Ceramics Workshop with Ricardo Lopes
Location: LAC – Creative Activities Laboratory
Date: October 14th and 15th
Time: 12 hours (from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
Registration: €125 per person (material included and pottery wheel)
Max. Registration: 6 people
The presentation and demonstration of techniques will follow a chronological sequence, in order to progressively increase complexity and encourage challenge. It is intended that participants have direct and intensive contact with clay and shaping techniques.
In the first part, the oldest techniques will be covered through the simple shaping of small containers using the ball and thumb technique and the roller technique. In the second part, we will cover the basic steps of working on the wheel to explore the simplest possibilities of the process. Once the basic principle of each technique has been grasped, the execution of the pieces will be free and simply integrated into a set of considerations about the countless possibilities of (dis)articulation between function and aesthetics.
Among techniques, a historical framework is created in order to contextualize the theme, examples are observed and discussed and curiosities are heard about the History of Humanity and clay, the geological origin of materials, the game between the 4 elements present and cooking and the inherent phenomena.
Ricardo Lopes, pottery ceramist, develops his work in the area of Contemporary Ceramics using traditional shaping and decoration techniques, with particular emphasis on the potter’s wheel and the composition of glazes. He completed the Creative Ceramics Course at CENCAL in 2004, having previously completed internships in Poland, Cape Verde and with the sculptor Jorge Mealha, in Lagos. He has participated in several workshops on special effects glazes and traditional techniques and has been a resident artist in France, Japan, China and more recently, India. He was part of several individual and group exhibitions, in Portugal and abroad. As a Ceramics teacher, he participated in several educational projects, in the form of courses and workshops, in museums, schools, workshops, social centers and other public and private institutions.
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