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Niek Hoogland Summer School
Written by Fiona Knight
318 Ceramics is very excited to be able to announce that this year they will be running a summer school with the highly acclaimed slipware potter Niek Hoogland. This is a rare opportunity to attend an intensive master class course with this internationally renowned slipware potter who has exhibited all over the world.
“Decoration starts in the making, the shape of the pot, a pouring lip on a jug or a well pulled handle, a texture made on the wheel all become part of the whole process of decoration” 
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Niek was born and raised in Tegelen in Holland, a town that owes its name and fame to the clay that has been dug there for the last two thousand years. He has continued this long tradition at his own pottery Pottenbakkerij Hoogland where he produces contemporary slipware ceramics.

Niek grew up with clay and ceramics as he often accompanied his father who worked in one of the large ceramics factories. Niek trained during the 1980’s in the local Tegelen/Lower-Rine earthenware and slipware tradition and worked for a year and a half in a production pottery throwing vases and planters for the Dutch and German floral industry. In 1990 he decided to leave production potting to do another apprenticeship with Guul Jacobs at “Pottery De Olde Kruyk” making contemporary stoneware tableware.

In 1991 he set up the pottery, “Pottenbakkerij Hoogland” with his partner Pim van Huisseling. Right from the start they wanted to make slipware ceramics but it had to have a contemporary approach to this centuries old tradition.

Niek says “I was trained in that local, rather rigid, tradition, but through my apprenticeships I had learned that a living tradition must be open and must take up influences from elsewhere to be able to survive and to continue.”

This intensive five day course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students and will focus on throwing and slipware ceramics and the production of a tableware set from designing to final completion. Students will have plenty of scope for individual experimentation and interpretation of this theme.

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to experiment with different decorating techniques including pouring, slip trailing and painting and sgraffito. We will also look into slipware ceramics from a historical perspective and as a facet of contemporary ceramics.

The course includes 2.5 bags of clay, and the cost of firing and glazing a dinner set of 12 pieces to be collected at a mutually convenient date. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.

Place are limited so it is advisable to book early. 16+. 

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