The Ships are Sailing

I just sent 4 of the ships up to Ottawa to have them professionally photographed. 4 more of the new and improved fleet are sitting in the wood kiln waiting for some wind to sail. Actually they are waiting until this heat wave is over. It is drier than a popcorn fart here.
I'm also thinking about setting sail to La Meridiana in Tuscany in October and wondered if anyone of you might be interested in joining me. This is going to be an intensive two weeks of making and discussing pots in a dream setting. I call it Club Mud. The week end itinerary includes visit a killer Tuscan pottery museum, a big pot maker, some food and wine tastings and of course shopping.
 I am also thrilled that my side kick from Hotlanta, Dr. Ric Agel is joining the group so you will also be privy to lots of discussion about good food and good health. I take my job as a teacher very seriously so I promise to over deliver.
Here is the outline:

42 Spinning the Wheels
Tony Clennell
October 18th – 31st 2015

Throwing. Beginners and advanced
This course is intended for those that want to make seeming ordinary pots into extraordinary pots. It is often said that “God is in the details” so the focus of the course will the search of your personal God. I would like to each day pick an item to make and assemble that day. We will have a no holds barred critique with our morning café latte to discuss the previous day’s work. If that vessel needs revisiting we will attempt it until it is extraordinary. We will keep only one of each series of pots to be fired in the gas kiln before courses end. The purpose of the course is for you to come home with ideas and skills not boxes of pots.
The items I would like to focus on are the serving dish, the covered container, the teapot, the platter and of course the pitcher/vase.
La Meridiana is the perfect setting for creativity to grow and flourish. I plan to plant the seed so that you can go home to your studios and make extraordinary pots for occasional use.
Cost: € 2100
The workshop fee includes the following:
- Tuition (class is 6 -8 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- Materials and firings
- Lodging in double room; single room, add 280 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days
- Field trips and gourmet tastings

Detailed programme

Description: a MeridianaTony Clennell is a second-generation potter that has worked as a self-employed functional potter since 1980. Tony received his MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University, a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University. In 2009, Tony became a member of the distinguished Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
Tony has his work in collections worldwide and has attended residencies internationally in Japan, China, England,Korea and Italy.
He has for the past decade been an Adjunct Professor in the Sheridan College Craft and Design program. In addition to studio practice and teaching he conducts workshops internationally and has over 55 published articles in various ceramic journals and recently published “Stuck in the Mud” a book of irreverent tales, BS and nonsense for the wonderful clay community


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