia and overseas ).

In 1992 I worked with Svend Bayer in Devon, England for 4 months and visited potteries in the U.K. and France. In 2002 I participated in the St Croix Valley Studio Tour in Minnesota, U.S. at the invitation of Jeff Oestreich.

I am currently lecturer in ceramics and design at Central TAFE Perth. I have demonstrated and taught workshops extensively throughout Western Australia, as well as in Minnesota, Utah in the U.S and in France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Japan and Singapore."

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24 Sep 06 (Sun)
Greg is currently on a pottery experiential learning and teaching world tour through Europe, the USA and Canada, prior to arriving in Singapore. At this talk, Greg will share with us the latest updates from the European and American pottery worlds and the insights gained from his trip. Greg will also share his over 30 years of pottery experience and discuss his specialized interest in wood firing and salt glazing. He'll also demo throwing techniques.
Only $10 per person
Venue: Conference Hall @ Toa Payoh West Community Club

25-26 Sep 06 (Mon-Tue)
Greg's skills on the throwing wheel has been refined over 3 decades and as a pottery lecturer in the West Coast College of TAFE in Western Australia, he's a keen and enthusiastic teacher. Greg will impart basic throwing skills to pottery beginners and help those who possess basic throwing skills to expand their throwing techniques. He'll also teach various clay building techniques. The workshop is interactive and hands-on.
Only S$130 per person
Venue: Ceramics Studio @ Toa Payoh West Community Club

28-29 Sep 06 (Thu-Fri)
This is an advanced level workshop that's suitable for intermediate and experienced potters to explore advanced throwing and clay building techniques. Greg will also share the latest ideas, concepts and technologies from his current tour in Europe, the USA and Canada. The workshop is interactive and hands-on.
Only S$170 per person
Venue: Ceramics Studio @ Toa Payoh West Community Club

30 Sep 06 (Sat)
This masterclass is in a dialogue format and Greg will discuss a very specialized topic - that of wood firing, salt glazing, design and use of different kilns. Greg has done extensive research into developing clay bodies with a particular emphasis on clay bodies for salt glazing and woodfiring. Greg will share his special interest on colour responses in areas protected or shielded from full exposure to the salt vapours in the kiln.
Only S$60 per person
Venue: Board Room @ Toa Payoh West Community Club Pte Ltd ( UEN 201020745G )
115A Commonwealth Drive #02-24 Singapore 149596

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