Advanced Skills: Thrown & Altered with Brian Chen
Saturday & Sunday 10/29 & 10/30 1-5:00 PM with Brian Chen. In this hands-on workshop we will learn and discuss how to use the wheel as a tool to do more than just throw and trim. I will teach how I throw and trim off the hump, rough out shapes as a starting point for sculpture, and stress the importance of being nitpicky about the details of surface treatment; all while sitting at the wheel. This workshop will give you a window into how I think about my work and should be helpful for those that want to challenge themselves, slow down, and make room for productive self critique.
- Participants should bring 2-3 leather hard cup or mug shapes, trimmed round with a smooth uninterrupted curve. This is a picture of Brian's pieces in progress to give you a general idea of what he means by that. Also bring 5 lbs of wet clay of the same clay body. You most likely will only be able to finish the entire process on a single form through the workshop, but having a few pieces available gives you options, especially if you push a piece too far during the class and need to start over.
- Firing finished work is not included in the workshop.
- If you do not have access to a kiln, pieces can be fired at Burnish for a small additional fee.
- If you are a current student/member at Burnish and are using clay purchased for in-studio use, then firing fees have already been paid for with the cost of the clay.
- Recommended Tool List: We will have a few of each of these available to share if you prefer not to invest in all of these before the class. Most are already available to purchase in the studio but you are welcome to purchase online elsewhere.
- rectangular metal rib ( or something with a really clean right angle)
- 18 teeth per inch fine toothed paisley scraper rib - link to purchase from Mudtools
- 24 teeth per inch fine toothed paisley scraper rib (optional)
- sure form/rasp
- loop trimming tool (the Kemper one is fine)
- fettling knife or whatever people like to use to cut clay
- Kemper wipe out tool - rubber tipped smoother