Intensive Wheel Throwing Masterclass

This throwing - focused program is all about building confidence on the wheel. Ancient Korean throwing techniques are taught step by step through theory, demonstration, and guided practice. You will learn how to throw off the hump, and master basic but fundamental shapes from the “Sabal” or tea bowl, to plates, cylinders, larger forms, and vases . We believe it is essential that students develop an honest relationship with clay, know its limits, and understand that each time we touch the clay, there must be a reason and a method to our movements. By breaking down each step students can sharpen their skills and aspire to a higher level of craftsmanship in their own practice. Imagine all the lessons one would learn as an apprentice, condensed into a week or two of intense practice. Students from all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. Instruction and demos will be catered to each individual student’s goals and/or abilities. Learn how to practice and follow the path to mastery on the wheel.


Intensive Onggi Masterclass

Learn the lost art of the Onggi technique, a method unique in the world for coil building large pots and forms. Traditionally born out of necessity in Korea, Onggi pots were and still are used today for food fermentation and storage. A quintessential example of how form follows function, both the forms and building techniques are a living art in and of themselves. You will be given your own set of wooden tools, and taught how to make coils, flatten the base of the pot, and coil the clay using the “Taryeom” method. Later you will learn how to paddle the form and shape it, giving you a newfound sense of volume and proportion on a large scale. There are only a handful of Onggi masters left in Korea, and even fewer opportunities to learn from them one on one.

Why a Masterclass?

These workshops are intensive, once in a lifetime opportunities to learn directly from working potter and Onggi master Kwak Kyung Tae side by side in Icheon, South Korea. Plenty of one-on-one training will be available and the class size is deliberately kept small. This is the first year he is opening a series of workshops to the public and a chance to make a lifelong connection and mentor in the field. Students will gain both theory and practical knowledge with a hands-on approach to the techniques involved. Each day will begin with particular demos followed by an intense day of practice. Students will get out what they put in (in terms of effort and results). The goal is for students to leave with a solid grasp of traditional Korean techniques and the confidence to apply them in their own practice and context.

There will be opportunities to extend your stay in Korea if you wish to continue practicing in our workshop alongside the master. Please let us know in the comments section at the end of this form. We welcome groups as well, so if you would like to bring others or sign up with a group, discounts may be available. Please get in touch via email for special requests.

We look forward to meeting you!

I wanted to express my extreme gratitude for such a rich and rewarding cultural experience and the opportunity to learn from a master potter. So much thought and planning had gone into the workshops which provided students with the very best learning opportunity. The one-on-one tuition with Kyung Tae has inspired me to keep working to a higher standard with many hours of practice ahead. I was challenged in learning new skills but all the time both Kyung Tae and Marco were always encouraging and offered guidance and support so that all students could progress to their individual level and reach their potential.
— Gayl Sullivan, Australia, 2018

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