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The Positive Negative

Slow Clay Centre the Positive Negative Irianna Kanellopoulou Workshop

Slow Clay Centre the Positive Negative Irianna Kanellopoulou Workshop

Please note: This workshop is offered roughly once per year so if there is no active date visible on this page please email us to register your interest and we can give you first option for the next date.

Join acclaimed Melbourne ceramic artist Irianna Kanellopoulou for this one-day demonstration workshop.

Irianna will reveal the step-by-step the process of making a two-piece plaster mould that can be used for slip-casting multiple ceramic objects. She will also demonstrate the slip-casting process from a dry mould and the bonus is seeing her unique method for individualising her moulded and slip-cast pieces! Irianna uses clear, concise instructions, provides notes for her students and is a positive, humorous presenter!

The use of moulds to cast clay can enable objects to be made that are not limited to the concentric and can be designed to take on especially fine details and crisp, geometric forms. Mould-making for slip casting was developed in the 18th century as a method for attaining exact replicas of shapes thereby freeing industry from the limitations of training artisans in hand production techniques. It is also a wonderful skill to aid the modern day ceramic artist in pursuing forms that can be repeated perfectly in multiples or, as in Irianna’s case, she takes the standard to another level entirely with her virtuoso expression! No two pieces are ever the same as her unique method uses the common industrial technique to make one-off art pieces. Irianna sources a variety of found objects to create composite forms from her slip casts. She is a truly unique and inspiring artist with a meticulous and inventive approach.”In my work, narratives explore issues of identity and (dis)placement through a transformation of images and found objects outside of their initial intent and purpose. The featured protagonists unveil a microcosmos of masked identities, fragmented conversations and fleeting moments. Deliberately shifting relationships between human and animal qualities, the figure becomes a cultural object that projects a narrative of a ‘new and improved’ reality; a super reality.”Irianna Kanellopoulou is an award winning artist and shows with Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

Students will see Irianna demonstrating how to:

  • make a two-piece mould
  • assess appropriate materials to use as a positive
  • assess an undercut for easy release of the negative
  • make registration/key marks
  • mix and pour plaster slip cast and release from a mould

All levels, including beginners, welcome! Please note due to limited class sizes we do not give refunds if you change your mind! You are welcome to pass your booking on to a friend!

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