Thin Slab, Coil and Round-Based Sculptural Vessels with Leah Bowring
Skill Level: Intermediate
Eight Tuesdays: November 10 through January 19th, 1—3pm
Note: Class will skip November 24, December 22 and December 29
WHERE: Online via Zoom. Participants will receive an email invitation with Zoom directions prior to each class.
Join Leah Bowring in learning how to construct mid-size sculptural vessels with a delicate, minimal aesthetic. The focus of this intermediate level class will be understanding how to use thin slabs and coils to build upon a rounded slab base or “belly bottom”. Students will learn a construction method that starts with creating an unfired clay mold. A slab is then draped into the mold, with the mold acting as a support system for building up from the draped slab. When work is leather-hard and completed, it is lifted out of the base and refined. Learning this mold-making construction method will allow you to form pieces with a base-shape of choice – you are not restricted to round and symmetrical. Students will make multiple pieces with slabs as well as combining slabs and coils. Discussion of terra sigillata and cold finishes will be addressed as surface solutions.
Leah Bowring received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a student of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She recently received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California and makes her work in Berkeley. She currently is teaching ceramics at City College of San Francisco, Laney College in Oakland, CA, as well as in Berkeley at The Potters’ Studio. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Potters’ Studio.