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Atelje Janja Gora
Janja Gora 163b
47304 Plaški

tel.:095 911 86 29




4. International ceramists colony Janja Gora 2009
Atelje Janja Gora 2. - 10. August 2009

From 2. to 10. August 2009. at the International ceramic centre Atelier Janja Gora 4. international ceramists colony was held with the traditional eastern decoration technique of the Japanese teacup ‘CHAWAN’, in the central focus.
19 participants from Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands and Serbia under the professional leading of Mr. Lou Smedts from the International ceramic study centre 'The last house' from Belgium have had a chance to meet the traditional glazes and way of firing. Lots of new and rediscovered stuff were discussed and learned about. From the very theory of the technique and its difference between what nowadays known is as Raku, or American barbeque raku.
Ido, the mother of al raku was meant to produce teacups that are useful, a useware, and they were meant to be made fast because of the great need. Glazes were designed to withstand the temperature shock and yet to stay stable so that they can be used for tea. Of course, al had to look pretty, with colours and shine, and it has cost years and years of experimenting until the old masters have come up with al of the variety's that we have experienced during this workshop. IDO, Hagi, Raku, al of them with their own specific ways.

There were 6 kilns burning every day, lots of different glazes, pieces burned up to 4 times to get the results that we wanted. Some beautiful pieces were produced, but some did not make it to shine in their glory. Sad, but just the part of the learning process that we al came to experience.

We had 3 gas raku kilns at our disposal, two small charcoal kilns (originally used in Japan for small chawan productions and one woodfired kiln, specially build for this workshop. We would like to thank our friends from the company Bosio, a supplier of ceramic kilns and materials for letting us use their gas kilns without the charge and for building with us our first honhgamma.

One of the days of the workshop was dedicated to american raku, with lots of smoke and firings. That was also the day to compare the two different approaches to the same object. As the traditional IDO was to make the cups that could safely be used

This year manifestation was outstandingly organised. From the accommodation and food for the participants, trough highly professionally lead workshop, to the organisation of the ‘open day’ at the atelier. Besides the organisation, colony was also very well presented in the media. A number of radio and television rapport’s about the happening, with on the top of it, appearance on the national television in the very well watched programme ‘Good morning Croatia’. A representative of the Atelier Janja Gora Mr. Branko Šupica and the professional leader of the colony dr. Lou Smedts could present the work and the ideas and achievement of this years co-operation. To give the whole manifestation a good closing, and representation, on Friday 7.8.2009. the open day at the atelier was held. People from the area, but also from whole of the Croatia could come and see and feel the atmosphere of the place and the people. Vocal group Pelister gave the visitors a great concert of traditional Croatian and Macedonian songs, under the enjoyment of the good glass of slivovitz, wine and roasted pork (traditional meal of the region). For the participants of the workshop itself 3 excursions in the area were organised to give them the opportunity to see and learn more about the area they came to visit. Besides visit to the village centre and river spring, they made a train trip throughout the surrounding hills and at the and visited the Plitvice lakes (30 km from the atelier), the worlds famous national park.

At the end of the colony, selection of the best works was made. This works are going to be exhibited as a part of the project and will appear in the catalogues and on the web-site of the project. The idea of the organiser is to have an traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the opening of the exhibition. The whole collection is then going to make a trip to Belgium where it is going to be a part of a bigger international CHAWAN exhibition.

At the end we from the organisation of the colony would like to thank all of the good people that helped in the organisation and realisation of this colony. Bosio company from Zagreb for lending us the necessary equipment and tools and building our first wood fired kiln. Karlovac county for their financial support. Belgium embassy for their moral support. All of the members of our association and friends who have done the great work of serving, cleaning, cocking and maintaining of the whole project. Also thank to all other organisations and people helping us to get this far with our project.

Atelier Janja Gora has put itself shoulder to shoulder with other international ceramic centres. We hope that our work and our contribution to the development of the community will be recognised by the people of Croatia, Europe an the world. That it will be recognised and supported by local, regional and state officials and helped on their way of creating better circumstances for the sustainable development of the whole region. We would like to see that.
Thank you very much.

Traditional raku 2009

The intention of this years workshop is to show you the history and techniques of traditional korean, chinese and japanese pottery, raku. To do this open minded, you could better forget everything you know so far about raku. Ido, the mother of al raku and techniques associated with it, as japanese raku are totally different than raku we know today. This differences are going to become clear to you during this workshop.

One very important thing about the technique is PEACE. None of the old techniques was designed to burn and finish up to 5 raku kilns a day, to be stressful. Forget the time and concentrate on the moment of your work and fire. Your relation to your work, glazing and fire is reflected in your work. That goes for al of the ceramic techniques, and more things in life. This HARMONY is very important.

And at the and, before we get started, do not become afraid of the complexity of the mater. In the book that is a part of this workshop you are going to find al of the information presented on the workshop.

So, do not forget to ENYOY your stay and work at this workshop.

We are going to show al of the differences and techniques on the traditional Japanese thee bowls, chawan's.
IMPORTANT: Every participant should therefore bring about 20 pieces of biscuit fired chawan's that are going to be decorated at the workshop and fired in one of the five raku kilns (one of them wood fired) available at the workshop.

Day program

Day 1, sunday, 2 August
Arrival at the atelier in the afternoon.

Day 2, monday, 3 August
Preparation of the different glazes for the raku days. 4 different basic glazes that are going to be combined with the different colours and effects. First firings.

Day 3, Tuesday, 4 August
Morning: glazing and firing. Afternoon: trip in to the surroundings

Day 4, Wednesday, 5 August
Glazing and firing

Day 5, thursday, 6 August
American raku. willingly controlling the way of the craquele.
Afternoon: a visit to the ancient roman pottery at the adriatic see.

Day 6, friday, 7 August
Glazing and firing

Day 7, saturday, 8 August
Open day. Expo of the best pieces. Traditional Japanese thee ceremony.

Day 8, sunday, 9 August
Whole day trip to the Plitvice lakes and visit to some local artistic initiatives.

Day 9, monday, 10 August
The end. Leaving of the participants after breakfast.

Prices and availability

You can apply for a place on the workshop until 1. July 2009 by mail or phone.
2 persons room - € 450.- pp
4 persons room - € 400,- pp
Place for the mobil home, tent or any other outside sleeping commodity - € 350.- pp
Partners of the ceramists (non ceramist) are paying a € 50.- less because they don't use the materials.

All prices are inclusive all meals, materials, lessons, coffle and thee and homemade slivovitz.
Not included are arrival costs, other drinks (jus, beer and wine). Also not included are the prices of the excursions in the area. We travel by bus under the professional guide leading in Dutch and english and share the costs of that service and eventually the entrance costs. The excursions are optional.

After you send your application, request for a participation we will reply to you with further information's. Any questions or more information's you can request by email.

For more information and reservations:
Atelje keramike Janja Gora
Branko Šupica, + 385 95 911 86 29
Danijela Pešut, + 385 95 911 86 27

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Responsible individual: Branko Šupica
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