Two new videos plus international guest artist lecture & workshop
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Welcome to our September newsletter. Our weekly courses for next term are fully booked so please keep an eye on our website for the next intake date which will be published soon. In the meantime we have just opened a new date for a Weekend Intensive on 27-28 January 2018, suitable for total beginners and intermediate levels on the wheel. Book here.

We welcome international guest artist, Michael Martino, from Japan, for a rare lecture and workshop inspired by traditional Karatsu pottery, 21-22 October. 

And.....we offer two new videos and a podcast for your enjoyment!

!Ay Karatsu!

International Guest Artist:
Michael Martino

Slow Clay Centre is excited to offer two opportunities to connect with Michael Martino, a studio potter based in Kyushu, Japan. Mike’s work is inspired by the famous Japanese Karatsu pottery, known for it’s simple rustic beauty and is an exemplar of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic since the 16th century. Our two events coincide with Mike's rare visit to Australia and are his only workshops in Melbourne. Come to one or come to both for a great discount! Note the earlybird prices expire on 1 Oct.

Karatsu ceramic ware is a style of pottery that has been produced in the Hizen region of Kyushu (modern day Saga prefecture), Japan, since the mid 16th century. It is the first example of glazed ware in Japan, made possible by the introduction of the climbing kiln, the kickwheel, and clay/glaze processing technologies from Korea.

Mike, a native of New Mexico, USA, has lived and worked in Japan since 1990. HIs work is made using traditional Karatsu techniques and tools and local materials. Most of his clay is collected by him in the surrounding area and is sometimes blended with commercial clays and/or locally acquired stone which has been processed by hand. All glazes are ash and feldspar, with a bit of clay in some cases and he fires in a large wood fired climbing kiln that he built himself. 

Lecture: Mike’s talk will cover the history of Karatsu ware in Japan from 16th century to contemporary styles. He will also share his love and knowledge of searching, digging and processing wild clays. There will be plenty of time for questions and we can hear about his experiences of living, studying and working in Japan.

Workshop: Mike’s workshop will be a practical demonstration of his work that is strongly influenced by the various styles and techniques of Karatsu ware. He will demonstrate using traditional local tools such as the “gyubera” (bull’s tongue tool) for wheel throwing, including turning and hand building demonstrations and making teaware, tableware, sake ware. He will discuss building his anagama (tunnel) kiln, glaze technology, brush decoration, clay prep and the Karatsu aesthetic.

Saturday 21 October
$45 Earlybird/Concession - $55 Normal

Sunday 22 October
$190 Earlybird/Concession - $245 Normal

Both: Earlybird/Concession $200 - Normal $260  
Note: Earlybird prices expire on 1 October

Bookings essential - Limited places

Read Mike’s blog here to get a taste of his knowledge and generosity!
"One thing I’ve learned in this time making pots is that despite the primitive technology, ancient potters had knowledge about their materials and handling of those materials that far exceeds the knowledge of most modern potters. This is what makes tradition such an important repository for us. It is the best of what has come before, proven over time and distilled for us to use. We just need to pay attention." Mike Martino
Sandy Lockwood and Neil Hoffmann videos
Over the past five years since we started Slow Clay Centre we have put a lot of effort into hosting guest artists who give one-off, unique workshops. Those of you who know us understand our ambivalence about using the term "master potter". It has an air of elitism and hierarchy about it along with the outmoded, limited term "master" to stand for someone who is accomplished. We choose instead to use the term "guest artist" which is open enough to embrace anyone who has taken their practise into exciting new areas or developed their work to a high degree over years of commitment.  We try to make a little video about each artist as a memento of their workshop. It takes many hours by our dedicated in-house film-maker Sabrina Talarico! Two videos that she recently finished were filmed during workshops with guest artists Sandy Lockwood and Neil Hoffmann. We hope you enjoy them and you can see more vids on our Youtube channel here
Guest Artist Workshop: Sandy Lockwood
Guest Artist Workshop: Neil Hoffmann 
...and a podcast too!

Our recent forum, Making International Pathways, was recorded by us so if you missed out on attending you can listen to the podcast instead. Of-course it's never the same as being in the room and chatting with the artists! But there's some meaty information about exhibiting internationally so put on the kettle and settle in for a couple of hours! Artists: Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith were introduced by MC Kevin Murray. This event was co-hosted by The World Crafts Council - Australia and Craft Cubed Festival.  LISTEN

And don't miss...

Manningham Ceramics Award - until 23 September

Congratulations to David Ray who is this years' winner of the Manningham Ceramics Award. The full catalogue of all the 60 entries can be found here. It is enlightening to read the judge Janet DeBoos's comments about her selection criteria and a great resource to have her lifetime of knowledge and understanding of ceramics that she brought to bear on her selection of the artists. Thanks Manningham for a fabulous exhibition. Catch it while you can folks!
Clunes Ceramic Award - 30 Sept - 15 Oct

As one ceramics award exhibition closes another opens! The Clunes Ceramic Award details can be found HERE
Jane Sawyer - Altered States
Talk and Demo, 20 September 7.30pm
Ceramic Study Group 

Slow Clay's Jane Sawyer is looking forward to some Sydney warmth next Wednesday 20 September to give a little talk and demo for the Ceramic Study Group. All welcome.

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