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2021 Winter School. Clay and the environment with Julie Bartholomew

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10am to 4pm


June 30 to July 4


Julie Bartholomew


Workshop One

Spend five days with Ceramic Artist, Julie Bartholomew this June/July. Immerse yourself in the tactility of clay by exploring the relationship between humankind and the natural world.

Clay and the Environment investigates three dynamic areas of practice:

  1. Experimenting with ‘burn-outs’ involving organic matter hand-dipped in porcelain slip then fired to force the material to ‘burn out’. The remaining clay is a shell-like remnant of the original form, a metaphor for loss and human’s impact on the environment.
  2. Creating intricate 3D floral assemblages inspired by real and imagined flora.
  3. Drawing linear images from nature using the sgraffito techniques with coloured slips/engobes/underglazes rendered onto tiles and 3D hand-built slab forms.

This course is for intermediate to advanced potters and includes clay, firing and consumable resources such as underglazes.

You will need to bring your usual collection of pottery tools including cutting wires, sponges and wooden carving tools.

Julie Bartholomew is an artist and educator in ceramics represented in collections in Australia and internationally. In Canberra she is represented by Beaver Galleries. Through her ceramics practice, Julie explores contemporary issues including consumer culture and currently environmentalism with a focus on climate change and its impact on the Antarctic.

Julie was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from UNSW Art & Design. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including four Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, the Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia-China Council Red Gate Residency in Beijing and the Asialink Taiwan Residency. Julie was the winner of the International Gold Coast Ceramics Award in 2006. Her work is held in significant public collections including the Shepparton Art Museum, Wollongong City Gallery, Manly Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

We are delighted to welcome her to Canberra Potters for our Winter School in 2021. Book soon to avoid disappointment!

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Intermediate to advanced potters