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Uncanny Objects in Clay

Juz Kitson
  • Term: Summer School Week One 2018
  • Start Date: 8 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 12 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Juz Kitson
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Join this experimental hand-building course to create individualised ceramic objects for a unique installation and to learn about the properties of various clays, such as porcelain, stoneware and terracotta. Juz Kitson gives instructive, practical demonstrations on how to push and pull the materials and teaches you how to build up forms and prepare surface treatments. She encourages you to draw inspiration from the natural world, focusing on the familiar and unfamiliar, as well as on human and animal forms. Selected works will be fired to be collected at a later date.

Juz Kitson

Juz Kitson’s sublime installations and talismanic objects are a form of contemporary shamanism in which memento mori meets animist fetish, combining the dexterous arts of ceramics, textiles and drawing. While completing an Honours Degree in ceramics at the National Art School, her Formations of Silence was acquired by David Walsh for his Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. Her work has featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera (2013), Art Dubai (2014) and the Adelaide Biennial (2016), and is held in many public and private collections in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom.

  • Tools for handbuilding vegetable knife, sponge, cutting wire, kidney (you can purchase a kit at the art store on campus for approx. $15-$20)
  • Plastic container for water
  • Decorating and texturing tools or found objects.
  • Plastic green garbage bags to keep store work
  • Apron and towel
  • Some ideas (drawings or photos ) of a form you would like make or to perhaps scale up
  • Note/drawing pad and pencil
  • Camera OR iPhone

Covered footwear and protective clothing essential