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Studio Tutor: Judith Glover & Simon Lloyd

Studio Timetable: Wednesday 12:30 – pm 3:30 pm & Wednesday 6:30 – pm 9:30 pm

Studio Partners: Clayworks Australia & Northcote Pottery

Dirt Dreams is an on-going series of studios that introduces students to the technicalities, wonder and frustration of producing artefacts through slip-cast ceramics techniques. You will learn basic mould making, casting and glazing techniques to produce by the end of semester a batch of products ready for a particular market. The studio will explore how contemporary technology such as CAD, CNC and 3-d printing intersects with ancient techniques still in use today. You will learn to work with the ceramics community and industry in Melbourne for contacts, supplies and firing that will make you self-sufficient.

This semester students will work with RMIT lecturer Judith Glover and esteemed Industrial Designer Simon Lloyd. Lloyd has exhibited internationally, including a terracotta tile project with Wardle Architects that was exhibited at the Australian Pavilion in Venice. Lloyd’s ceramic artefacts include collections of lighting, knives and tableware.

In brief 1 students will be introduced to basic mould making and slip casting techniques culminating in 2 glaze workshops at Northcote Pottery. Students will be introduced to glaze on glaze techniques.

In brief 2 with Simon Lloyd, students will explore the possibilities of creating lighting from slip cast ceramic techniques. Students will investigate the challenges of joining and tolerancing ceramic pieces to other materials.

Students will be required to present a folio documentation of their design journey, an edited book with short design essay and finished artefacts from brief 1 and 2.

This studio involves material outlays and workshops off-site. Students are expected to outlay approximately $400 for the semester.

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Image Credits: Emily Bramich, Jager Ingrid, Shimin Li