My latest work involves a more direct and intimate relationship with the clay than previous work, and for the first time in my forty year ceramic career explores both the vessel and glaze.
Whilst drawing inspiration from the contrasting influences of the natural landscape and contemporary architecture, my thinking is shaped by a deep respect of the fundamental principles of Japanese aesthetics. My intention is to make work that is hopefully bold and visually engaging, whilst simultaneously conveying a sense of simplicity and quietness.
As I reflect on our increasingly fast pace of life, I find myself drawn towards making objects that are hopefully contemplative, emotive and beautiful - even useful.
In September 2020 I retired from my position as Professor of Contemporary Ceramics, after nearly 38 years teaching. On retiring, I was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Ceramics. During my time at UCLan, I ran the MA Ceramics programme, and was Head of the Silicate Research Unit. Investigation developed through both my art practice and more formal research led to the formation of a University spin-out company - ALUSID.
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My making process combines elements of control and chance. While controlling the tools that slice and form the clay, the blade often cuts in unexpected ways, creating layers and textures I had not foreseen.
The way my glazes choose to run and melt is also partly chance.
Participants will have the opportunity to make several pieces inspired by David's works and his philosophy.
He will share glaze recipes and application techniques. Pieces will be fired in one of our wood-fired kilns.
The workshop language will be English.
COURSE FEE INCLUDES
Accommodation in a single room.
Materials and any firings you need for the course.
24 hour access to the studio.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 huf.
REGISTER FOR THE COURSE
Please complete the online booking form
▶ BOOK FOR THE MASTERCOURSE
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.