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A Handful Of Clay

Merran Esson
  • Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2018
  • Start Date: 19 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 May 2018
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Merran Esson
  • Level: Beginner , Intermediate
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn the ancient art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of coil, slab and modelling with clay. Merran Esson’s energetic approach creates a stimulating environment in which to experience the pleasure of handling clay using impressions on ceramic surfaces and treating the surface with coloured slips and engobes. Gain confidence in the ability of your hands to explore form, scale and proportion to create unique works. This course is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their hand-building skills. Selected works will be fired and collected at a later date.

Merran Esson

Merran Esson’s ceramics express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Influences from her rural childhood combine with the urban confines of city life to produce containers connecting in ways that explore mutual survival. Merran Esson has been making works of art using clay for over 30 years. In 2014 she won Highly Commended in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, her other awards include the Port Hacking Award (2000), Nava Marketing Grant (2006), the Gold Coast Ceramic Award (2005) and Poyntzpass Pioneer Ceramic Award (2008). In 2016 she was a master presenter at Clay Gulgong and exhibited her work in Barcelona as part of the International Academy of Ceramics Congress. Esson was a resident in the National Art School Studio at the Cite International des Arts in Paris in 2006. In 2011 she did a residency at Fowler’s Gap in the semi arid zone north of Broken Hill. She has been a visiting artist in China, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan and Pakistan. Esson has exhibited in The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Galleries of South Australia and Western Australia, The Victoria and Albert Museum London, Galerie Rosenhauer in Germany, Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong, also Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Pakistan, Spain and numerous galleries in Australia. Her recent work was exhibited in 2016 Sculpture by the Sea, in 2017 Sculpture at Scenic World. In 2018 she is a finalist in The University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award (May 2018) and Sculpture at Scenic World (April 2018).

Her work features in the text book Artwise 7-10 by Glenis Israel. Merran has recently retired from her position as the Head of Ceramics, at The National Art School in Sydney. Merran Esson is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney.

  • Notebook and pens or pencils
  • Nylon fishing line for making a cutting wire and 2 buttons/washers for tying onto the ends of the line
  • Ice-cream container, bucket, kitchen knife (sharp, not serrated), plastic garbage bags and an old towel
  • Chunk of sponge

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential