Studio Leaders |  Jade Thorsen and Jaki Pokrovsky

Studio Timetable
Monday | 11.30 am – 2.30pm | 45.01.010
Thursday | 3.30 pm -6.30 pm | 45.01.010

Ah…the humble porcelain bowl or cup…or is it? Could you make one? Could you make a thousand? Could you make any money? What else could you design and make if you – understood the method and technique—the possibilities of form, ornamentation and decoration not available in any other processes?

This studio will explore the rigours of slip-cast production. Students will learn both the joys, frustrations and possibilities of manufacturing in ceramics. You will learn basic mould making, casting and glazing techniques to produce by the end of the semester a batch of products ready for a particular market. The studio will explore how contemporary technology such as CAD and 3D printing intersect with ancient techniques still in use today.

This semester Dirt Dreams will focus on the possibilities of manufacturing tableware and artefacts for the booming Melbourne Hospitality scene. The brief “Eat my Dust” is situated into Melbourne Café culture. It is a vibrant food culture based on a vibrant multi-cultural history. Food has long been the glue to the successful integration of immigrants into Australian culture. But does Australian contemporary design reflect the same diversity as our Food Culture? We investigate “What is Australian design?” and what are the possibilities when you merge the two?

NOTE: This studio will cost additional funds for materials and firing. Students should expect to outlay $300-350 for the semester.