We are delighted to welcome nationally renowned ceramic artist Lorna Fraser to Off the Rails Arthouse for the first time. Lorna’s ceramic work is inspired by the infinite array of forms in the botanical world. Her work explores the sculptural quality of plants, responding to their structure whilst selecting favourite composite shapes in order to create her own ceramic “hybrids”. She also draw inspiration from the huge collection of pressed plant specimens, impressive seed pods and and pickled flowers and fruits stored in the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She uses porcelain clay to produce these exquisite pieces, which you can see on her website www.lornafraser.co.uk.
In this two day workshop she will share how she makes one of her trademark spiky flower forms and encourage participants to make their own botanical ceramic hybrid. She will support and guide you to help create your own bespoke hand-built piece using beautiful porcelain clay. She is keen for you to work at your own pace and she encourages all levels from beginners to the more experienced. There will be plenty of scope to experiment and to play with clay. Although she will bring a few different coloured slips for you to try, the workshop will be concentrating primarily on form and structure.
All completed work will be fired by Lorna in her kiln and will be available for you to collect from the Arthouse approximately 2 weeks after the course.
All tools and materials will be supplied and the cost of the workshop includes firing. All you will need is an apron, and some inspirational material in the form of photographs or sketches and a variety of things with texture that can be pressed into clay e.g. leaves, bark etc. Lorna will also have lots of resource material and will be able to help you.
About Lorna Fraser
Lorna Fraser is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. She creates sculptural one-off pieces, small series of works and site-specific installations and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. She has her own studio in the heart of Edinburgh, a short walk from the Royal Botanic Garden, which provides her with endless inspiration. “I delight in looking at all types of plants – from the giant leaves of tropical water lilies to the formation of tiny lichens growing on a wall.”
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