Paul de Jongh
Over the last twenty years – Paul de Jongh has become well-known as a wood-fire potter working from his beautiful workshop/home in McGregor in the Western Cape. It is not always easy to make one’s way to such a remote place, so we have decided to facilitate some “Raku” meetings in Johannesburg. There will be a number of formats to these sessions – people are welcome to hire Paul – to fire a kiln-load of their individual pieces – or alternatively – to take part in a communal firing process with other passionate makers....
This firing technique is rooted in a traditional practice in Japan where guests at social gatherings fired their own tea-bowls and then drank tea out of them. The technique involves pulling the red-hot pots from the kiln and placing them in sawdust, thereby crazing the glaze and carbonizing the cracks. It is an inspiration and refreshment to even the most hardened potter, bringing one right down to basics. Such simple beauty will fill you with the same childish pleasure you felt when you held a piece of pottery you made yourself for the first time.
These workshops and firing sessions - will give an opportunity to pottery students and as well as accomplished “makers” to fire their pots using this ancient living tradition. It is hoped that Paul’s passion and expertise – in this sphere, will inspire you to branch out into this often forgotten and neglected ceramic practice.
People who have never seen or experienced this process are also welcome to come and see what the whole process and philosophy is all about and thus hopefully lay a foundation for clay exploration in the future. There will be many discussions pertaining to the different aspects of the Raku Process, as well as a discussion on the historical aspects of this ancient technique.
Should you be a complete novice – and wish to make some tea-bowls yourself – prior to the firing – that is also possible – there are two making session on the programme.
27 – 31 August 2013
Kim Sacks School of Ceramics
Kim Sacks Gallery
Paul de Jongh
Programme for 27 – 31 August 2013
Tuesday morning 27 August: 9.30 – 12.30pm
A three hour participatory workshop for beginners and advanced students – a discussion – and a making session of pieces to be fired in the kiln on Saturday the 31st of August at the Gallery.
Price for this session plus the firing of the pots made (maximum of 2) in the communal kiln R350
This making session will take place at the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics, Bellevue. (see website: www.kimsacks.com ) You can also read more about Paul from his website: www.milstonepottery.co.za
Wednesday morning 28 August: 9.30 – 12.30pm
It will be possible to hire Paul to fire your pots – if you have more than 2 teabowls and wish him to fire them with you. (These firings can also be shared among fewer people – that is also possible.) This will take place at the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics in Bellevue.
Thursday morning 29 August: 9.30 – 12.30pm
A three hour participatory workshop for beginners and advanced students – a discussion – and a making session of pieces to be fired in the kiln on Saturday the 31st of August at the Gallery .
Thursday afternoon 29 August: 2.00 – 5.00
It will be possible to hire Paul to fire your pots – if you have more than 2 teabowls and wish him to fire them with you. (These firings can also bshared among fewer people – that is also possible.) This will take place in Bellevue.
Friday Morning 30 August 9.30 – 12.30
Saturday morning 31 August: 9.30 – 12.30
Saturday afternoon 31 August: 2.00 – 5.00pm
Communal firing (limited places available – at the Gallery). You will need to bring with you two pots of more-or-less tea bowl size, of even thickness and biscuit fired, for the communal firings. Alternately, Paul will have already-bisqued tea bowls available ready to glaze and fire. There will be unglazed tea-bowls for sale – should you wish to try your hand at the process. The prices of these bowls – will depend on their sizes.
Price for Communal firings R300 per person – per session. (if you bring your own two tea-bowls......(Maximum of 10 people) R200 if you buy tea-bowls from Paul. Price for firing the kiln either alone – or with a friend – R1 500
Should you have any questions – or thoughts – that you would like to share – with regard to these workshops – feel free to contact Kim @ (011) 726-6420 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Due to the limited number of places available,bookings and payment to be made in advance through Kim Sacks.