In this two-day workshop, you will be able to experiment with shapes and contrasting volumes, upscale your work, and discover other ways of building objects using the potter’s wheel by wheel-throwing clay segments and assembling them.
Day one will begin with Iza demonstrating her wheel-throwing technique, then participants will throw their own segments. Day two will feature a second demonstration, followed by trimming, basic paper clay making and joining segments.
Participants must be comfortable with throwing 1-2kg of clay and, if possible, they should bring a basic pottery tool kit (sponge, cutting wire, wooden knife, wooden shark fin rib, steel rib, needle tool and trimming tools), as well as a ruler or calipers.
Bisque firing of finished pieces can be arranged for an additional cost. Details will be available at the workshop.
[Photo credit: Alex Lindesay X Public Record]
Iza Lozano (Baja California,1991) is a Mexican ceramic artist currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.
She studied ceramics at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City where she lived and developed her practice until 2020 when she moved to Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Since then, Iza has completed artist-in-residence programs at Auckland Studio Potters and Driving Creek Pottery and is now working from MUD Studios, a shared ceramics space.
Archaeological objects from multiple cultural origins inspire Iza’s works. Using the potter’s wheel as her primary tool, and terracotta or stoneware clay as her medium, she creates contrasting volumes as segments that are later assembled to constitute intricate shapes, often burnished with the help of rocks, spoons, and/or blades, leaving a smooth surface, naked clay, and the trace of an orbital motion.
Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, Spain, and Aotearoa.