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Hello, my name is Dennison and I am a recent BFA graduate from Eastern Michigan University. My studies were concentrated in sculpture, but I was primarily producing ceramics for use in social engagement and for making objects to use in short films.

 

Currently I am traveling around Europe and working as a volunteer on different projects and farms, but I am extremely interested in pursuing a practice with ceramics.

 

I am looking for some sort of opportunity such as an apprenticeship, assistantship, internship, or other studio/workshop help. I am not necessarily looking for a paid position, something volunteer related would be vauleable to me as well. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

 

Thanks for the help!

 

Dennison

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Hello Dennison and welcome to the forum!

 

Could you please describe more precisely what exactly you are looking for? For how long? Which languages you are speaking? Where in Europe you want to stay (north, west, south, east). The more we know the better we can help. I know schools and studios in Europe, but I need to know more in which direction your ideas go. Keep me posted. Greetings from Switzerland.

 

Evelyne

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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!

 

Dennison

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Hi again Dennison. I would suggest writing a proposal, a summary of what you wrote above, and send it to the following European schools or studios:

 

Italy:

 http://www.lameridiana.fi.it/(to Claudia Bruhin or Pietro Maddalena)

 http://www.officinesaffi.com/(to Francesca Salvatore)

 http://www.cretarome.com/(to Lori-Ann Touchette)

 

France (they are near where you are at the moment):

 http://vallauris-ioa.com/via/?lang=en(to Sandrine Rousseau)

 http://www.air-vallauris.org/(to Dale Dorosh)

 http://www.ecole-ceramique.com/contact/(to Ariane Coissieux)

 

Spain:

 http://eltornbarcelona.com/(to Martin Loew)

 

England (UK):

 http://www.leachpottery.com/

 

Hungary:

 http://www.icshu.org/

 

Germany and Switzerland: I am not sure yet whether a residency possibility is an option there.

 

Ask them in your email letter whether they can help you with ideas and addresses of other schools or studios, if they can't give you what you are looking for in their own school.

 

Keep me informed please. Best of luck!

 

Evelyne

 

 

PS: Just got another opportunity you can look into. It's in a pdf file. I hope I can attach it here...

 

 

Crafts-Guidelines-2016.pdf

Crafts-Guidelines-2016.pdf

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