Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A day with Lana







Last week I attended a one day workshop with Lana Wilson at Saddleback College in South Orange County. I was looking forward to this day since I read about it in her website... May or June I think. I emailed the instructor at the college and did not hear anything for 3-4 months, I thought that I was not going to be so lucky to get in. But I did! and it was great to attend.

Lana is a very lively and energetic lady. Her life is full of experiences from the many years being a potter, her many travels, her children, a life well lived.
She incorporates times in her life as she is describing her clay work, how a technique happened to be created when she was doing something totally different from clay, or how the night before she was thinking while lying in bed of how to improve a technique that she would show us that day. She is truly fun to watch and listen to. I wish her several days workshops were near by, I'd go in a hearbeat.



While she showed us a lot of stuff in the one day workshop, I will talk about a few things that stuck. She is working with colored slips right now in creating functional pottery, something that was not done by her years ago. She adds the slip to a wet slab by brushing coats of different colored slips. And then proceeds to alter the clay in many ways by carving, stretching, throwing it on the table, stamping and so much more. She created several pieces in the day and I manage to get some pictures of a cup, vase and a couple plates.



Lana is very giving with sharing a lot of her techniques of doing clay. I see her as a kind person who probably saw in us the eagerness to learn and to create something new, beautiful and fun with our own hands. She gave us that sense that it was okay to do whatever we wanted with what she taught us and if in the process we learned something new, or a way to improve (hard to believe) to take on it and just do it.

Thank you to Richard White at Saddleback for letting me in, and to Lana for being a great teacher and an inspiring me to take clay to a new level.

7 comments:

Bella said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Patti Guth Designs said...

Looks like, and sounds like, you had too much fun!

Marsha Neal Studio said...

I took a workshop with Lana back in late Sept. 2001. It was the workshop that had the biggest impact on the direction of my clay life... She is such a wonderful teacher and woman! Glad you got to spend some time with her in class...

Yolanda M. said...

Thank you all for visitng. Yes it was a lot of fun being there. Now if I can get things together to be able play in mud that'd be great.

Marsha, how great that you did that so long a go. I have always admired your work and have a few of your pendants from years ago before I was doing clay myself.

Linda Starr said...

Wow, if I wasn't packing I would go in a heartbeat, I love Lana's work. Interesting to hear she is using colored slips now. I was just coming over there to do a post to see how you are and then I saw you had a post, hope your knee is doing better.

elsiee said...

a good workshop is a thing of beauty isn't it? I'm way overdue!! Can't wait to read more!!

Yolanda M. said...

Thank you for stopping by Linda and Elsie.

Yes Linda, her class was to die for... I wish I could do it again. The knee is all healed from surgery, I'm back to walking.

Elsie, yes a workshop always refreshes the mind and energizes me to do more... it doesn't always work but it does jolts me to do new things.