Cleveland, Ohio – Angelica Pozo’s Studio – Earthen Angel Ceramics
For complete schedule : http://www.angelicapozo.com/pages/about_me/wrkshops.html
May 19 & 20, 2012
Tile! What a Relief!
Relief tiles – a delight to the sight and a pleasure to the touch… It’s exciting to venture from the flat tile plane towards the third dimension. But one of the biggest challenges for those beginning to do relief sculpting is to avoid the tendency to add excessive clay as one attempts to create a greater illusion of depth. In this workshop I will show you how to avoid that pitfall. Relief texture can be especially enhanced when finished with an appropriate glazing solution. I’ll discuss that as well as I show test tiles, offer suggested glazes, including list of commercial glazes and formulas that work with the terracotta tile clay we will be using. I’ll start you off with individual tiles and have you finishing up with a 4 tile panel to get a taste of working on a larger project.
June 2, 3 9 & 10, 2012
EXTERIOR TILE: Mosaic Garden Project
Make something you can beautify your garden with this summer! In this workshop you get to work on your choice of project(s)– It can be mosaic stepping stones, a birdbath and/or a wall piece for an exterior installation.
You’ll learn the basics involved with creating and installing ceramic tile work for exterior situations in northern climates while you make something you can use in your garden this summer. First weekend will be spent forming, decorating and cutting the tiles. I’ll then dry and fire your tile piece. Second weekend would be dedicated to installing on Saturday, and grouting on Sunday.
June 23 & 23, 2012
Creative Tile Making
One of the aspects I’ve always enjoyed about tile is the diversity of decorating and forming techniques available and the facility with which one can combine them all in one piece. Utilizing different approaches in one panel gives you the opportunity to frame, to provide contrast, give dramatic focus or to just plain ol’ make the piece more interesting.
In this workshop, I will guide you in doing just that. Participants will create tile panel and mosaic pieces that combine a variety of tile decorating techniques. Working with a terracotta tile clay, I’ll start you off with my secrets for flat tile perfection. Then I’ll demonstrate a selection of wetware decorating techniques. Students will have the opportunity to practice these methods on small individual tiles, but will be lead to apply them right away on a larger panel. Starting with a small central image or panel, I’ll encourage you to build the piece out, concentric row by row of tiles until the panel feels complete. In this exercise students will also be gaining an understanding of how to gauge and plan for shrinkage and grout lines as they figure the sizes of the tiles that will frame their central panel.
The workshop will culminate with a discussion and demonstration of proper tile installation practices.
August 3 – 6, 2012
EXTERIOR TILE: Bench Project
This workshop will cover all the necessary stages to creating and installing a ceramic mosaic tile overlay for a concrete garden bench, starting with the design/planning stages, through the tile making and decorating stage and finally the installation and grouting, with emphasis on the specific requirements needed for an exterior handmade tile project. Instruction will include special tips for the arts educator who would like to complete such a project collaboratively with their students, however information will be useful for all who would like to learn how to create and install exterior tile pieces.
All students will get hands on experience as they work together on two of my benches. We’ll work concurrently on the two benches. Each day of workshop, we’ll complete a stage of wet work on one bench as well as a step of the installation process on the second bench. This is to help condense the time so that participants may see and experience all the steps involved in a tiled bench project within the 3 days of the workshop. Meanwhile each workshop attendee will design and create their own 12 x 12 mosaic panel, which they get to take with them or leave for me to fire and ship. At home the panel can be installed onto a concrete stepping stone, so that you can review all the installation steps for yourself before tackling a larger project.
Also part of the experience will be a slide presentation of Angelica Pozo’s tile studio work, numerous public art and school collaborative art projects to send you off with plenty of ideas and inspiration for what you could do in your studio or classroom projects.
October 6, 2012
Wetware Decorating Extravaganza!!!!
Sidle up to a rich smorgasbord of wetware decorating techniques. Low fire terra cotta tile will serve as the canvas for carving, impressing, stamping, combing, chattering, sgrafitto, slip trailing, masking and inlaid slip techniques. Students, working on both individual tiles as well as larger tile panel pieces, will be encouraged to practise the specific processes, as well as to experiment by altering and combining multiple techniques for interesting effects.
With the limited palette of white and black slip and the lights and darks created by our manipulation of the tile surface, we’ll be able to concentrate on texture, pattern and how to utilize it to enhance imagery. Drawing transfer techniques will also be covered so come prepared with your own drawings and sources of visual inspiration, if you like, though some will be available to arouse your creative juices.