JEFF SHAPIRO

Courses
Date: Friday, 01 November 2019 10:00 - 17:00

 JEFF SHAPIRO, the Bronx NY, USA 1949

Jeff Shapiro left the USA  for Japan where he spent 9 years studying at various potteries. Studied at the kiln site of Takatori Seizan, a well respected maker of tea ware in Kyushu. He was inspired by a meeting with Isezaki Jun in Bizen who became his mentor. After that he was sponsored to build a house, studio, and kiln on the Japan Sea Coast.

He gained much experience of history, process and technique making him more aware of, ‘beauty in nature’, an aesthetic. This was very different to western way of seeing.

Since returning to the USA in 1981 he has been a pioneer in wood fire pottery. This journey continued, experimenting with organic clay bodies, wood fired kiln design, firing cycles as well as developing his own language through ceramic form.

The respect and love for Japanese aesthetic has remained pivotal throughout Jeff’s career with much focus given to beauty in imperfection and Japanese Tea Ceremony philosophy not only with the development of his sculptural work but his love of the tea bowl. His work is respected and celebrated Internationally, featuring in many galleries and collections. His next solo exhibition will be held in May at the Kakiden Gallery in Shinjuku, Japan.

With over forty years of experience Jeff’s passion, commitment and knowledge is something he enjoys sharing through demonstrations and story telling.

 

https://www.jeffshapiroceramics.com

 

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Tea bowls; a Creative Approach

 

What is and what is not acceptable for a tea bowl?  

Why is the foot so important?

What gives each tea bowl a distinctive character? 

 

character eng

 

 

There will be a discussion about Shapiro’s work and an approach to creating, encouraging participants to try the various techniques that he has developed. There will be time for individual critique or discussion for those who are interested.

We will also foot wedge a clay body for the workshop.

 

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The workshop will  concentrate on different styles and techniques of making tea bowls considering both functional and aesthetic conditions.  

We will concentrate on soft, spontaneous coiling, and hump mold processes: one with clay paddled on to the form, and the most recent of Shapiro’s techniques that is inspired by bird’s nests using a double wall process and recycle clay, also over a hump mold.

 

nature inspiration eng

 

Shapiro has become somewhat of a story teller over the years and will share his stories from living and working in Japan, finishing with a casual tea ceremony.

 

PROGRAM

Friday 1st Nov

10:00-13.30 Presentation of the artist and the Workshop, mold making and foot wedging
13:30-14:30 Lunch time
14:30-15:30 Digital presentation
15:30-17.30 Demonstrations of 3 tea bowl techniques. Participants begin working

Saturday 2nd Nov

10:00-13.30 Continue demonstrations and participants make work guidance customized to the level of the participants
13:30-15:00 Lunch time
15:00-18:00 Continue working

Sunday 3rd Nov  

10:00-13.30 Continue working
12.00-12.30 Light lunch offered by the studio
12.30-15: 00 Finishing works, final discussion, tea ceremony & giving certificates 

 

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Price
390€
Duration
1-2-3 NOVEMBER
Teacher
JEFF SHAPIRO

 

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Event: From Friday, 01 November 2019 10:00 to Sunday, 03 November 2019 17:00
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 

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