Otakar Sliva is teacher for Fine Arts.
Born and grown up in Czechoslowakia, he studied Sculpture and Teaching Fine Arts. After emigration to Austria more than 20 years ago, he continued his pedagogical as well as his artistic work and organized holiday workshops in several countries.
As a well known ceramist he travels to International Ceramic Markets and shows his work in some galleries in Europe and U.S.A.
In study trips to Japan (2003), USA. (2004, 2005) and China (2013) he develops his personal style and meets like-minded colleages from all over the world.
He teaches modelling figures in clay, Raku firing, the combination from paperclay with other materials and other advantages and properties of paperclay.
Astrid Sänger is a ceramist.
Born and grown up near Vienna, Austria. After graduation from highschool, apprenticeship as a bookseller and - after many years experimenting with clay -1998-2000 Technical School for Ceramics and Tile Stove Building, Stoob (A).
She was gathering work experience for several months in Bavaria (G) and Saigon (Vietnam). (1999, 2000) 2001 she moved to Burgenland with Otakar Sliva.
Since then she is self-employed continuing her artistic work, modelling figures and forms from clay. They are Raku fired or glazed with colourful patterns.
She participates at ceramic shows and exhibitions since 1997 in Austria, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland and others.
Playing with perspective and exaggerating proportions led her to long legged and "big foot" human figures, which were getting kind of a trademark.
Streched perspective leeds to another point of view and meaning.
Look at her website www.astridsaenger.at.
During the workshops she will offer you lunch and dinner and -if necessary- help you with her assistance.
She also teaches the workshop "Throwing the wheel" in April.