ILLUSTRATION + CERAMICS WITH POLLY FERN | LISBON, PORTUGAL | 2019
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ABOUT THE TRIP
Join us in Lisbon, Portugal for a workshop with Illustrator and Ceramicist Polly Fern. We will discover illustration and painting on ceramics.
Lisbon's trademark seven hills are spread across the cityscape like lofty guardians of history and color. The city is a must-see web of no-filter-necessary views. Clear skies, steep cobbled streets, palaces, churches, tiles in pink, mint and indigo, and cheap, fresh, grilled sardines to eat outside a tasca (bar) in the sun. It’s a place so beautiful you can’t believe people are using it to live in.
Often, it’s the little, quirky things that seem to capture the spirit of where we travel and we will spend time exploring the city on foot with our sketch books so you can draw scenes you'd like to practice into your work. You need to walk and climb a little but it worth it.
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POLLY FERN is a illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper.
Taking inspiration from local, historical and childhood stories, Polly illustrates and translates her work into ceramics. Each ceramic piece is handmade, finished and fired by Polly in her Norwich based studio. Polly has two different processes within ceramics. One is to use newspaper cuttings of her designs, which are collaged upon the clay. Polly paints over the paper with a pigmented slip. Once the slip has dried a little, she then peels the design away to reveal the resisted characters, then working back into the piece by painting and drawing into the clay, making each piece unique.
Polly also hand build vessels, fires and dips them in a tin glaze. Once covered in glaze, she loosely paints her illustrations upon the vessels with pigments and oxides. Illustrating freely upon the vessel’s body making each piece unique.
See her studio, works in progress and canaries on instagram @pollyfern
All Ceramics and Illustration Photos by Polly Fern
What to do in Lisbon?
The other “must” was a pastel de nata, the typical Portuguese pastry made with custard. “You can get the classic ones in Belem.
Listen to Fado Vadio at Tasca do Jaime - an version of the typical melancholic Portuguese music sung by aspiring professionals.
A Carioca to pick up some infused beans and the "best" coffee.
Belém – certainly worth a visit given its historical importance. Here is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site Torre de Belém as well as the Jerónimos Monastery. Go on a Sunday and you’ll score the flea market, full of tourists and locals alike.
Mercado da Ribeira - Food stalls and great local wine with some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs.
PHILIP KENNEDY - the best + must see's of LISBON - HERE
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