Neil Hoffmann Ceramics Workshop
Wednesday 3 March 12-6.00pm
Warrandyte Uniting Church Hall
Cnr West End and Taroona Ave, Warrandyte
Neil Hoffmann lives in Reedy Marsh, northern Tasmania, where he has worked with clay and fire for forty years. Initially producing gas-fired tableware, he now chooses the particularly transformative power of wood burning kilns for the making of both functional and sculptural objects. Whole dolerite rocks and clay from on his property are frequently used in his making.
Workshop attendees will learn about Neil’s working methods including the thinking that informs them. Wheel and hand building methods will be demonstrated, including methods irreverent to age-old traditions of potting practice. Neil’s unique ‘No Bats - No Turning’ plate and bowl making methods which distinguish him as a maker will be shared.
Over the years, Neil has conducted the Claydown Tasmania Summer School programs; convened the international Woodfire Tasmania 2011 event in his hometown Deloraine; exhibited widely; conducted workshops; given presentations at conferences and symposiums in Australia, USA, India, Indonesia and Europe; and completed an MFAD at the University of Tasmania.
Neil’s workshop program will include:
1. Slide talk – an overview of his life as a maker.
2. Demonstrations of several hand building methods Neil frequently employs
3. Wheel throwing demonstration – cup, plate and bowl making (no bats, no turning)
4. ‘Shaking It Up’ hands-on activity with clay for attendees: breaking tradition and the pursuit of Eureka moments; examining studio practice via a triangular lens; investing time in play for fresh outcomes.