CREATIVE FLOW: Byfield potter Renton Bishopric recently returned home from a two-week ceramic art workshop in Icheon, Korea.
CREATIVE FLOW: Byfield potter Renton Bishopric recently returned home from a two-week ceramic art workshop in Icheon, Korea. Contributed

Renton gains new art outlook after traveling through Korea

BEFORE Renton Bishopric travelled to Korea for an international pottery workshop in May, he was unsure whether ceramic work was his calling.

But after spending two weeks gaining priceless experience and knowledge about the craft, the Byfield artist said it reaffirmed his passion for pottery.

Renton told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week he had received news he had been invited to attend the workshop in the city of Icheon, Korea in the week following Cyclone Marcia.

"It was a relief to get some good news at such a hard time and an absolute honour to be the Australian representative at this international workshop, held as part of the Icheon International Ceramics Festival Biennale," Renton said.

"There were 16 international artists and 24 Korean artists involved in the two-week workshop, with the focus on sharing knowledge and skills and creating international networks for the Korean artists. The highlight for me was working with the Korean ceramic masters and learning new skills from these potters who have over 40 years' experience in their trade.

"It was a very encouraging but also humbling and challenging experience and, in hindsight, just what I needed to make me realise what path I want to take with my work and the opportunities that exist in ceramics at this point in time globally."

The talented artist said the first five days of the workshop program were spent working together with 40 artists under one roof, creating both wheel thrown pottery and sculptural ceramic pieces.

Renton with a fellow artist during the workshops in Icheon.
Renton with a fellow artist during the workshops in Icheon. Contributed

"The volume of work that was created in those few days was amazing ," he said.

Since returning from Korea just a few weeks ago Renton has already been invited to attend other upcoming ceramic events in China, Thailand and Japan.

"The opportunity to attend this workshop in Korea has been amazing for me and it will go down as a significant point in my life. The international networks that I now have to build on will benefit my career for the rest of my life," he said.

Renton was nominated for the workshop by internationally recognised Australian potter Rowley Drysdale, with the trip being made possible with funding support from Livingstone Shire Council's RADF, Keppel Coast Arts and Artslink Queensland.

For more information visit Renton Bishopric's website, which is http://www.rentonbishopric.com.



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