“My current project 'Blast' was the result of one of the most strongly felt inspirations I had experienced. What I saw was a combination of textures, an unlikely juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural, objects long bereft of their usefulness and worn and encroached upon by erosion and encrustation. I was looking at sand, clay, metal and stone in various combinations and in isolation also. The textures were cracked, crazed, bright, blunt, sharp, wet, slippy, slimey smooth hard. So I set about trying to recreate the conditions that I thought might have come together in the brutal yet beautiful landscape that now inspired me.”
Eddie Curtis established his studio in 1979 where he bagan making tableware as a production potter. He later developed work of an individual, sculptural nature which he has exhibited in mainland Europe, Japan, India and the USA. His work has won many prizes in the UK, Belgium and Holland and most recently his uniquely individual textured works won him the Detlef-Schmidt-Wilkens Preis für Keramik. Oldenburger Keramiktage, Germany in both 2016 and 2017. He has demonstrated his techniques widely including The International Ceramics Festival at Aberystwyth in 2017 where a piece of his work was acquired for the Aberystwyth University, School of Art Museum and Galleries Ceramic Collection.
Whilst aimed at an intermediate or advanced level student, this course is designed to enable you make a fresh connection with clay whatever your ability.
My approach is experimental and observational and together we shall work with techniques that enable you not just to observe the creation of work that is in the style of ‘Eddie Curtis’ but to inspire a way of working that helps you to create vessels, containers and/or sculptures with a singular identity of their own.
My work incorporates and celebrates references to landscape in its broadest sense, utilising many techniques to build a composite and textured form. I shall demonstrate how some basic, simple techniques can be combined to give rise to apparently complex forms that completely belie their elementary beginnings. My intention is to elicit the response from my students: ‘I want to do that’ and subsequently ‘I can do that’. At the beginning of the course methods will be shown that enable the making of quick small pieces that will reinforce your confidence to work experimentally and with a passion. By the end of the course you will have discovered the process of combining multiple techniques in way that opens and inspires your approach to making inspired ceramics.
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.
▶ EDDIE CURTIS WEBSITE
▶ EDDIE CURTIS BLAST MOVIE (YouTube)
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.