06 – 12 April 2025
Wafer-thin and feather light porcelain
Handbuilding. Some experience required
Pattern and Transparency is an introduction to making wafer-thin bowls with flax reinforced porcelain on an inflated balloon, as well as discovering how to make a shrinking support on which the wafer-thin bowl can be hung in the kiln.
Tecniques used in Pattern and Transparency
You will start by getting to know the material and learning how to make very thin pieces. Guy Van Leemput will demonstrate many techniques for applying patterns with the opportunity to practice yourself. Each participant will start a bowl with one or more of the demonstrated techniques. We will also make the shrinking supports that will carry the piece in the kiln. After this first ‘maiden-bowl’ is finished you will be challenged to push your limits further. New ‘advanced’ techniques will be shown, for which we will use a mini clay press and colored porcelain.
In this workshop the emphasis is on personal guidance for each participant. The bowls made will be fired on the spot and can be taken home.
On every class day of Pattern and Transparency, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.
The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, please plan your travels so to not need to leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.
The Artist and instructor of Pattern and Transparency
Guy Van Leemput (1967, Herentals, Belgium) studied mathematics and ceramics. He has been invited several times for an artist-in-residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China. His work has been selected for competitions and group exhibitions in his own country and in other European countries, as well as in Japan, China and Australia. At the MINO International Ceramics Competition 2014, his work “Big Anas” won the Bronze Award, it is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan. Guy was chosen as one of the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists 2020. In 2021 he was ‘recommended’ by the Michelangelo Foundation as ‘Master Artisan’. In 2022 he is a key speaker at ‘The Ceramics Congress, Australia’. More info on www.guyvanleemput.be