Jackie Gasson Workshop

25 people gathered at the Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge to enjoy 2 days of fun with colour.
Jackie was sponsored by Walkers Ceramics who were extremely generous. Participants were challenged to colour clay, paint with colour slips and use brushwork.

Article by Pauline O'Brien (CAAWA member) Images by C.S.

With some excitement and a little trepidation, I turned up at the recent Jackie Gasson workshop to learn more about glazes. Excitement because I had so enjoyed being involved in the POTober 2010, trepidation because I am not a 'potter' as such but a primary school art teacher who loves doing clay with students, but never quite has the courage or the budget to tackle glazes! A great professional learning session is one where each participant feels that their needs are being met and their level of prior experience acknowledged.

This was a great workshop for Jackie easily integrated into her demonstrations and explanations handy tips and suggestions as to how the techniques she was showing us could be incorporated into a primary classroom projects. Even better, by using underglazes and a clear glaze on top, great effects can be achieved with a single firing.

The CIT facility is a fantastic venue for such workshops with plenty of room to work and a layout of tables that encourages you to mix with other participants. To those I first met at POTober and others I met on the weekend, thanks for making a novice in glazing feel very welcome. Now all I have to do is wait another 3 months for the kiln to be delivered and installed at school, as there is a backlog in their supply. Then a new learning curve re "firing your kiln" begins and I get to put my playtime into practice

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