Building Translucent Porcelain forms with Guest Artist Bryan Hopkins
Instructor: Bryan Hopkins
Dates: Sat, April 4th and Sun, April 5th
Times: 10am-5pm with a 1hr lunch break
Location: Radius Art Studio One, 322 SE Morrison St
In this hands on two day workshop, we welcome guest artist Bryan Hopkins, Professor Of Ceramics at Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY. Bryan will demonstrate pushing porcelain beyond the theory that form must follow function into that grey area where provocative work exists. He will discuss the importance of developing clay bodies specific to his needs, making tools, and the importance of collaboration. Bryan will demonstrate his methods for making translucent porcelain pieces (cups, bowls, etc.), as well as how to successfully add hand-built elements to wheel thrown pieces to create interesting asymmetrical forms. His work is influenced by architecture, historic ceramics, and his urban environment.
In addition to learning Bryan’s methods for making translucent porcelain pieces (cups, bowls, etc.), students will also explore his use of carving tools and bisque molds to affect surface and increase translucency. Water erosion and paper resist techniques will also be demonstrated, as well as effective joining techniques for porcelain slab work. Each day will include one-on-one instruction time, critique of the days’ production, and short talks about historic and contemporary artists who work might apply to the workshop participant. Bryan’s goal for his students is for them to have a clear and unique voice in porcelain.
All work will be bisque fired at Radius and available for pickup during open studio hours. Students with glazing experience will also have the option to glaze and glaze fire during open hours (open studio fees are $5.50/hour).
This is a wonderful way to expand on existing ceramic skills and learn ways to build outside of the round. All experience levels are welcomed, but some ceramic experience is encouraged.
Learn more about Bryan Hopkins work at: https://www.hopkinspottery.com
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