The field of ceramics has a long history and stories of ancient civilizations can be pieced together as a result of the shards that remain. Still today, there are potters making work and telling stories that reflect contemporary trends in clay.
Join Kootenay Studio Arts faculty Robin DuPont and Martin Tagseth for a weekend workshop that explores the fascinating world of ceramics. Instructors in Selkirk College’s School of the Arts, the pair will share their experiences in teaching and as practicing artists. Over the two days, instructors will demonstrate methods of both throwing and altering forms on the wheel to create a variety of functional and decorative objects.
Kootenay Studio Arts faculty Robin DuPont and Martin Tagseth are hosting a weekend workshop that will satisfy attendee’s curiosity for clay. As part of the March 13-15 weekend, the Ceramics Program instructors will hold an artist talk, put on demonstrations and take participants inside in the creative process.
“Ceramics and fine craft relies heavily on shared knowledge,” says DuPont. “And it’s been my experience for the last 20 years through communal firings and apprenticeship-type learning opportunities that it is important to share that knowledge with others.”
Fuel Your Curiosity for Clay
The workshop begins Friday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. with artist talks and an evening slideshow presentation. The exploration continues Saturday and Sunday with demonstrations and discussions in the clay studio on Nelson’s Victoria Street Campus. The workshop requires no previous clay experience and is open to anyone and everyone with a curiosity for clay or an appreciation for the handcrafted.
The 10-month Ceramics Program at KSA combines conceptual skills learned in the classroom with intensive hands-on studio practice, emphasizing instruction from practicing artist instructors.
A former KSA student himself, DuPont has been joined by Tagseth this year as valued mentors in the ceramics studio. Both have made careers in the field as studio potters and are committed to teaching the trade at the post-secondary level.
The full workshop fee is $50 or $10 for just the Friday night artist talks. Proceeds are going towards initiating a student ceramics guild to assist with costs of extra-curricular activities that enable learners to attend ceramics conferences and bring in visiting artists.
Space is limited to 40 people and you can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot. Oso Negro Coffee will be provided, so don’t forget your own handmade mug!