Demonstrations & Discussions with all three Artists

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED 10.30am - 5pm Sunday 24 November 2019

Malvern Artists’ Society Gallery Studios

1297 High Street Malvern, Victoria

Cost $140

Morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO own lunch

for bookings email skepsi@skepsi.com.au or phone Anna 0416 085 002

See below for details about the workshop and more about each artist.


Workshop Description

Amy will demonstrate steps involved in her process of creating finely layered sculptural works. She will discuss the development of her unique ceramic-glass hybrid materials and how her experimental and inquisitive approach to ceramic materials has directed the evolution of her work over the past 13 years. She will demonstrate her process from start to finish. This will include how blends are mixed and prepared using raw materials, how robust clay support structures are constructed (some in multiple sections) to hold work during the making and firing process, how she plans each work using cardboard templates, how layers are rolled and the tools she uses to achieve supreme fineness. She will discuss colour and texture in her work, her firing and post-firing techniques, and her recent experiences making larger scale works and the challenges this brings. She will also touch on her most recent artist residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan and how this is influencing her practice. Amy aims for this workshop to reveal more about her work and the processes underpinning it, in addition to inspiring and encouraging participants to search for the extremes in their own work, to consistently develop their work step by step, to achieve unique outcomes.


Amy Kennedy is a mid-career Ceramic Artist based in Melbourne. Her work is guided by a deep interest in the aesthetics of materiality, process and transformation. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours from RMIT University in 2006. Shortly after, she was awarded an artist residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre The Netherlands. Since then Amy has been selected for important residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado (2012) and Baer Art Center Iceland (2016) and The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Japan (2019). In 2015 Amy was awarded first prize in the Toorak Village Sculpture Award and in 2013 was granted a New Work Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts. Her work is in the collections of The Art Gallery of South Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery and The European Ceramic Work Centre.

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Workshop Description

Kevin will share his passion for the ceramic beauty of glazes and slips during this workshop. These areas of ceramic engagement have preoccupied his interests for his entire artistic journey, which expands to over 40 years. With extensive teaching experience alongside his ceramic practice, Kevin has always had a strong desire to help others find their personal pathways through their work by sharing knowledge.

The nature of glaze and its relationship to clay bodies and metal oxide slips, and firing will be the focus at the workshop. This will comprise fired examples that will provide inspiration for discussion, as well as demonstration of techniques and processes for glaze testing and slip application. Kevin will be discussing and demonstrating an approach he has devised called 'Glaze Variations'. This enables a relatively easy method to look at the three essential areas of making a workable glaze. (1) High Silica, for shiny glazes, (2) High Flux for fluxing effects on colour and glaze surface, and (3) High Alumina, to matt and stabilize a glaze. Kevin will discuss his approach to using multiple slips and glazes on the one form, layering them, with consideration of colour and texture transitions.


Kevin Boyd‘s ceramic practice is based in Surrey Hills, Melbourne, where he has developed a well-equipped, spacious urban studio. His work has evolved steadily through an impassioned and sustained interest in the nature of ceramics - the process of transforming clay into ceramic and the seemingly unlimited possibilities this amazing science can offer the artist in each of us.

A teaching career began directly after the completion of the much-valued ceramic training at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education in the 1970s. Both TAFE and Secondary School teaching continued for just over 40 years and now retired, Kevin enjoys more time and focus on his personal work, whilst maintaining contact with part-time teaching at Meractor Ceramic School and Camberwell Grammar School.

Workshops and demonstration of his practice have been consistently offered over these years, taking Kevin to all States and Territories in Australia and overseas. His work is widely collected with many state and regional galleries holding his work.


Workshop Description

Informed by his experience as a practicing architect and musician, Colin will demonstrate several of the unique techniques used to create his sculptural vessels, all of which are created from a variety of interlayered clay ‘straps’. He will outline the Korean and Japanese influenced hand building and wheel throwing techniques he employs to stretch an amalgamation of terracotta, stoneware and porcelain clays into the extremely thin, elongated components for construction. He will explain how he has developed a ‘virtual’ clay body that is lost during firing and how this contributes to the rich eroded textures that are a feature of his work. He will discuss the methods by which he uses fluxes to introduce subtle colour and texture into his clay bodies without the need for glazing and explain the ‘strike firing’ process that also has a dramatic influence over the colour of fired clay bodies. The use of custom wheel thrown, bisqued forms as construction frameworks will be also be demonstrated. Based on much deliberation, contemplation and planning away from the studio, Colin’s approach to making, by contrast, is quick, spontaneous and physical. He will encourage participants to experience making in the same way one might experience an improvised musical performance or simple shared conversation, where little or no editing is possible, and the process remains immediate, loose and fresh. 


Colin Hopkins is a Melbourne based ceramic artist. His work contains fragments from his past as practicing architect and performing jazz pianist and he continues to find parallels between the three disciplines. Colin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1984, Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Planning and Design from The University of Melbourne in 1991 and Diploma of Arts (Ceramics) form Box Hill Institute of TAFE in 2008. He has been awarded the Nell Norris and The Stevenson and Turner Architecture prizes from the University of Melbourne and was the recipient of The Australia Council’s Artstart Grant in 2010. He has studied under Australian ceramicists Shane Kent, Phil Elson and Malcolm Greenwood and travels regularly to Japan.