Early Fee

A Handful of Clay

$375.00 $340.00

16 – 17 May 2020, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm.
Merran Esson

Learn the ancient art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of coil, slab and modelling with clay. Full details of course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

Early fee ends 1 May 2020

8 Available

Full Details

Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2020
Start Date: 16 May 2019
End Date: 17 May 2019
Time: Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-4.30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Merran Esson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $375.00
Early Fee:
Early Concession Fee: $355.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Learn the ancient art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of coil, slab and modelling with clay. Merran Esson’s energetic approach creates a stimulating environment in which you can experience the pleasure of handling clay, apply impressions on ceramic surfaces, and treat the surface with coloured slips and engobes. Gain confidence in the ability of your hands to explore form, scale and proportion to create unique works. This course is suitable both for beginners and for those wishing to refresh their hand-building skills. Selected works will be fired and collected at a later date.

Teacher Profile

Working in clay for over 30 years, Merran Esson expresses in her work the contrast between the extremes of country and city life. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes, including a Highly Commended in the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. She has held numerous residencies, including the National Art School Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2006, and Fowler’s Gap (north of Broken Hill) in 2011. She has been a visiting artist in China, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan and Pakistan. Merran has exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Galleries of South Australia and Western Australia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Galerie Rosenhauer in Germany, Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong, and at numerous galleries in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Pakistan and Australia. Until recently she was Head of Ceramics at the National Art School and her works were shown in Sculpture by the Sea, 2016. Merran is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney and Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong.

Materials List

Material relating to the event, anniversary or person you would to commemorate
Protective clothing (such as old shirt or apron) and covered footwear
Any handbuilding tools that you may already have. You can purchase a kit at the art store on campus for approx. $15-$20
All clay and other materials are provided.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.


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