"The matrix of my work is a series of spirals.
One of the very important aspects is the active life force of the clay.
I let myself be carried by the mystery of a process that is repeated again and again.
Stretching the clay strip by hand, flinging it up into the air, and slapping it down on a
board. In doing so, the inside structure of the clay has changed."
Agnes' works are recognisable by the shapes made with rustic surfaced long flat clay strips that have been stretched-out by hand from the clay slab. These strips are the basic element of her works, even bowls or sculptures.
She received a master's degree from the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest in 1990. After, she worked in several international ceramic studios, but developed her original technique, the first spiral objects at the European Ceramic Center in the Netherlands in 1993.
She regularly participates in international symposiums, competitions, and receives significant prizes.
She is an elected member of
the International Ceramic Academy (IAC), Geneva, Switzerland from 2013.
As she has been living in Japan since 1993, it is not surprising that her objects have a certain oriental flavour. Immersion in the mysteries of nature, the traditions and philosophies of this culture has instinctively brought her to entwine influences of the East and the West.
This time she will teach how to stretch out the clay and make unusual shaped plates and bowls from the clay strips.
“During almost 30 years I developed my unique strip-shaped objects, from the first spiral sculptures to the platters and bowls. What is very different in my way, to compare with a traditional way of ceramic making, is that I start with the colour, and when I make the shape, the colour is already there with it’s beautiful surface and structure”
The workshop language will be Hungarian and English.
COURSE FEE INCLUDES
Accommodation in a single room.
Materials and any firings you need for the course.
24 hour access to the studio.
REGISTER FOR THE COURSE
Please complete the online booking form
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A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.
Participants may have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline.
If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.
PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE
Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying.
Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.
We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.
The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.
The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.
All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.