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Summer School

Workshop: Green Stories of Wild Places with Bev Hogg


Wednesday 8 January 2020


5 consecutive days




Workshop 1


Max 8 students



Handbuilding sculptures with renowned ceramic artist Bev Hogg

Dates and duration

Wednesday 8 January to Sunday 12 January 2020.

Suitable for

  • intermediate to advanced students
  • anyone with enough experience and courage to challenge themselves and take a risk.

The Workshop includes

This course combines imagination, skill and play, but DARES you to make a figurative sculpture that you have only dreamed of.
You will investigate how to capture and communicate ideas visually, aided each day by practical demonstrations and exercises to generate both ideas and skills. There will also be plenty of time to work on your own creations.

What you will learn

In this workshop Bev will show you how to integrate numerous construction techniques to achieve the results you are after while resolving issues such as balance, scale, expression, character and surface.. These include:
  • pinch,
  • slab,
  • ribbons,
  • coils,
  • modelling,
  • embossing, and
  • carving.
It is not just about form. Together we will experiment to develop surfaces using coloured slips, oxides and underglazes. These will form a palette of ideas to inspire your larger works. They will be a valuable resource to take home for future work. These test pieces will be done early in the workshop and fired to form your own library of surface options.
Please bring ideas, texture-making found objects and a sense of humour.
Those who have a project in mind will be encouraged to pursue it.

Participants please bring

  • 3 ideas
  • 3 aphorisms
  • drawings, visual diary
  • texture making found objects
  • clay tools for hand building
  • banding wheel (if you have one)
  • paddle if you have one
  • large strong board to build your sculpture on – eg. approx. 500 x 500 cm any shape
  • paint brushes – soft bristle a variety of sizes small, fine to broad, flat and/or fat e.g. 30mm wide
  • any underglazes you want to use and test
  • apron
  • towel
  • sense of humour.

About the convenor

Bev Hogg was born in rural West Australia and grew up on a farm with space to breathe and space for creativity.  She currently lives and works in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia.
Bev received a BA in Visual Arts from Australian National University, School of Art in 1989. She has exhibited sculptural ceramics and mixed media in Europe, Canada & America and widely across Australia. Her commitment to teaching and arts education has led to the completion of many public art and community art projects within the region.
Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections including The Parliament House, Artbank, Goulburn Regional Gallery and Canberra Museum and Gallery and the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Awards include residencies in the Australia Council studio in Barcelona, Spain; The Tree Museum, Ontario, Canada;Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, USA and a Creative Arts Fellowship in2006 from Arts ACT. She has won the Canberra Circle Visual Arts Award twice,The National Ceramic Award and the Doug Alexander Memorial Award.

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