Swanica explores Japan

Saturday, January 20, 2007

From January 11 to the 13th, I attended "A Fine Line" Regional Conference held at The Berkeley Potters Guild in Berkeley, California organized by the Potters Council, www.potterscouncil.org

There were several workshops.

This is Margaret Grisz-Dow who demonstrated the art of painting on clay with her vivid surface decoration techniques, which included Sumi-e with an Asian brush and scrafitto.

Lana Wilson demonstrated innovative handbuilding techniques. Here she showed how she textured a soft slab for the making of a teapot.

During her presentation Lana demonstrated her new way of making intricately decorated plates.

Chris Gustin altered pots by using both wheel and handbuilding methodologies. The pots are taken out of symmetry by the wheel and abstracted through the manipulation of the form. http://www.gustinceramics.com/

Friday afternoon, I went to Gary Holt's workshop, around the corner of the potters guild. Very impressive place. He talked about color effects on porcelain using water soluble forms of metals; the salt forms of metals (chlorides and nitrates), which acts quite differently from common colorants. http://www.garyholt.com/

In the evening, Robin Hopper, an internationally known potter, gave a lecture drawn from his last book "Making Marks". It is about ideas and realities, focusing on drawing, color, ceramic process, and personal interpretation. http://www.chosinpottery.ca/pages/robinhopper.html

After a weekend like this, I want to jump back in my workshop and start working on my ideas and do some research.
On Monday, we will return to Japan and I will be able to work in a workshop in Kamakura. This is wonderful.