Transform it. Mould Making with found objects in clay and plaster with Adele Stanley

Arrival and Registration is on Thursday May 31st  at 7pm

The course is 3 full days; Fri 1st/Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd June 2012

Mould making for ceramics opens up limitless possibilities for transforming everyday objects. For this course Adele Stanley will take you through simple techniques that will enable you to make unique ceramic sculptures. You will start the course with a general introduction to ceramics and a group discussion on the objects that you have brought. You will do some planning on paper before getting messy with clay and plaster!

You will work on simplifying or complicating your objects depending on what you have brought and the results you desire. Basic mould making techniques will be used and from these moulds you will press out clay objects which can be altered further and finished to firing standard.  As well as mould making techniques you will learn practical things about working with clay and how to produce pieces that can be fired successfully in a kiln.

As well as the technical aspects, the aim of the course is to encourage you to look at the objects that surround you in new ways, to get you thinking about taking these objects out of context and what this can lead to.

For practical reasons Adele will be firing your completed work after the course has been completed. Your unfired work will be displayed for viewing and discussion on the final day and it can be collected after firing or it can be posted to you at an extra cost. Adele will bring along a piece and fire it in the art hand kiln so that you can gain an understanding of the firing process.

The cost for this course is €295 which includes evening meals. Accommodation is not included but can be arranged at a nearby house. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Please read our Info page for full details of your stay and the structure of our courses.

We have put a selection of her art together HERE.

To see more of Adele’s artwork please have a look at her website HERE.

What to bring; Bring some objects that are of interest to you but nothing precious or valuable in case it gets damaged. All other materials and tools will be provided. Oh yeah, bring some old clothes to wear!

About Adele Stanley; Adele is a visual artist based in County Waterford where she is a member of Workhouse Studios. She completed her degree in ceramics at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2006 and a Masters in ceramics at the Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2010. Adele makes sculptural ceramics that investigate the nature of objects and the spaces they occupy. She mainly uses mould making and slip casting techniques, exploiting these methods to create series of interrelated ceramic objects.

Recent group exhibitions include Spontaneous Order at the Signal Arts Centre, Bray and Ceramics Ireland Member’s Exhibition at Zozimus Gallery, Dublin, where she received the Mill Cove Award, 2011. Adele received the Turner Award at the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Awards 2011 at the Mill Cove Gallery in Castletownbere. Adele has run various clay workshops for adults and children and has been selected for the Craft Council of Ireland’s Education Panel for 2012.