As Coombe’s ceramics courses continue to flourish we are delighted to announce Tim Andrews as a new tutor for 2015. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku ceramics. He makes individual work-black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. The pieces are usually thrown, although some work is hand-built.
During this exciting course, for the first two days we will concentrate on clay work, making finishing, burnishing using porcelain slip and terra sigillata. The second half of the ceramics course will concentrate on glazing, decorating and firing techniques with particular emphasis on using the resist slip method (often known as naked raku). Some of the processes we will be using are relatively slow: applying and burnishing slips for example – and especially the ‘naked raku’ which requires more glazing time. Obviously therefore it is difficult in the time available to raku all the pieces made on the course. To avoid the focus of the course being rushing to get work dry and through the kilns, Tim will bring a selection of bisque pieces for you to experiment on. Anyone attending the course is also encouraged to bring their own bisque-fired pieces. If possible, please bring a selection with you to glaze and fire.
We will raku as many pieces as we can in the time available, with the aim of everyone completing the week with at least a few completed pots each!
Tim Andrews’ works have been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad, including: Japan, China, India, USA. The Netherlands. France. Italy Germany. Belgium and Sweden. Works are in many public and private collections including: Stoke on Trent and Liverpool Museums. Ashmolean Museum. St John’s College, Oxford. Donna Karan, New York. Lord Chancellor Lord Irving. Imerys. The Royal Bank of Scotland (2006). Abromavich Collection. Coutts Bank. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He is the recipient of several awards and has been featured in many books and publications on ceramics, he is the author of two books on ‘Raku’, the second published in 2005 by A&C Black. Tim also writes occasional reviews and articles for Ceramic Art and Perception and Ceramic Review and regularly curates exhibitions. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association (CPA), a Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Honorary President of the West Country Potters Association.
Having recently spent several weeks in Japan, exhibiting work and absorbing the culture, – and of course, sampling wonderful food, Tim has returned to his studio full of new inspirations to share with you.
MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS COURSE
Please bring these items with you, borrow some during the course, or purchase at our online shop by clicking the links below & purchased items will be at Coombe for you when you arrive for your course.
A small sketchbook. pencils, any small lightweight pottery tools that you like to work with (if you have them), an apron and any small scale bisque work that you’d like to fire during the course (if you have it).