La Capretta has a number of projects in the works, including two classes offered this Fall: Majolica Style Painted Pottery and Natural Impressions in Clay. These will be advertised through Clarke County’s Parks & Recreation newsletter the Core, so stay tuned for scheduled times.
Nancy will be teaching the majolica class and it will be geared toward adults and teenagers with an interest in painted pottery from Italy. We will look at examples of traditional geometric and floral designs. Emphasis will be placed on a study of color, shape and brush technique. We will use underglaze colored slips and cone 05 clear glaze on white bisqued blanks. Students will first develop their palette and technique on a series of tiles. They will then be allowed to choose 2 functional pieces to decorate with the skills that they have developed.
Lynsi will be teaching a class geared toward children and older students. Through an exploration of the indigenous plants on the farm that surrounds La Capretta studio, students will collect samples to impress on clay slabs in the studio. The slabs will then be transformed into vessels, tiles or plates. A focus will be placed on the incorporation of found objects into artwork that functions.
Lynsi now has her work on display at the Firehouse Gallery in Berryville, VA. Her slab built cups, coil cups and hand made cards are on sale in the gallery. Come by and see her work while you are in town.
We are also going to be part of Clarke County’s 3rd Annual Studio Tour on Saturday September 25 & Sunday September 26, 2010. Stay tuned on the Clarke County website for upcoming events for the schedule.
Nancy will be taking a trip to visit her family in Italy until July 9 with Linus. She hopes to fill her entire sketch and recipe books with paintings, inspiration and more to bring back to share with her students and friends. Keep an eye on La Capretta’s facebook page for updates on her trip and Lynsi’s updates on the studio.