Enjoy the beautiful South Florida surroundings and great winter weather while taking advantage of the exceptional facilities at the Armory Art Center. The Visiting Master Artist Workshops offer a unique combination of intensive studio time with state-of-the-art facilities and works renowned teachers in the relaxed, beautiful, and culturally dynamic setting of West Palm Beach. The Armory’s Visiting Master Artist Workshop Series brings together students and contemporary master artists from all over the country, and even internationally! As a result, the workshops provide an unparalleled educational experiences. Now in its 21st year, the series caters to artists of all skill levels and diverse disciplines. The Visiting Master Artist Workshop series was designed to offer opportunities to study with the best of today’s master artists working in the areas of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, and drawing.
NEW! Introduction to Wire Bobbin Lace (Virtual)
Instructor: Angharad Rixon, Visiting Master Artist, Australia
Jan 14, 2021 – Feb 25, 2021
Thursdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Bobbin lace is a beautiful technique which holds a lot of potential when worked in wire. We will begin this course with a lecture about the history of gold and silver lace from the Renaissance and Baroque and then go on to learn how to reconstruct some of these antique patterns in wire. Once you are confident with some simple patterns, we will look at how you can include beads or spangles in your lace to add sparkle and we will close with a taste of freehand lace; so, you can create your own unique design. You will also receive a complete set of digital notes in addition to the weekly lessons so you can practice at home.
Please note that this is a virtual class and will be held using Zoom. An instructional welcome email will be sent to you prior to the first day of class.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Angharad Rixon is a historian specialized in textile techniques; in particular lace, embroidery and decorative braids. She is interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the survival of “dynamic” textile traditions. She has taught various subjects including costume and textile history and textile techniques for design students and professionals both at Italian and international institutions including NABA in Milan, the Roberto Capucci Foundation in Florence and the Sturt Centre for Contemporary Craft, Australia. She is the founder of Textile Support.
Copper Matt Raku and Alternative Firing Processes
Instructor: John Kellum, Visiting Master Artist
Feb 18, 2021 – Feb 19, 2021
Thursday & Friday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Copper Matt Raku is one of the more difficult firing processes to achieve consistently good results. This workshop will focus on the “elusive” Copper Matt Raku firing process. Included in the workshop is all the information needed: clay bodies, glaze recipe, equipment & tools. Along with Copper Matt firing, demonstrations of Horsehair, Naked Raku, and simple aluminum foil sagger firing can be shown. Participants will need to bring 2-3 bisque-fired pots to Cone 06. It would be recommended the pieces be made with a “raku” clay body or a high-dire stoneware with grog to avoid the possibility of cracking. Recommended levels: Beginner through advanced.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
First and foremost, I am a potter. I love sitting at my potter’s wheel and creating. There is a certain peace that in inherent in throwing on the wheel that has captivated me. Each piece starts as a wheel-thrown form. After the pot has hardened to a leather-hard state, I add slab-built pieces, hand alter, carve, pierce and add to the piece. I rely on my numerous years of graphic design experience to create a fluid movement and flow to the piece. I attempt to put the joy and passion I have for clay in to the each piece and like me the pots are whimsical and often off-center. To finish the pieces, I use the Raku firing process with a copper mat glaze as a dominate base. I am drawn to this firing technique because of its earthy feel, its immediacy and its serendipitous nature. Read more here.