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Wow! What A Successful Workshop! Malcolm Greenwood’s Workshop Extraordinaire!

Wow! What A Successful Workshop!  Malcolm Greenwood’s Workshop Extraordinaire!
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Here’s the crew! Malcolm Greenwood and all 18 participants.

(As a note, this post is probably best viewed on your computer, not your phone.)

Sometimes words just don’t do justice to what you are trying to describe.  For the Malcolm Greenwood Workshop, that is definitely the case.

For as much planning, preparation, thought, worry – that goes into a workshop, the outcome is up for grabs.  There are so many elements that must fall into place to make it all work – the people, the weather, the equipment, the venue, the presenter – and in this case, ALL of these things surpassed my expectations! It all just worked.

The two main things that make this workshop work were:

Number ONE!! Malcolm Greenwood!!!

His knowledge, humour, expertise, patience, generosity, skill (and on and on) were amazing.

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Malcolm Greenwood

Number TWO!! The Participants!!

Each person brought a beautiful attitude of keenness, compassion for one another, a deep sharing, and patience.  As one person said after the workshop, “I felt like I might be the less skilled/experienced potter in the group on the first day during introductions, but I never felt that way again.”  Malcolm had a way of leveling the playing field.  We were ALL learning new techniques, making new tools, and hearing a new philosophy and way of creating.

THE PARTICIPANTS!

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IlonaTopolcsanyl – Cone 11 Ceramics – Melbourne

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Lisa Benny – Harvest Clay – Tugan

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Rebecca Chua – Claypool – Sydney

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Margi Sanders – Gold Coast

Tali – Cohen – Franz – Keramika Ceramics – Ocean Shores

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Kristy Wong – Gold Coast

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Greg Furney – Villa Rustica Ceramics – Byron Bay

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Brett Stone – Claypool – Sydney

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Allessandro Di Sarno – Claypool – Sydney

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Warwick Anderson – Byron Bay

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Catherine Stainton – Wild Ceramics – Gold Coast

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Amy Coleman – Nerang

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Zeynep Testoni – Zeynep Testoni Ceramics – Gerroa, NSW

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Colin Hopkins – Cone 11 Ceramics – Melbourne

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Linda Cunningham – Pebuka Pottery – Murwillumbah

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Anna Zoeller – Brisbane

Amanda Thompson – Raksha Ceramics – Currumbin

Caitlin Purcell – Caitlin Pottery – Mansfield, Victoria

On top of that, the studio is like none other and is suited perfectly to the type of workshop that Malcolm teaches.  Making your own tools requires space, tools, wood, bamboo, woodworking equipment – we had it all.  We managed to borrow/bring enough wheels that everyone had a wheel to work on.   And this group!  No fussing or fighting over who got what…amazing…such a nice group of people!  Space for tables for handbuilding.  Space for relaxing when Ronnie served up tapas, wine and beer after a hard day.  Tables for lunch…etc, etc, etc.

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18 Wheels in a circle with a wedging table in the middle.

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Plenty of demonstration tables.

Demonstration Tables.

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Everyone could get around to see what was going on.

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Wheel work demonstrations.

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Thrown bowls drying in the open air doors.

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I think that pictures will best convey what happened at this workshop…MAGIC!

The interesting thing about many of the pictures are the consultative and collaborative nature of the workshop.  Malcolm helping participants.  Participants helping participants.  So good.

WATCHING MALCOLM

Malcolm did demonstration after demonstration – lucky us!

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malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery,

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

ARTIST TALK AND DINNER

Wednesday evening, a dinner for guests and participants, allowed the clay community to have a chance to hear Malcolm talk about his practice.  It was so great!

WEDGING CLAY

Properly wedging clay was one of the key points that Malcolm wanted to get across.

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LUNCHES WITH MALCOLM

These lunches gave everyone a chance to talk about various issues in creating a career with ceramics.

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malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

MAKING TOOLS

Everyone got right into the power tools!

SPRAYING GLAZES FOR THE RAW FIRING

  • malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery,
    Intro to spraying glazes

FIRING RESULTS

For me, the raw firing of the pots was a first.  I also had never fired both kilns at the same time.  Thankfully, it all worked brilliantly!

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malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

malcolm greenwood workshop, marian williams pottery

Sorry for all the photos, but there are just so many good ones.  A week of brilliance with a Master and a beautiful group of people allows one to see and photograph many wonderful things.  I hope that you enjoy them.

So would we do it again?  Too soon to say, but you can get on a waiting list by contacting me…just in case…you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Peace Out!

Marian

Written by Marian Williams

17 Comments

  1. Greg Furney · May 9, 2017

    Beautifully written Marian – thanks for organizing a great week of learning!

  2. Anna · May 9, 2017

    Fantastic Marian. Glad it all came together so well.

  3. shannon garson · May 9, 2017

    What an absolutely wonderful workshop! I’m so envious, it looks like everyone had an amazing time. Good on you Marion for providing this incredible opportunity!

  4. ang · May 9, 2017

    fabulous effort and execution….in this case more is more with all the photos! cheers chic x

  5. Malcolm Greenwood · May 9, 2017

    Adding to the picture of what makes a workshop be so successful – the person organising! Marian generously offered her space and smoothly facilitated every aspect of the workshop and the artists conversation/dinner – all with profound good cheer, warmth and love. Thanks Marian for making our week together so great and for the amazing blog.

  6. Tali Cohen-flantz · May 11, 2017

    HI All
    that was the most amazing workshop i have dune !!!!
    Marian Williams & Malcolm Greenwood work fabulous together organizing this GRAND workshop ..it was a place of sharing knowledge of art&craft and most importantly sharing
    hart space..we could all feel the LOVE….-thank you again:)

  7. Helena Griffiths · May 12, 2017

    Congratulations! Looks like great fun and loads of learning! Next time……

  8. Sue Haile · May 14, 2017

    I think you should have included pictures of the facilitators, Marian and Ronnie.

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  10. Zeynep · June 7, 2017

    Thanks so much Marian! What a wonderful account of our experiences! You and Ronnie were amazing hosts! Thank you for organising such a fabulous learning experience. Zeynep xx

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