Ceramic-experiences diary by Maria Lopez
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Ceramic Workshop at Horse Riding School and Nature Center
This workshop ran for a few days, though the participants, divided into groups of around 15 children, stayed with me just for 45 minutes before moving on to another activity. The children, 3 to 8 years old, were on school day trips. This was a very intense, fun and refreshing experience. The ceramic workshop was designed as another activity part of a circuit, there were 5 different activities for the children to experience. The ceramic workshop was inspired by this greek terracotta horse from the 5th century:
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Monday, 15 August 2022
Chidren and adults Ceramics courses at Cocodesign
The following are some images taken at the ceramics course I am teaching at CO&CODesign. The students are divided into two groups , children and adults. I am quite amazed by their talent and perseverance.
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Sunday, 14 August 2022
Primitive ceramics workshop/obradoiro at Os Biobardos con Quibutz
Os Biosbardos is a unique place for agricultural and crafts exploration. Os Biosbardos hosts many different projects always with a permacultural mindset. It is like an oasis located on the border of an industrial state. There is clay in Os Biobardos and this was the main reason for this workshop, to collect process and test the clay. Two sessions were open to the public and admitted participants. One session for produccion and another for firing. At the produccion session participants were shown the source of the clay,but they did not have to dig for it. They all had a go at kneading and in the meanwhile I explained them about the need to wedge the clay, where / how to look for local wild clay and how to process it in order to get a workable clay. I used clay obtained from different locations, all in the vicinity.
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Labels: primitive ceramics
Monday, 1 February 2021
Primitive Ceramics at Feans Collective Gardens
I have been living in Galicia for a while now, though I do not have regular access to a ceramic workshop where to fire my work yet. So far I have been producing small figures using local clay, firing them where and when possible. Nonetheless, these limitations are an opportunity to experiment different ways of making and firing, like this workshop at Feans Collective Gardens. It was an introduction to primitive ceramics concentrated in a two-day outdoor workshop. The first day was focused on production and the second one on firing. First day, production: We started the day with a harvesting walk. From 10am to midday we wandered around the lushFeans Collective Gardens guided by Lourdes an expert in wild plants. We gathered edible and non edible wild plants. The aim was to harvest for lunch as well as for the workshop. We prepared some vegetable tempura, salad and also cooked a veggie omelette.
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Labels: art, ceramics, events, local clay functional ceramics
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Ceramics in Gran Canaria 2
At the end of my stay in Las Palmas I met fellow potters, Gloria, and Paco. They lived not far from my place. By chance I passed by their gallery-workshop at Leon y Castillo, one of the arteries of Las Palmas. Their gallery is a lovely and welcoming space. The front room is where they display their creations and also work from other artists/artisans they like. The back room is their ceramic's workshop. Upstairs there is the storage and more workshop space. They confessed that their house have become another workshop. Sadly I did not take many photos. I throw some jugs on the wheel for them. It was a bit ackward after two years of no practice. I showed them how to prepare and work with paper -clay. Paco makes lamps, so hopefully this technique will be of use for him. In exchange ... they allowed me to use their space and they fired some work I made from Gran Canaria's wild clay. Overall, they were wonderful to me, we had great conversations about life, Spain, art, ceramics, craft, business, relocating to new places... There were always people at their gallery, students, customers, artists. One day I had the pleasure of meeting Gloria's mum, a very creative person. Now in her nineties, she is still sewing and has been making bags of her children's old dresses, thus producing functional bags and memory triggers at the same time. I loved the concept and craftmanship. During my weekend strolls all over the island I had always in mind to search for clay. I just wanted I little amount, to do a small piece, a token from the island. But I wanted to dig the clay myself, not to buy it. Some potters sell bags of already prepared Canarian clay. There is not much clay in the islands, and it fires at a very low temperature it needs additions like sand to be able to reach 800 degrees. I found my clay not far from Arteara, walking through the tunnels and galleries abundant in the area. These galleries enabled workers to cross through the ravines, saving them lots of time. They are not often used now and some were flooded. I was reckless because I did not follow the Canarian tradition for preparing the clay, and decided to mix my clay, after sieving the impurities, with 30% of a comercial stoneware body to increase its firing temperature. It worked well. None the less, I think of it as a Canarian clay. I had only enough for a little figurine.
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Ceramics in Gran Canaria, 1
There are no many natural resources of clay in Gran Canaria. I am very fond about finding some local clay and to prepare it myself so to use in my work. But there is some clay which has been used to produce ceramic wares from the time of the first inhabitants of this island, some say they were of Berber origin. Their techniques and processes are still in use and well preserved by the practice of some of the Gran Canaria potters of today. Some play with the techniques and "bastardize" them producing amazing results, contemporary objects and artefacts. In other cases, the traditional practices and processes are religiously preserved. For example at "La Atalaya" there are a Museum and an open workshop dedicated to the memory of one of his famous master Panchito. It was not common in Gran Canaria for men to be involved in the production of ceramics. That did not stop Panchito, his house is today a museum and the visitor can see where and how he lived and worked as the workshop is contained within the house. Potteries used to be set up in manmade caves. The workshop was usually owned by the potter. The potters of La Atalaya were very poor they lived perched on the ravines near to the source of clay and other materials needed for their craft. There wes famine, war, isolation, as Gran Canaria besides being an island has a complicated topography.
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