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missa spring workshops

updated wed 7 feb 01


Betty Burroughs on mon 5 feb 01

Metchosin Int'l. Summer School of the Arts, in Victoria, BC, is =
presenting 3 ceramic workshops this Spring, prior to the July Summer =
Program (check our website:

1. April 21-22, 2001.....STEPHEN HILL from Kansas City, Missouri
"The Aesthetics of Stoneware Forms & Single Firing"
Cost: $110. Can. (Friends of MISSA $100) includes GST, Lunches
and coffee breaks.

2. May 28-June 1, 2001....LES MANNING: Discourse on Ceramic Form
Cost: $325. Can. Please call the MISSA office to inquire about =
accommodation rates during this workshop.
This will be a program designed for the ceramic artist, able in =
technical skills, wishing to examine form from a personal perspective. =
Creating the groundwork
for advancing one's own ideas towards a personal signature with =
individual content and difference, this exercise would begin with the =
evaluation of each artist's work complimented with discussion of =
existing concepts of ceramic art, design and influences. Each =
participating artist will pursue their individual goals in a technique =
of their choice, working through a series of assignments that build on =
the previous results. Exploring ideas in this step-by-step process =
constructs an original foundation of form that the artist has evident =
ownership of the concluding results.
Les Manning, former Director of Ceramics at the Banff Centre of the =
Arts, presently works out of a private studio in Elginburg, Ontario. A =
ceramic artist for more than 30 years, his wheel-thrown and altered =
forms capture the abstract qualities of this sculptural environment. =
These works have been seen in recent international exhibitions.=20

3. May 28-June 1, 2001...GORDON HUTCHENS: Soda Kiln Building
Cost: $325. Can. Please call the MISSA office to inquire about =
accommodation rates during this workshop.
Salt or Soda firings originated in Medieval Europe. Surfaces formed =
orange-peel in texture with colours from the natural clay or coloured =
clay slips.=20
Students will have a hands-on experience building a soda kiln. Design =
considerations along with problem-solving and firing techniques will be =
discussed. Students will fire the finished kiln.
Gordon Hutchens received an honours degree in Fine Arts from the =
University of Illinois. He has had over 24 one-man shows and over 70 =
group exhibitions across Canada and the US with 3 major exhibitions in =
Japan. Gordon's work is well known for the depth and diversity of his =
glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms. He is featured in a =
number of videos including, "Salt-Soda Firing", "Variations on Raku" and =
"Beginning Raku".

These 3 workshops take place at Lester B. Pearson College of the =
650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria, BC, Canada.
To register, send cheque or money order payable to MISSA. VISA and =
Mastercard accepted. Send to: Meira Mathison, Director, MISSA,
650 Pearson College Drive,
Victoria, BC V8Z 5P2 =
Or you may phone: (250)391-2420 or fax: (250)391-2412
or e-mail: