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Clay, Wheel, Body

Dr Louise Boscacci
  • Term: Summer School Week Two 2018
  • Start Date: 15 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 19 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Dr Louise Boscacci
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Are you curious about the materiality of clay and energised by the possibilities of making it flow on a turning wheel? Explore the interplay of clay, wheel and body to create forms that only you can make – with your physical capacities, imagination and ideas. Louise Boscacci demonstrates new hands-on methods to use the wheel and other studio instruments with a focus on making objects, big pots or wild things and experimenting beyond what you think is possible to manifest individual compositions. She also introduces you to mark-making techniques, particularly clay inlays and textural renderings. Local found clays will become part of the creative encountering, and selected works will be fired to be collected at a later date.

Dr Louise Boscacci

Dr Louise Boscacci is an artist and innovative educator in ceramics who has exhibited widely in Australia for the past two decades. She is an alumna of the National Art School in ceramics and photography. Her works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong, as well as private holdings in Australia, the UK, the US and Hong Kong. She was a recipient of the Australia Council’s London Studio Residency in 2009–10, where she researched aspects of ancient and contemporary ceramics in England and Italy. In 2010 she was an invited Australian master artist at Clay Energy, Gulgong, the international ceramics event hosted by the late Dr Janet Mansfield and family. She explores the language of found local clays and combines clay with other media, such as sound, photography and video. Recent exhibitions include water objects – echoes: Louise Boscacci and Toni Warburton, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, 2017; Tell me about the wind, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, 2017; and Postcards from the Anthropocene, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017. Visit her website at www.louiseboscacci.net

  • Wheel-forming tools: a pack of basic tools can be purchased at ceramics’ and art supplies outlets: should include a clay-cutting wire, basic turning tools, a sponge, several wooden shaping tools
  • Make sure to include a small throwing sponge plus a large sponge (eg. for car washing); old sponges are fine
  • Ice-cream container or similar for holding water at the wheel head
  • A bucket to carry and keep all in, and for clean-up use
  • An (old/ working) apron and a towel
  • any wooden throwing bats you have
  • a small visual diary or notebook with pen/ pencils for drawing, taking notes.
  • a water bottle for holding personal drinking water during the day is useful.
  • Smart phones can be used for taking photos/ short video passages of one’s own studio processes and compositions.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential