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Instructor: Eiko Maeda
Dates: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2024 (5 Days)
Registration Cost: $650 + GST
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 24, 2024
Lodging: $325 + GST (check in Sunday, July 21 after 3:00PM – check out Saturday, July 27th at 10:00AM)
In this 5-day workshop, Eiko Maeda will lead students into nerikomi handbuilding technique. Participants will first learn to create some basic patterns, as well as how to properly handle and color the clay. They will also learn several slab building techniques as they vary depending on the patterns. After learning how to make different patterns, participants will move on to building a shape out of a patterned sheet using plaster molds. We will start from shallow objects, and gradually move onto shapes with more depth. We will use simple plaster molds that we have available; however, participants are welcomed to bring their own plaster molds to try to shape their pieces in the last few days of the workshop. We will also go over bisque firing and finishing techniques. The goal at the end of the workshop is for participants to build on the techniques learned and design their own patterns. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to develop new and unique directions in their work.
Level of Experience Required: Intermediate to advanced
Techniques/ Methods Covered: Nerikomi technique using porcelain clay
Eiko Maeda Bio + Artist Statement
I acquired traditional urushi/lacquer technique at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, I have always wanted to continue in arts but it was much later in 2006 when I started learning ceramics. Ceramics training in the Visual Arts Center in Montreal helped me acquire and explore different techniques. After moving to Toronto in 2010, I have been working independently using many of the traditional methods and forms of Japanese ceramics to create contemporary design.
My work focuses on a technique called nerikomi, and I trained under Eiji Murofushi in Fuji, Japan. His work and involvement with public has been influential in broadening the field and increasing the number of nerikomi artists in Japan. After the passing of Eiji in 2019, I now have a mission of building on what I have learned from him to teach others and interpreting his work and passion in my own way to continue learning and developing this technique. I hope that the technique becomes more recognized in the field of contemporary ceramics, and that my small contribution helps to promote it. Through my work, I strive to express the elegance, delicacy and modesty of the Japanese culture.
Post Secondary Student Discount: 25% off workshop fee ONLY (2 students max with proof of current student ID)
How to Receive Student Discount:
- Purchase the workshop online and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of your current student ID and we can issue a refund for the difference.
- Students can email their current ID to email@example.com and we will send you a promo code to get the discount.