Throwing Marathon – with two young and enthusiastic instructors!
There have been many sucessful editions of this classical course and it is still in great demand. The workshop consists of a five intensive days on the wheel with tons of clay available.
Starting with a revison of the basics, the Throwing Marathon continues with demonstrations on the wheel of different forms, including bowls, cups, plates, vases, teapots, pitchers. Then, techniques for completing some of the work like trimming, pulling handles, addition of feet, will be shown. On the wheel we’ll be pulling and pushing, altering forms, cutting and adding clay. Round pots, oval pots, square pots, handles, spouts, lids, wings and horns!
Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. Throughout the well structured programme, each session will provide new inputs and stimulus. Students will have plenty of time to practise all techniques shown. The Throwing Marathon does not include any firing but focusses totally on the making. It opens up a perspective of worryfree training and experimenting and is a great opportunity for real progress. Video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown will be available to all students.
A delicious mid day meal is included on all working days.
Lena Butschek makes stoneware and porcelain tableware in her studio in Zirl, Austria. Upon finishing a language teaching degree, she changed course and started training in diverse ceramic disciplines with potters in Italy, Japan, Scotland and Spain. Lena went on to complete a two-year degree in conceptual ceramics at Ortweinschule in Graz. In 2019, she relocated to Devon, UK for an apprenticeship. Back in Austria, she opened her own studio and now spends her time both teaching and making. She is interested in quiet pots and creates the kind of tableware that inspires daily use and celebrates cooking as well as presenting good food. www.lenabutschek.com
Peter Montgomery is a potter from Belfast who makes functional porcelain tableware. His interest lies in ergonomic forms that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use. He studied ceramics at the Ulster University and is a graduate of the Pottery Skills Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He has worked in several pottery workshops in Australia, Denmark and England. In 2020, Peter relocated to Austria, where he established a ceramic workshop and teaching facility with Lena Butschek. montgomeryporcelain.com