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silvie granatelli in north florida

updated thu 23 dec 99


John Tilton on wed 22 dec 99

Here is a copy of the invitation that I'll be sending out later today.

Dear fellow Clayworker,

With great pleasure, I invite you to a workshop with nationally-known
ceramic artist Silvie Granatelli, to take place in my studio on Saturday

and Sunday, January 15 and 16, 2000.

Silvie, a studio potter since 1983 and ceramics instructor at Virginia
Tech University since 1987, lives and works in Floyd, Virginia and was
the recipient of a 1995 Virginia Museum Fellowship. She is represented
in the collections of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the
Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, among others.

Her work has been influenced by her study with such
luminaries as Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu, and she holds a BFA from
Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from Montana State University. She
was featured in the
March / April 1999 Clay Times article, =93Silvie Granatelli and David
Crane: Functional Ware Artists.=94 She gives a great workshop, as anyone
who has taken one of her workshops (as I have) knows. Her approach to
clay is truly functional, celebrating food and the act of eating it.
(See her Personal Statement enclosed.) Her porcelain tableware,
decorated with =93zoomorphic forms=94 evoking birds, shells and other
natural images, combines painted and carved surfaces, shiny and matt
glazes, with forms made by throwing, altering and assembling. She is an

inspiration to watch and a lot of fun to interact with.

As for the workshop schedule, Silvie plans to throw, alter, and assemble

her forms on Saturday, and on Sunday she will demonstrate her painterly
approach to surfaces. She will also bring glaze and slip formulas to

The last time my studio hosted a workshop was in the 1980's, when
British artist Colin Pearson came to the U.S. and happened to be in
Gainesville with time on his hands. That workshop was so much fun and
so inspiring to the 35 or so people who attended that I=92ve been thinking

about hosting another one ever since. And what better time than the
beginning of the new millennium
for sharing fellowship, techniques, and ideas with other potters?

My studio is large (2100 square feet) and spacious, clean and
well-organized. It has one of the world=92s most peaceful surroundings,
nestled in the woods and adjoining a wetlands area---the perfect
backdrop for sharing inspiration and ideas. Join Silvie and your fellow

potters for this workshop to nourish your creative spirit and enrich
your vision for the next 1000 years=21 You=92ll return to your studio
refreshed and re-energized.

The workshop fee of 125.00 (100.00 for full time students) includes
Continental breakfast (bagels, muffins and coffee) and a great lunch on

both Saturday and Sunday. Lodging is available at any one of several
area motels=3B I=92ll send you a listing when you register. Workshop hours
are Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 PM.

John Tilton
16211 NW 88th Terrace
Alachua, Fl. 32615
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