Creative Moldmaking with Simon Zsolt József September 17-21 International Ceramic Studio, Hungary
CREATIVE MOULDING TECHNIQUES
International Ceramic Studio, Hungary
The purpose of the workshop is to understand and utilize the opportunities for shaping forms inherent in molding errors. We will learn how to prepare a multi-part plaster molding form, which allows us to shape the internal and external forms of the final object.
- The workshop begins with a screening of projections, the first part of which consists of the presentation of Zsolt József Simon's works, allowing us to observe and understand this special molding procedure.
- The second half of the screening will demonstrate the creation of a specific item from the beginning to the final stages.
- Participants begin working on their individual plans or based on one of Zsolt's items, through individual consultation, before everyone starts creating their own plaster form.
- All participants will create a different form, allowing us to learn from each other's work.
- We will go through the entire process from mixing the plaster, sawing, sanding and assembling the plaster form all the way to the porcelain casting.
- Participants must bring the following tools required for the casting and forming the plaster: download here
The workshop language will be Hungarian and English.
MATERIALS AND PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE
Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs.
- Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
- Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 200.000 Hungarian Forints (HUF). ($741 US)
Fees for the masterclass include
- Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
- The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
- Teaching fee.
- 24 hour access to your studio.
A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.
It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.
Participants will have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline. If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.
Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.
We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF ($88.92 US) for the course.
Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipment - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.
All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.
Simon Zsolt József is an extraordinary Hungarian ceramicist who teaches workshops on his own technique of creating a mold first and casting second. Working in this intuitive and creative way leads to thrilling and unexpected results. Zsolt is also the artist behind the incredible piece on the cover of CAST, for which we are eternally grateful. This workshop would be worth traveling for, in our humble opinion!