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20-2020 – Beth Lo – The Surface of Porcelain

20-2020 – Beth Lo – The Surface of Porcelain

May 10 – 16, 2020

Image, Language, Narrative and Decoration on Pottery
Hand building. Some clay experience recommended

This workshop will focus on exploration of surface imagery on cone 6 porcelain and the development of visual vocabulary, personal narrative and or symbolism in the student’s work.   

Students will develop imagery based on sketchbook work and discussion.  We will practice manipulation of imagery through composition, patterning  and narrative.  The class will feature demos, field trips, slide shows and one on one conversations. Handbuilding will include simple tile, plate and vessel forms using slab and coil (using templates to make identical form cup sets) with porcelain.

We will apply underglazes and stains to these forms, utilizing techniques including scraffito, inlay, carving, stencils, copper halo-ing, painting and drawing on clay.

Students will leave La Meridiana with techniques and ideas to carry with them into future work.  Each will choose a selection of their works to be fired continue and will be able to return home with both some glazed and bisque fired work.

Beth Lo was born in  Indiana, to parents who had recently emigrated from China. She received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1971, and then studied Ceramics with Rudy Autio at the University of Montana receiving her MFA in 1974. She assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics there when he retired in 1985, and has been twice honored with the University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2006 and 2010.

Her works is included in the collection of many museums and exhibited internationally. She has received numerous honours, fellowships and grants. Beth is also active as a bass player and vocalist for several musical ensembles. www.bethlo.com  

Artist Statement
My work in ceramics and mixed media collage revolves primarily around issues of family and my Asian-American background. Cultural marginality and blending, tradition vs. Westernization, language and translation are key elements in my work. I use the image of a child as a symbol of innocence, potential and vulnerability.

DATE: May 10 – 16, 2020

LEVEL: Hand building. Some clay experience recommended     



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The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 200 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days

Cancellation policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will the deposit fully refunded. No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, the deposit will be transferred to the new course.

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