Kevin Snipes: Two Day Workshop, Teabowls and Drinking Vessels
This workshop is based on tea bowls. But the deeper question we will investigate is how do we make the favorite drinking vessel in the cupboard? We will be looking at a lot of formal issues such as shape, volume, lift, lip, line, weight, balance and interaction with the body. But also consider aesthetics, cultural relevance and conveying conceptual ideas.
This workshop will contain lot of discussion, group projects and demos. There will also be a hands-on component, exercises in hand building with porcelain.
My intent is that each participant will take home a strong knowledge of clarity of intent in their own studio practice.
In this workshop we will first examine and unpack the essentials qualities of tea bowls.
Second, we will use that information to discover ways in which we can bring forward the concept of the tea bowl in a contemporary context.
I would like to start the conversation by asking participants to bring to the group a tea bowl by any maker, even commercially made, with the provision that it a tea bowl that is actually favored in usage. If you don’t own a tea bowl that you actually like to use, please bring a drinking vessel that you reach for automatically as your favorite to drink from (If it seriously happens to be plastic, it is still will be a good source for diving into investigating formal issues of the interaction of hand and mouth and beauty).