France, Lessac

Formed by you, refined by fire

when 10 July 2016 - 20 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1197

What kind of objects would you create, borrowing materials from the earth and leaving your creative signature on a place?

This workshop will guide you to experience ceramic and glass methods to express yourself. Objects could be usable or ornamental – they are a reflection of who you are, what inspires you and what you want to make. We will also explore how to present objects in a narrative environment – use your creation to communicate about the thoughts behind your creative journey. The presentation site might be in the open air, or an indoor defined area or somewhere else chosen by the participant. Preparing location/space/stage/plinth will be a part of the design development of this workshop.

The Domaine de Boisbuchet has a unique type of wood-fired kiln, which is fuelled by carbon-neutral waste wood and simultaneously fires ceramics and melts glass for glassblowing. This is based on traditional wood-fired techniques and, at the same time, provides a contemporary sustainable approach to high temperature ceramic and glass production. In this workshop, participants will use local clay for ceramics and also design glass pieces to be made during the kiln firing. The group will experience the intersection of ceramics and glassblowing by helping to load the kiln and by working in shifts to continually fire it over the course of two days.

Participants are assisted on techniques of ceramics by Fred Herbst, glass blowing is demonstrated by skilled artists from the Corning Museum of Glass, and design development and narrative presentation are guided by Tomoko Azumi & her team.

Course leader

Tomoko Azumi and Corning Museum of Glass

Target group

Students, Professionals, Artists, Ceramists, Potters, Glass Blowers

Course aim

Use local clay for ceramics and also design glass pieces to be made during the kiln firing.

Fee info

EUR 1197: Student - Valid proof of student status required at registration.
EUR 1613: Professional