June 25 - July 6, 2018
Workshop Fee: $850, Material Fee: $75
All workshops will be filled on a first come basis until the participant maximum is met. Once the class limit is reached, a waiting list will be kept.
Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on using the Majolica glazing technique on pottery. The course will include demonstrations on slip casting, glazing techniques, lectures on historical references, and technical information. Students can learn how to make a simple slip cast mold, but molds will be available for casting for those who just want to learn to decorate. Although the Majolica technique is traditionally specific, the possibilities are infinite in applying color to an unfired, opaque glaze. All levels of experience are welcome – everyone from seasoned ceramicists to painters with little clay experience will enjoy the workshop.
Instructor Bio and Statement: Andrea Gill was a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University for thirty-three years until her retirement in 2017. In addition to academic teaching, Gill has given workshops and lectures at many art centers and universities. She has shown her work nationally and internationally since 1976 and is in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum and the Renwick Gallery. A recipient of a Tiffany Fellowship, she is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and received the Voulkos Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation. Gill studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1971) and Ceramic Art at Alfred University (MFA, 1976). She and her husband John Gill share a studio in Alfred, NY. Andrea Gill is represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, CO.
Pottery, whether it’s primary purpose is function or not, is the ideal arena for weaving together the dimensional and flat. Volume, structure, color, and pattern are the visual components, but historical models and contemporary issues affect the making process and meaning. I want to create a moment to focus, for contemplation or meditation. The complicated, competing visual information is intended to entertain and mediate between seeing and feeling. The goal is to connect the emotional, visceral and retinal with a moment of peace, perhaps even joy. It is not the experience of the infinite in a perfectly imperfect tea bowl; rather, the visual chaos and order of a Persian rug viewed from up close and afar. After a career making large vessels which were three dimensional canvases for color and pattern, I am embarking on a body of work for use: tableware, either for decoration (like the centerpiece on a wedding table) or for serving food. This new endeavor involved inventing and testing a terra cotta casting slip and adjusting glazes to fit. Although the goal was to produce sturdy pottery that can be put in the dishwasher, the technique lends itself to painting that may not need to consider use.
As Eva Ziesel said, "I am a maker of things. I make things more beautiful, more elegant, more comfortable."
Gill Instagram: @gillpottery
Supplemental Programming During Workshop:
Professional Practices Lecture Series:
–Business of Art: Part 1: The Organized Artist/Getting Down to Business with Caitlin Brown
–Every one from any workshop can attend this for free
Demonstration and Lecture Series provided by Alfred Summer Ceramic Workshop Instructors, Alfred Faculty, and Staff
Each workshop/studio has an upfront materials fee. For this Ceramic Workshop, this includes casting slip.
Ceramic Workshop Tools:
Suggested tool lists will be provided for specific workshops upon registration. Our studios do not provide buckets, banding wheels, bats, rolling pins, and other small tools. Tools are available for purchase in the Grinding Room, the Alfred University Bookstore, or Tinkertown – our local hardware store. Please inquire if you are unsure if you should bring a tool, or if the studio is equipped with it.