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updated wed 30 apr 97 on mon 7 apr 97

Okay I have a question about travel and pottery. I have been to a lot of
countries and have enjoyed it immensely but I have gone with a group 40-70
people depending upon where we went who really don't have an interest in
pottery. Greece was probably the best time pottery-wise that i ahd on trip
because the museums were filled will ancient pots, there was pottery all over
Greece and I came home with a lot. Probably could have come home with more.
We were in Turkey for part of a day and passed some pottery places. We did
see some demonstrations but they were in places where the guide gets a kick
back for having people buy.

When I was in Ireland I got to buy spme pottery from a major store in Dublin.
Actually I was excited to see one of the potters in Ceramics Monthly several
months later.

So my question is:

I see advertised in Ceramics Monthly classes you can take in various
countries. For example there are classes in Waverveen, Netherlands in
handbuilding, throwing, glazing, raku, pit, wood and gas firing which
includes materials, firing lodging and meals. There are places in England,
Italy, Greece, etc.

Has anyone taken any of these? What are they like? Haven't spent many
vacations where we went speedily through every place it would be nice in the
future to take a trip where you get to practice what you love and saty in one
place to get to know it a little.

Sarasota, FL

Jennifer Sanderson on tue 8 apr 97

About 10 yrs ago I went for a week to Douglas Phillips nr Somerset, England.
It was really good: good teaching, once- firing from clay to glaze in a week,
plus salt and raku. I had a B&B in the village, which included lunch, and we
did supper in the pub. It was a tiny village, not picturesque, so all was
centered on the work. Douglas is really knowledgeable about throwing and
glazes. The course was very well thought out, logical in its progression.
Wheels were Leach. His kiln is wood fired. We built a small wood-fired raku
kiln, and used it for the bisque as well. There was a mid-afternoon tea break
for discussion, out in the garden. There were about 10 of us, maybe 1/2
American, 2 Dutch, 1 NZ, 2 British. Finances were smoothly arranged. All in
all it was extremely well done.

Richard Ramirez on tue 8 apr 97

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Yes, some of those classes are great
for just that reason. Need to make sure to research that particiular class,
maybe listen to people that been on that special class you're thinking on
going on.
AS for myself, went to Barbados for 3 weeks, raku, lived on the beach ,room
and board, all for just under $400. Paid tution to a university in Canada,
when as a summer student. Just had a ball! Would do it again the same way. In
fact, I'd be planning to do now, ( some where else of course) If I wasn't
going to Africa this summer. Thats how I plan for my summers, I look through
Ceramic Monthly for the bargins. Good luck, and GO for it!
R12396,Richard,"The Clay Stalker"

Linda Randall on thu 10 apr 97

I am planning to take a workskhop in Majolica from Rosalie Winkoop and don't
know anything about her work. Anybody out there that has ever done a class
with her or know of her? Thanks in advance.

Dawne Jenelle Fowkes on sun 13 apr 97

Rosalie (aka Rosie) Wynkoop and I were classmates at the Kansas City Art
Institute. She is a terrific person and her work in majolica is wonderful.
Although she does pots, she has also done some beautiful clay sculpture. Ask
her about the life size figure she did when she was a sophmore, it was
pretty incredible! She has always been very thoughtful, informative and
helpful with suggestions, etc. You should have a good workshop with

Dawne Jenelle Fowkes
(It's a beautiful beachy California day here....)