Slow Clay Centre International Guest Artist: Michael Martino



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Lecture: Saturday 21 October, 2-4pm $45

Workshop: Sunday 22 October, 10am - 4pm $190

Both: $200 (book both and take advantage of the generous discount!) Note: Early Bird prices expire 1 October

Slow Clay Centre is excited to offer two opportunities to connect with Michael Martino, a studio potter based in Kyushu, Japan. Mike's work is inspired by the famous Japanese Karatsu pottery, known for it's simple rustic beauty and being an exemplar of the Japanese wabisabi aesthetic since the 16th century. These two events coincide with Michael Martino's visit to Australia. Come to one or come to both for a great discount! Note the earlybird prices expire on 1 Oct.

Karatsu ceramic ware is a style of pottery that has been produced in the Hizen region of Kyushu (modern day Saga prefecture), Japan, since the mid 16th century. It is the first example of glazed ware in Japan, made possible by the introduction of the climbing kiln, the kickwheel, and clay/glaze processing technologies from Korea. Karatsu ware is known for its simple, rustic beauty, and considered to be a model of the Japanese wabisabi aesthetic.

Mike, a native of New Mexico, USA, lives and works in Taku city, in Saga Prefecture, Japan. Mike makes his work using traditional Karatsu techniques and tools, and local materials. Most of his clay is collected by him in the surrounding area, and is sometimes blended with commercial clays and/or locally acquired stone which has been processed by hand. All glazes are ash and feldspar, with a bit of clay in some cases and fired in a large wood-fired climbing kiln. see more: www.karatsupots.com/wordpress/

Content:

Lecture: Mike's talk will cover the history of Karatsu ware in Japan from 16th century to contemporary styles. He will also share his love and knowledge of searching, digging and processing wild clays. There will be plenty of time for questions and we can hear about his experiences of living and studying in Japan as a foreigner.

Workshop: Mike's workshop will be a practical demonstration of his work that is heavily influenced by the various styles and techniques of Karatsu ware. He will demonstrate using traditional local tools such as the "gyubera" (bull's tongue tool) for wheel throwing and include turning and hand building demonstrations and making teaware, tableware, sake ware. He will discuss glaze technology, brush decoration, clay prep and building and firing his large wood fired climbing kiln.

When: Lecture: Saturday 21 October, 2-4pm $45 and/or Workshop: Sunday 22 October, 10am - 4pm, $190

Where: Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood

Discount cost for both events: $200  (Note: Early Bird prices expire 1 October. Thereafter Prices will be $55 Lecture, $235 Workshop and $260 Both)

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Class Schedule

A 2-hour lecture on 21 October 2-4pm and a one-day demonstration workshop on 22 October 10am - 4pm. Book one or both with a generous discount!

What you will learn
  • A rare chance to meet and learn from international guest artist Michael Martino
  • Come to the lecture to hear the history of Karatsu ware and identifying and digging wild clays
  • Come to the workshop to hear about wood firing and see Mike demonstrate his wheel throwing, turning, and hand building techniques
What you will get
  • Inspiration and knowledge about Karatsu wares
  • Knowledge about Japanese wheel-throwing techniques, hand building techniques and specialist tools
  • Opportunity to purchase tools and Mike's own pottery direct
  • Knowledge about digging wild clays and building and firing large wood fired climbing kilns

What to bring
  • Your eager self!
  • Notebook, pen and camera if you wish.
  • Plenty of questions for discussion
What to wear

whatever you wish but with sensible shoes please!

Appropriate for

anyone with an interest in ceramics!


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Escape to Slow Clay Centre and learn the art of expression in clay. www.slowclay.com

Slow Clay Centre specialises in ceramics education and offers an extensive variety of ceramics and pottery classes throughout the year. Classes are offered on a weekly basis by the term, intensive weekends and short courses, and a rich variety of one-day guest artist workshops and forums. Catering for mostly adults, from beginners to the more skilled, we also have some kid's classes so everyone can learn the art of working with clay. Our enrolled students have priority to re-enrol each term and take advantage of our generous loyalty program providing free studio access (conditions apply). In this way we can help you to develop your skills to a high level. 

Our unique "Slow Clay" method for teaching the pottery wheel, established by Slow Clay Centre director and ceramic artist Jane Sawyer, has been taught for more than twenty years. Based on the Japanese techniques Jane studied as an apprentice in Japan, in combination with western techniques, the "Slow Clay" method offers a synthesis of East and West. It provides ergonomic best-practice and a solid foundation for personal expression and confidence with clay. All our courses offer skill-based learning within a rich framework of art and design enquiry.

Based in a beautiful inner-city studio in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia, the Slow Clay team consists of leading professional ceramic artists and experienced teachers who offer high-level teaching in a broad variety of topics - see our web site for teacher profiles. Together with other invited professionals for guest artist workshops and forums, we are a vibrant community of enthusiasts.

No matter what level you are, we welcome you to Slow Clay Centre where you can follow your personal pathway with clay!

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Refunds

Please choose your classes carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may share the love and transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course.

Please note: when paying by deposit online the balance is automatically deducted from the same credit card three weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me.

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Terms & Conditions

General: 

These apply to all Slow Clay Centre classes.

  1. Deposit or full payment (depending on the course) must be made at time of booking.
  2. Please choose your classes carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course. Please note: when paying by deposit online the balance is automatically deducted from the same credit card three weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me.
  3. Please note that making ceramics on the wheel can be a physically demanding activity and it is usual to feel a little stiff ititially. However, if you have any pre-existing or chronic injuries to your back, shoulders, hips, neck, wrists or elbows you are strongly advised to seek a medical opinion before enrolling as some activities might exacerbate past injuries and we take no responsibility if this occurs. We ask you to fully disclose any prior and/or ongoing injuries that could affect you and your enrolment is acceptance that Slow Clay Centre and/or employees, whether casual, contract, or permanently employed, are not responsible for any exacerbation of past or new injuries.
  4. All work made during classes is to be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. This is negotiable for advanced students or for studio exhibitions but we ask students to accept that the emphasis of classes is strictly on education rather than on production. 
  5. Teaching fees are fully inclusive of materials but students incur a firing fee based on a current cost of $8.50 per kg weight after gloss firing.
  6. Collection of fired pieces: Please understand that a large volume of work is produced by students at Slow Clay Centre and that storage is very limited. Therefore students will be notified via email when work is ready to be collected. Work will only be retained for one month following this notification unless other arrangements are made.

Weekly classes:

These additional conditions apply to all Slow Clay Centre weekly classes.

  1. Wheel classes: Students are allocated a board and shelf for storage and must contain their work to that space for wet work in progress.
  2. If needed, you may transfer to a different class time within the same term for no fee - provided there is a place available.
  3. One missed lesson per term can be made up in any Studio Access Time (SAT) within the term you have booked. 
  4. Studio Access Times (SATs) are available to enrolled weekly students during term times, except those attending Porcelain classes. We offer Monday and Tuesday 12 - 3pm, and Friday and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Cost: $30 for up to three hours, unlimited clay.  We reserve the right to cancel any sessions, without notice, that may conflict with other events, although we always try to post on our Facebook page 24 hours prior. Please check www.facebook/slowclay to avoid disappointment.
  5. Loyalty offer: Continuing students receive two SAT sessions per term FREE (worth $60 plus clay). Only available for enrolled students continuing from one term to another without a break and must be used within the term they are enrolled.

Regarding kids Clay Club:

These apply to all Slow Clay Centre kids Clay Club classes.

  1. It is your responsibility to clearly report in writing on the enrolment form, any illness or disability that may affect your child's involvement in the Clay Club activities.
  2. Please sign your children into each class and sign again on pick up.
  3. Please respect our teachers and be prompt to arrive and collect your children. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early to class or leave your children more than 5 minutes later than the class end.
  4. Children are expected to be mature enough to work in a group together respecting everyone's needs and to be polite.

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