WS1 – Jeff Oestreich
All About Tea
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
In this three-day workshop participants will explore the nuance and history of tea; specifically focusing on teapots, Yunomi, tea cups and caddies. We will examine the collaborative relationship between surface, form and purpose. Participants can expect vital discussions on how ideas in pottery and expressed purpose of an object can engage and inspire both surface and form. When asked to discuss the teapot, Jeff shared these thoughts:
I think of the teapot as the soufflé of pottery shapes. It requires a knowledge of materials, technique, patience and trust. The kiln is opened, the teapot takes a bow and demands attention, or lowers it’s head on the way to the dumpster. Why when teabags have been in use since 1904 do we keep coming back to this form? It challenges all our senses and as with the soufflé it is comprised of basic ingredients all dressed up, intended for an occasion, and wanting an applause. After 45 years of everything that can go wrong with a teapot from stuck lids to spouts that don’t pour, I keep returning to this idea as there is no other form that can humble and excite at the same time.
This workshop will include a balance of demonstration, discussion and hands-on studio practice. Basic clay experience is required.
WS01 – Saturday - Monday, 10-4pm, January 19 – 21, 2013
Fee: $300 members; $325 non-members
Contact Matthew Hyleck at email@example.com for more information.