This summer I will be traveling to Kecskemet, Hungary to do a month long artist residency at the International Ceramic Studio (ICS).
Here is a link to the ICS website: http://www.icshu.org/
The ICS offers many remarkable ceramic classes and residencies. It's impressive facilities include: large studio spaces, a plaster workshop, plaster wheel, plaster lathe, raku, gas, electric and wood kilns. As extraordinary as the facilities and programs are, the ICS is truly known for its beautiful translucent Hungarian porcelain. Traveling to Hungary would give me the opportunity to create vessels using this dazzling white material.
Hungary is also the home of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory. Founded by Vince Stingl in 1826 and taken over by Mor Fischer in 1839. The Herend Manufactory has provided the world with stunning ceramic vessels for over 185 years. Herend brought great developments to domestic industrial art, and has exhibited in many world fairs including, Paris, Vienna, St. Petersburg, St. Luis, and Chicago.
Here is a great website showing some processes at the Herend Porcelain Manufactory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AryXDd9HvVs
Having the opportunity to use the beautiful porcelain at the ICS along with the chance to tour the Herend Manufactory will be a great influence on my ceramic practice. I plan to not only investigate the material by using it on the potters wheel, but to also take advantage of the ICS facility to create plaster molds for slip casting.
As an artist who finds inspiration in nature and history I believe the beautiful landscape and historical architecture will also greatly influence my ceramic practice.
I plan to attend the residency from May 20th through July 3rd.
- 45 days as a resident at ICS will cost me about $1,500 (dependent of the Florint exchange rate.) (This includes room & board as well as studio access)
- A Ticket to fly me across the Atlantic to Hungary will cost about $1,300
- That leaves $200 for material and firing fees.
- Totaling $3000
If I get any extra money from pledges I will use that towards an extra mold making workshop at the ICS!!
Risks and challenges
Depending on the amount of backers and how many rewards I will be producing I might not have time to complete all of the rewards that are intended to be made while I am in Hungary. I have allowed enough extra time so that anything I am unable to complete while at ICS I can finish when I get back to the states.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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