Ceramic Surfaces for the Visual Artist Workshop with George Bowes


Mon - Fri, Jun 20 to Jun 24, 10:00am - 4:00pm


Ceramics Studio - 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Workshop Description - Conceive | Achieve: Ceramic Surfaces for the Visual Artist with George Bowes

June 20 - 24, 2016, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm each day

Knowing a few simple rules of ceramic chemical formulations allows you to unleash the potential for ceramic surfaces that support and develop new work. This workshop will focus on ceramic surfaces for cone 5 oxidation; discoveries made will then easily translate into other temperatures and atmospheres with small, thoughtful adjustments. This five-day, hands-on workshop is open to all levels. Participants are encouraged to focus on surface ideas they have been striving to achieve to make this workshop more individually productive.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday 6/10/16:  If a certain type of glaze base is desired request due via email. georgebowes@earthlink.net

Monday 6/20/16:
Morning: Basic glaze chemistry discussed. Glaze bases assigned and flux replacements decided.
Afternoon: Glaze tests with alternative fluxes mixed and placed on test tiles. Colorants added to altered glaze and applied to testes. Kiln loaded.

When one group is mixing glazes another group will be discussing color reactions and how they are changed by the chemistry of the flux. How the colorant can effect the surface texture of a glaze will also be discussed.

Tuesday 6/21/16:
Morning: Kilns unloaded and results discussed. Decisions on what new glaze bases will be mixed to run further color tests.
Afternoon: While one group is mixing new glaze tests the other group will examine works in the exhibition: Chemical Addiction: Exemplary Ceramic Surfaces from the Rosenfield Collection.
Kilns loaded by end of day.

Wednesday 6/22/16:

Morning: Kilns unloaded and results discussed. Decisions made as to what further color experiments will be made or another glaze base may be chosen to do color experiments. Glazes can also be placed next to each other to see what type of chemical line reaction may occur. Overlapping of glazes experiments may also be completed.
Afternoon: While one group is mixing glazes the other group will discuss formulating glazes to mature at higher or lower temperatures.  Kilns loaded by end of day.

Thursday 6/23/16:
Morning: Kilns unloaded and discussed. Final glaze tests planned.
Afternoon: While one group mixes final tests the other group will start setting up for Friday's final display and sharing of glaze discoveries.

 Friday 6/24/16:

Morning: Kilns unloaded. Displayed of glaze tests completed.
Afternoon: Sharing of all glazes produced. This discussion will allow time to recoded glazes you think you may want to employ in your own work. After we finish with the sharing of glazes personal images or actual pieces from each participant will be discuss. The group will give feedback to each individual considering new options for the surfaces on their works discovered during the week. At this event participants are encouraged to give advise to other participants as to new directions their work can be taken with these new options.

This workshop is free to Harvard Undergraduate students. The fee for this five-day, hands-on workshop is $50 for Harvard Graduate students; $195 for those enrolled in a course, $225 for those not enrolled in a course. To register, email Shawn Panepinto at panepint@fas.harvard.edu. Questions? Email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

Artist Biography:

George Bowes was born in 1961 in Toledo, Ohio and lives in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA, 1984) and the University of California, Davis, (MFA 2001). He has received multiple Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and an Arts Midwest / NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award. His works reside in public and private collections that include the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art. George imbues both functional vessels and sculptural objects with bold pronouncements on the many ironies of humanity, society and politics. Occasionally biting, endlessly quick-witted, the sentiments always elicit lively reactions. His distinctive use of bold color and vivid pattern on vessels for home use speak of his ideas of beauty and vitality and live as a refreshing island in the landscape of functional art. To visit the artist's website, click here.