Planting a Garden of Ceramic Ideas - Workshop with Catherine White, 10/27-28
This workshop with Catherine White will be a playful immersion in nurturing your personal aesthetic garden. Our initial project will involve making slab thrown plates which we will use to explore different methods of slip decoration as a model for cultivating one’s own ceramic voice and personal direction. This workshop will give you the tools and techniques to give nurture and give voice to your creative spirit.
The workshop begins with an invitation to a Friday evening image talk (open to the public) about how aesthetic seeds for ideas and process are germinated from personally gathered ceramic materials, vibrant historical roots, and an enlarged appreciation for physical use.
- On Saturday we will begin by preparing slabs. We will then experiment with methods of slip application using large paper and personal sketchbooks prior to working with our clay plates.
- On Sunday we will be completing the plates by cropping our ceramic slip drawings and adding feet. There will be additional time to focus on specific participant questions with more demonstrations and discussions as to personal aesthetic directions.
"Potters are often confused with being manufacturers. People frequently expect potters to have an assembly line, the ability to exactly reproduce objects. My alternative vision is that ceramic artists are gardeners creating a protected and fertile place for the seeds of ideas to grow and mature. Each cycle of work creates the next generation of ideas."
Included in Workshop fee: 25 lbs clay, bisque firing, slips and lunch. 10-4 pm each day. Friday night lecture is 6:30-8:30 pm.
Participants should bring: scissors, simple clay tools including a knife, ribs and brushes.
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About Catherine White:
Catherine White is one of DC area's most celebrated potters and ceramic enthusiasts. She has taught, written and exhibited extensively about the ceramics and process of finding and focusing your creative energy to make personally meaningful work.
White has been in more than seventy exhibitions in fifteen states, most often exhibiting in New York City and Washington, DC. Her work is included in both the Renwick and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Since 1983, she has had yearly commissions for OMEN, a Japanese restaurant in Soho, New York City (affiliated with OMEN, Kyoto, Japan). White has had commissions with the US Department of State for plates gifted by President Obama to Liberian President and Nobel Laureate Ellen Sirleaf, as well as tea canister gifts from First Lady Michele Obama for the 65th UN General Assembly.
White originally established a studio with her husband, Warren Frederick, in 1984 in Dayton, Maryland. They moved the studio and their home to Warrenton, Virginia in 1989. White is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the GWU/Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and at Hood College in Frederick Maryland. She has also taught ceramics at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, and American University. Her articles examining drawing, materials and failure have appeared in The Studio Potter.
She and Warren Frederick fire their work twice a year in an anagama style wood fire kiln. They also fire a gas kin several times a year and have recently been experimenting with controlled reduction cooling.
Born in 1958, she grew up in New York City as the daughter of artists. She jokingly says that the dinner table was the only space left for artwork in a family home filled with artist parents and siblings. She received an AA degree in 1977 from Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. White moved to Aix en Provence, France in 1978 to study painting at the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing. She returned to the United States in 1979 and obtained a BA in Fine Arts from Antioch University, Maryland. White then completed a MFA in Ceramics at Antioch in 1982 where she then became an Assistant Professor.
Catherine's work is included in the exhibition, Floating Islands, Ceramic Vessels for Ikebana at the JICC and District Clay Gallery.