Hello Evelyne and thanks for the kind welcome!
Ultimately what I'm hoping for is to get closer to clay. I really miss working with this material and know that I want to develop a deeper understanding of it, both technically and culturally. I would like to learn more about process and approach. I am also extremely concerned with the social context of ceramics and the beauty of its function.
Most of my experience is in hand building, but I do have some experience throwing as well. I have some experience mixing clay, glazes, and electric and gas firings. I have also experimented with open pit firing.
I have been thinking of going to graduate school, but I am interested in different approaches to study through apprenticeship, assistantship, etc... Some sort of work or volunteering in a studio would be preferred, but I'm not sure what sort of opportunities are out there for this sort of thing.
Currently I am staying in the south of France. I am learning French, but English is my native language. I am very open to staying in different regions of Europe, but Germany, Switzerland, France, and Spain are some places I would be more interested in. I am also open to different periods of time, but something that was more long term(more than a few months) would be preferred.
I am interested in any suggestions or ideas you might have, and appreciate your response!