By Ellen Spijkstra
In this workshop the basic material was clay. Participants learned different techniques how to hand built small, simple forms. Ellen explained different surface techniques like "terra sigilatta" and burnishing. Students built our own "primitive" kilns out of oil barrels and newspaper.
Raku is originally a Japanese firing technique, or, more than a technique, it is a philosophy. Contrary to the Western Greek ideal of beauty and perfection, the Japanese Zen aesthetic tradition is one of a beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. In this workshop you will hopefully learn to find the most simple objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful.
Exhibition 'Nothing lasts, Nothing is finished & Nothing is perfect'