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"Clay Adornment: Object & Identity" with Sharif Bey

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July 23 to July 27 and/or July 30 to August 3 Sharif Bey teaches Clay Adornment: Object & Identity at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA. This two week and or week long workshop is open to all levels. Tuition is either $900 or $495 depending on the workshop length chosen. NCECA and Pottery Council members receive 5% off tuition, and Touchstone is offering a 15% discount on lodging options for summer workshops. Click on the workshop title to sign up!


During this session participants will use earthenware clays and mixed media to create functional and sculptural objects that challenge and expand notions of object, ritual, function and adornment. We will explore pinch, coil, press-mold and thrown and altered forms to construct objects of cultural, historical, political and personal meaning. Participants will additionally experiment with various alternative low-firing methods including sawdust (open pit), faux foil, low-temperature salt and sagger-firings. We will further develop our unique surfaces by layering non-ceramic materials such as nail and shoe polishes, paste wax, permanent markers and acrylic and spray paint in addition to glazes, oxides, slips and terrasigilattas. (Participants have the option of enrolling in one or both sessions.)

Sharif Bey is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University. Bey began his career in ceramics as a high school student at the Manchester Craftsmens Guild in Pittsburgh. He has since earned a BFA, in ceramics, from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A from The University of North Carolina and a PhD in Art Education from Penn State University. In addition to his active teaching career, Bey continues to exhibit nationally and internationally. In 2010 Bey completed a commission of three large-scale wall sculptures for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, and also represented the United States in Vendsyssel, Denmark’s SCANCERM international ceramics exhibition. In 2003-2004 Bey was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in sculpture as an artist in residence at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Bey has additionally taken residence as an artist at The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hunter College in New York City and the Vermont Studio Center.



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