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Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of medieval encaustic tile making in this fun and experimental 3-day workshop led by artist Phil Root. Explore both traditional and modern methods of producing these remarkable tiles that were highly sought-after between the 10th and 16th centuries. Join us as we revive this ancient art form and create your own unique designs using a combination of techniques. Image Credits: Man on horseback from Eynsham Abbey, Oxfordshire. C1250-1500 (copyright creative commons) Fool, jester, or a pilgrim found Northamptonshire, C1250-1325 (copyright creative commons) Hare Tile C1300 image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum
How will I learn?
Under the expert guidance of Phil Root, you'll embark on a creative journey, learning the techniques of medieval encaustic tile making. You'll start by designing your own patterns using lino cutting techniques, which will then be applied to the terracotta clay tiles. We'll delve into the concepts of tessellation and repeatability in design, enabling you to create intricate and visually stunning compositions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to explore freehand decisions through sgraffito and stamp exercises, techniques that were commonly used during the medieval period. Throughout the workshop, you'll be encouraged to experiment with your designs and techniques, infusing contemporary symbols into your creations while respecting the legacy of the 12th-century imagery. By the end of the workshop, you'll have at least four glazed tiles that showcase your creativity and newfound skills. Progression Routes: Building on the knowledge gained in this workshop, you can explore further ceramic courses, honing your skills and expanding your understanding of historical and contemporary pottery techniques. Enrol now and journey back in time to the medieval era, as you create your own encaustic tiles using traditional and modern methods, and let your imagination run wild with design possibilities.
There are no requirements for this course other than a keen interest in the subject and a willingness to learn!Download course information in PDF format
Course information last updated: Wednesday 7th June 2023 @ 8.02am (1 hour ago)
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