Demystifying Form: Clay Play and the Teapot
June 26 - 27
Fong Choo is an internationally recognized artist and workshop presenter. His most recent workshop was hosted by the Gaya Ceramic Center in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. He was also a presenter in London at the Fusion Clay Conference. This summer Fong has once again been invited to teach at Gaya Ceramics in Bali. He is currently working on a number of patron-commissioned pieces and is especially renowned for his skills making teapots. His work has received numerous awards at The Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The American Craft Exposition. He is an adjunct faculty member at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and remains committed to a life as a practicing studio potter.
The teapot is arguably one of the most challenging and intriguing forms in clay. Fong will demonstrate the hand building and wheel thrown work required to explore the teapot form, with an empha- sis on “play,” along with ways to use cane and reed in handle assemblages and how the many facets of the teapot can be aggregated into an aesthetically pleasing whole. There will also be demonstrations with simple homemade tools to use on the teapots, along with unique gadgets and ‘doo dads’ designed for use in your studio.
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