Last Thursday, 13th February, Perthshire ceramic artist, Ceri White gave an entertaining and informative demonstration to an enthusiastic group of potters . Ceri specialises in hand- thrown planters which she decorates with coloured slips before carving designs through the slip to expose the colour underneath. She demonstrated this technique and another where dots of slip are applied to the surface of the pot to create texture and pattern. Ceri also talked about her experience taking part in the 'Oor Wullie Bucket Trail, a national public art trail held last summer. Ceri was one of the artists selected to decorate one of the statues - '' Wullie, Yer A Pure Dancer" was depicted dressed up to enjoy Glasgow's night life.
Then, last Sunday, 16th February, the potters returned for a workshop delivered by Heather Gilbert, one of our tutors. Heather demonstrated several ways to create stylised or realistic animal forms using slabs of clay, pinch pots or sculpting techniques. Before long the pottery began to look like a menagerie with a parrot, a polar bear, as well as several foxes and chickens coming to life in the potters' hands. Students went away after the morning's work, heads brimming with ideas for more animal sculptures. (Reviews by Liz Mitchell).
On Sunday, 23rd February Daniel Scottow, an artist from the East Neuk, returns to Kirkcaldy to lead a workshop in acrylics, 'Dramatic seas, skies and silhouettes'.
The following Sunday, former pottery tutor Jenny Rae returns to leads a workshop in 'Fairytale Towers and Turrets. On the same day, in the painting studio, Philippa Mitchell, also from the East Neuk, will demonstrate her skills and techniques in painting with oils.
It is still a very busy time at the art club.
Below images from Ceri White's demo and Heather Gilbert's workshop