Drawn to Clay: From Structure to Surface


18 May to 19 May, 9.30am to 4pm
Merran Esson

Learn the art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of slab constructions with clay and experience the pleasure of handling clay.

5 Available

Full Details

Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2019
Start Date: 18 May 2019
End Date: 19 May 2019
Time: Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-4.30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Merran Esson

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $325.00
Early Concession Fee: $305.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Learn the art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of slab constructions with clay. Merran Esson’s energetic approach creates a stimulating environment in which to experience the pleasure of handling clay and treating the surface with mark-making using 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.

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