Participatory Workshop

Hand built origami style ceramics, from 'Concept to Form'

10.30am - 4.30pm Sunday June 23rd

Malvern Artists’ Society Gallery Studio

1297 High Street Malvern

Cost $170

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

For this workshop participants will bring along idea (sketches, images, photos) of subjects that they would like to represent in clay - 'origami style'. Tim will discuss steps involved in analyzing the form of their subject - deconstructing and reducing it to essential angles and planes, whilst maintaining its distinctive character. He will address balance, space and arrangement. Once the sketch of the deconstructed subject has been completed, participants will use it to construct a three dimensional mock-up of its form in card. Card templates will be made and used for the construction of the subject in clay. Tim will demonstrate techniques for making slabs (including the technique of 'throwing' slabs) and share useful tips. He will demonstrate cutting out individual shapes from slabs using card templates, and how to join slabs to each other. This will include the teaching of reliable techniques for joining slabs together and how to balance forms during construction. He will demonstrate techniques for tapering edges to achieve refined angles throughout the form. Tim will assist participants in constructing their unique 'origami style' form. Tim will conclude with a talk about recommendations for surface finish and firing.


Tim Clarkson graduated with a Doctor of Fine Arts from RMIT University in 2010 and works from his studio at Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest Artist Colony. His works are represented in the collections of Bendigo Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery and Manningham Art Gallery. Significant collections of his works have been commissioned for leading hotels, such as Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne, Marriott Hotel Sydney and the Mandarin Oriental, China.