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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
  • Early Fee: $325.00
  • Early Alumni Fee: $305.00
  • Early Concession Fee: $305.00
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Available

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

Working in clay for over 30 years, Merran Esson expresses in her work the contrast between the extremes of country and city life. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes, including a Highly Commended in the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. She has held numerous residencies, including the National Art School Studio at the Cité International des Arts, Paris, in 2006, and Fowler’s Gap (north of Broken Hill) in 2011. She has been a visiting artist in China, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan and Pakistan. Merran has exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Galleries of South Australia and Western Australia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Galerie Rosenhauer in Germany, Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong, and at numerous galleries in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Pakistan and Australia. Until recently she was Head of Ceramics at the National Art School. Her recent work will be shown in Sculpture by the Sea in October 2016. Merran is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney and Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong.

  • 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