Mark Hewitt - www.hewittpottery.com
June 2nd - 15th, 2013
Throwing. Intermediate and advanced
Many secrets will be laid bare as I share as much of my knowledge about throwing, form, decoration, and firing as possible during this, my first ever, two week-long workshop. I'm used to seeing a dramatic improvement in my apprentices' skills when they first begin at my pottery, and I anticipate a similar lively exchange of ideas and techniques with students in the relaxed atmosphere of La Meridiana, leading to significant technical development.
My intention is for participants to dramatically improve their throwing skills, so they can throw more, bigger, better pots - not at the expense of quality, but using technical fluency to enhance individual aesthetic explorations. Through one-on-one discussion of all aspects of making pottery, and hands-on assistance, each student will be guided towards their own artistic and practical goals.
We'll make intimate small items, like mugs, cups, and bowls, seeing them through a variety of decorative treatments to completion. Then we'll tackle complicated pots like teapots and coffee pots, and medium-sized pitchers and jars. Our finale will be to make bigger pots, using a sectional technique to make vases, and a throwing-and-coiling technique to make monumental pots, both abstract and functional.
Needless to say, we'll also spend plenty of time enjoying "la dolce vita," and all that Tuscany has to offer!
Cost: € 2000
The workshop fee includes:
- tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- materials and firings
- lodging in double room with cooking facilities; single room on request at extra cost of € 250
- welcome dinner
- welcome breakfast
- a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
- a side programme with excursions and gourmet tastings.
International Centre of Ceramics in Tuscany
Loc. Bagnano, 135
50052 Certaldo - Firenze
Tel & Fax: +39 0571 660084
Mark Hewitt is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the son and grandson of Directors of Spode. He apprenticed with Michael Cardew and Todd Piker before moved to North Carolina, USA, in 1983, where he has become well-known for reconfiguring the North Carolina tradition to reflect contemporary culture. His pots are in many museums; he's exhibited widely, and written extensively in the ceramic press. Mark demonstrated at the International Ceramic Festival in Aberystwyth in 2011, and serves as Vice President of the North Carolina Pottery Center.