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7day Creative Flow: Exploring Ceramics

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Working with clay is a meditative activity: time disappears and we are called to be in harmony with it in order for a piece to be born. It is with this meditative approach that I would like to guide you through this workshop, whether you are new, or not, to clay.

Working with clay is about listening. Listening to what is happening right here and now as we hold it in our hands: from wedging all the way through to shaping it into a final piece. The possibilities are many. It is a question of dialogue between you and the clay, what you want to create, what it allows you to do. It requires our full presence and the conscious awareness of each breath and gesture, what imprints they will leave on it. The dialogue continues until we have found not perfection but harmony in our creation, the balance that makes everything look just right.

We will first spend some time exploring the clay, get familiar with it as well as with the environment in which we are, that is the island of Aegina. We will visit one or two of the areas where traditional potters used to pick their clay from. In ancient times, Aegina was known for its water jugs made from local clay that kept the water cool and fresh. We will also explore nature around and pick elements from it to use as inspiration elements to use back in the workshop.

Back in the studio, we will continue our exploration of different kinds of clays. We will play with them through a series of exercises to familiarise ourselves with their various qualities. These exercises will be paired with brief discussions on the properties and varieties of clays, techniques and glazes, offering a foundation for experimentation and the space for unexpected discoveries while creating pieces free from judgement.

In this workshop, the focus isn't on creating utilitarian items; instead, it is an invitation to liberate your creativity and experiment with clay. You are free to explore the potential of crafting small sculptures or make everyday objects. The important is to create a constructive dialogue with clay.

Tailored for beginners and people with some experience, this workshop is an artistic journey into the expressive world of clay. By the end of it, you will have created small sculptures and objects imbedded with your explorative experience: memories of a special week where creativity met pleasure and relaxation. 

 

Join marina in this workshop where art, play and travel converge in a celebration of creative exploration. A transformative week where you will find yourself in a creative environment with lots of room to relax, concentrate and explore.

Materials & firing of pieces included.

 

This workshop is also available to book as a Retreat, which includes: accommodation at The Grapevine House, culinary delights, your own space in The Cool Projects studio, day trip excursion(s) and a sustainable surprise gift.

 

A few words on The Grapevine House

The Grapevine House was built in the 19th century. It has a double bedroom with original painted ceiling and wooden floor, giving it a warm and nostalgic character. The living room, with its embedded wooden press, hints to the islands agricultural history and way of life. For additional space, there is a converted cellar, which serves as a second bedroom or study. The small kitchen and bathroom are later add-ons: they are small and equipped with everything one needs. Feel free to explore every conrer of the house: paintings, books and many personal objects from a life of travels... as well as the garden and courtyard.

The story says that the house hosted Saint Nektarios of Aegina in the early 20th century, who visited its ailing owner. It is believed he was cured! Could this explain why the house has a calming effect, maybe even a spiritual atmosphere, which is enhanced by the regular sound of bells from the two monasteries surrounding the it?

We invite you to enjoy the beauty of this cozy and peaceful guest house, the tranquil atmosphere of the courtyard and the land around it, and to lose your sense of time, let go and relax.

The Grapevine house is a great choice for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends willing to share.

7day Creative Flow: Exploring Ceramics

€500.00Price
Price Options
One-time purchase
€500.00
Beyond Creativity
€250.00every month for 2 months
  • There are 2 options you can use to pay for this course.

    1. Payment can be one off when you book the course. Payment is refundable if you cancel 30 days before the start of your course.

    2. Pay for your course 50% upon booking and the remainder 1 month later or upon your arrival whichever is sooner.Advance payment is refundable if you cancel 30 days before the start of your course. 

     

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