Workshop 1: Connect & Create with Sahar Nabnik – Ceramicist

Time: Saturday, 7 November 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Address: Cre8tiv Studios, 27 Atchison Street, St Leonards NSW 2065


IWVAC – Australia is delighted to invite you to an exciting ceramics workshop by artists in residence Sahar Nabnik: Design your own Teapot.

About the Artists – Sahar Nabinik

Born in Tehran, Iran and emigrated to Australia in 2009. She began studying ceramics at the Museum of Glass and Ceramics in Dubai (Abgine Museum) in 2000. Currently she is studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia. She has also taught ceramics in Dubai and Australia. Whilst in Dubai she participated in many group exhibitions and in Australia she has participated in trade displays and founded her own ceramics business Sahar Pottery. Sahar has an interest in creating contemporary ceramic forms that negate notions of utilitarian function and form. Her works are deeply connected to Persian poetry and Sufi mysticism.


About the Workshop – Design your own Teapot

The serving of ‘tea’ has deep traditions in many cultures around the world. In Iran in particular, serving tea is associated with social and familial gatherings. Iranian tea is brewed with spices in a Samavar and served with sweets to welcome guest and in between meals. In this 3 hour workshop participants will design their own one of a kind teapot. Participants will learn the basics of painting on ceramics using under glaze colours and transfer techniques. Sahar will bring some classic designs with her, alternatively participants can also bring their own ideas with them.

On completion the teapot will be taken to Sahar’s studio for firing at 1000ºc and can be picked up from the Cre8tiv Studios on Saturday 14th November at 11am, postage option available on request for an extra $10 P&H fee.

Teapots will be dishwasher, microwave and food safe.

All materials are included in the ticket price.

Suitable for persons over 15 years. Places are strictly limited

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Workshop 2: Presence in Absence: Creating Collage Workshop

Time: Saturday, 21 November 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Address: Cre8tiv Studios, 27 Atchison Street, St Leonards NSW 2065


About the artist: Nazanin Marashian

Born in Ahwaz, Iran and emigrated to Australia in 1984, Nazanin has worked as an educator and visual artist for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History & Theory and Performance Studies, and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Sydney; she is currently a secondary teacher in Visual arts and Drama and founder of the IWVAC – Australia. Nazanin has exhibited in various group shows and competitions and had her first solo exhibition titled ‘Reflections’ in 2014. Her visual arts practice is predominantly in mixed media and installation. Her works reference her cultural connection to her homeland and the sense of dislocation of growing up in Australia as a first generation immigrant. She engages audiences with her intricate layering of materials and use of Persian and Arabic text.


About the Workshop – Presence in Absence: Creating Collage

Collage is an art form that assembles different elements into one unified image. In this 3 hour workshop participants will gain an insight into Nazanin’s creative process in developing her works on paper with an emphasis on ‘Presence in Absence’ as a theme. Participants will learn about different layering techniques, create their own paper textures and complete a collage on archival cold pressed paper.

All materials are included. Some light refreshments are provided. However, please bring your own lunch. There are kitchen facilities in the studio.

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