A two-day workshop with Walter Auer

When: Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 October 2013; 10am – 4pm, both days

Where: Northern Beaches College, 154 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, Sydney NSW

Workshop fee: $200 per person ($180 members of TACA) – fee covers tutor, hire workshop space, clay and tea/coffee.

Course Description:  Walter Auer is offering a hands-on workshop where participants will learn about methods for preparing and applying terra sigillata. Numerous resist techniques will be explored, culminating in a variety of different firings and atmospheres including smoke, raku and stoneware firing.

Tutor: Walter Auer studied ceramics at the State Institute of Art, Faenza, Italy, graduating in 1987 with an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics. He learned traditional wheel forming in Avanos, Turkey and then studied in Miyama, Japan with Chin Jukan. Walter then set up a ceramic training centre in Eritrea, before settling in Sydney in 1997. Since 2002, he has been teaching ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE. His sculptural ceramics have been exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea 2005, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2005, Hyperclay: Contemporary Ceramics (still touring) and in many national and international solo and group shows;

Please note: Full payment is required to ensure a place.

Minimum number in the workshop: 8
Maximum number in the workshop: 15

Day 1
Start with a slideshow of some of Walter’s work
Short introduction to the 2 day workshop, general information about terra sigillata.
Preparation of terra sigillata (stage 1)
Application of terra sigillata to bone-dry pots or bone-dry sculptures
Use of resist techniques

Day 2
Continue and finish preparation of the terra sigillata (stage 2)
Experiment with the resist techniques and application of the terra sigillata
Load kiln for raku firing, fire and unload in the afternoon
Load kiln for black smoke firing, fire during the day; work can be collected at a later date
Select samples to be fired to 1100–1200ºC and 1280ºC in reduction and oxidation; fired work to be collected at a later date

Participants need to bring:
1.  At least one good hake brush (for the terra sigillata application) and a few cheap
     brushes to be used for the resist experiments
2.  6 small bone-dry (raw) pots or sculptures, made out of terracotta and/or Keane Special
K. Participants may bring in found clay and we will use it to prepare the terra sigillata
3.    Camera to record process
4.    Selection of ceramic tools
5.    A journal & pencil/pen
6.    Wear closed-in shoes (OH&S requirement), bring an apron or wear old clothes
7.    Lunch and a mug for coffee and tea

The workshop fee covers a limited amount of clay per person, morning and afternoon tea.

Please arrive by 9.45am on Tuesday to set-up and meet the other participants.

Parking is available on site; enter opposite the entrance to Warringah Mall on Old Pittwater Rd. Ceramics is in C block, the blue building directly on the left as you come into the college.

Payment for workshop:
•    Cheque (made out to The Australian Ceramics Association)
•    Direct deposit (Account: The Australian Ceramics Association; BSB 032298; 
•    Credit card (Visa, MasterCard) – phone / mail / fax

•    Payment is required to ensure a place in the workshop.
•    Payment is refunded in full if TACA cancels the workshop.
•    90% of your payment is refunded if you cancel up to 2 weeks before the workshop date.
•    PLEASE NOTE: There is no refund if you cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop, unless we can fill your place from a waiting list and then 90% of your payment is refunded.

For further information ad all bookings:
The Australian Ceramics Association

T: 1300 720 124   F: 02 9369 3742