Wild Clay – A Pottery Workshop
Instructor : Bijal Balsara, Yellow Spider Studio (Bombay)
The workshop aims to introduce one to age old techniques of pottery and give a basic understanding to the medium of clay. Because of it’s malleability, clay allows one to explore various creative and functional sides to it.
As permaculture practitioners, this workshop also aims to approach the possibilities of wild clay and derive designs such that they emulate the patterns already present in nature. By being involved in primitive processes of pot making, we hope to rekindle the relationship with land and indigenous art practices.
Spanning over the course of 3 days, we will be learning the basics of working and handling clay, pinching, coiling, slab. Using the natural resources available at our disposal, we will learn surface decoration and texturing techniques. A demonstration will also be given on the potter’s wheel. And by the end of these 3 creative days, a pit firing will be scheduled turning raw clay to pottery.
The final piece at the end of the workshop will be according to the participant’s creative expression. We hope that the resulting pottery is interwoven with influences from the landscape and appeals to a raw aesthetic in context to the environment. Guidance and tools will be provided for the same.
Schedule for Reference:
- Day 1
- Introduction to the medium
(Keep one piece for surface decoration, day 2)
- Day 2
- Surface decoration
(Sketch out plans for the final piece, day 3)
- Day 3
- Demonstration on the wheel
- Final piece
- Day 4
- Pit Firing (once the pieces dry completely)
INR 3500/- per person (inclusive of workshop, tent accommodation, beverages and meals)