Introduction to ceramics Workshop
A course that allows participants to autonomously explore and seek knowledge within this vast and interesting subject. It offers an all embracing view of all the processes.
Three days of intense work, conversation and silence at our studios. A small thematic library will be available for inspiration and for further knowledge about what has been taught.
To know how to choose the right clay for the work and each technique is fundamental for a successful outcome. We shall make our work by pinching and giving form to the clay, by building or throwing. We will learn the advantages of each technique and leverage this newly acquired knowledge. On the third day we will build a small kiln to fire our works and learn about firing process. At the end of the course, you will take our freshly fired work home.
You will learn to:
Identify different clays and their characteristics and functions;
Building techniques: pinching, shaping, turning, coil and slab construction;
Ceramic decoration techniques;
Concerns about the drying process;
Building and operating small rudimentary kilns (paper and pipe kiln and small gas fired kiln.
Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist and Sculptor
Renato Costa e Silva, ceramicist and sculptor, with 40 years of professional activity has a vast curriculum not only in the area of ceramics but also of large public sculpture in various materials. Born in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, where he lives and works, he has carried out an intensive study of clay and ceramic materials and has a long experience in the preparation of ceramic pastes and glazes. Over the years he has conducted hundreds of wood firings.
Kerstin Thomas Sculptor
Kerstin Thomas, sculptor for almost 30 years, studied wood carving and sculpture in her home country, Germany. Once in Portugal, she studied Portuguese Language and Culture at the Language Faculty in Coimbra University. With a preference for autochthonous wood, her work is inspired by rural life and the expressiveness of the human face. The construction of the Sasukenei-Smokeless Kiln for high temperature wood fired ceramics in 2015 was the beginning of finding in ceramics a new way of artistic expression. Co-founder of the Cerdeira-Home for Creativity project, she divides her time between her art practice and her work as coordinator of the village's Artistic Program.
Offer of accommodation in our shared Residency house with enrolment in the course (subject to availability) or a 10% discount in accommodation with a minimum of 2 nights;
10% early bird discount if you sign up before 18th of March;
Group meals can also be ordered.
We also offer a creative experience of 3 hours in ceramic figurines and intro to potter’s wheel (you can book it with your accommodation).