The Ocarina is a wind whistle like a little flute. The name means ‘little goose’ and was traditionally an Italian carnival whistle. It is made from clay and fired in a kiln. Now you can come make your own at a workshop in Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford. Join us for a Pottery Workshop as part of the SprOg Festival on Wednesday July 6th, 2022. There will be 2 workshops available, one in the morning at 11am-12.30 (6-8yrs) and an afternoon workshop at 2pm -3.30 (9-12yrs
Learn how to build a clay whistle using pinch pots and clay coils (we will use a buff-coloured clay in the workshop, it can get a bit messy so bring an old tee shirt or apron with you). You can try it out to make sure it whistles, so it might get noisy too!
The workshop will take up to an hour and a half to make and decorate the pot and get it ready to be fired. The whistle can be glazed after the bisque firing, or you can paint it at home yourself after it is bisque fired. The firing will be done at my studio when the work is dry, it takes a couple of weeks for the whistles to be ready for collection at Garter Lane.
This workshop is perfect for young artists (6+yrs) or more seasoned creatives alike. Everyone can work at their own level of expertise to complete the Ocarina.
Grainne Taylor lives in Waterford, Ireland. In her youth, she attended art college and studied drawing, clay, and printing in Waterford Institute of Technology, Grennan Mill Craft School and Limerick College of Art and Design.
When she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to do post graduate work in Studio art, Ceramics at Syracuse University, NY, it opened her eyes to being comfortable with everything about herself, to respect traditions of art and craft but not get stifled by them. As a result, the ceramics and jewellery pieces she makes are influenced by printing, vintage finds, drawing, the urban environment, and clay traditions. She uses figurative images and tries to create compositional balance of these elements together, using both found patterns and ones created in the studio.
She makes products for everyday use in her little city studio in Waterford which are available at local markets and on her website www.shedpotz.com. She wants the objects created to work well and bring joy to your life by using them. She also loves sharing her love of clay through teaching workshops in clay and jewellery making in Waterford and surrounding area, channelling skills into a class sized nuggets for students to have a satisfying experience and hopefully leave feeling inspired and curious to create more.