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Posted 15 August 2014 - 04:07 PM

WS05 Kate Borcherding: Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture


Kate Borcherding

Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture

WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member


Public artist lecture Friday, 7-8pm, November 14 – RSVP [email protected]


This 2-day, fast-paced workshop explores ideas in developing narrative figurative ceramics and multiple techniques in building and finishing. Through a series of demonstrations, hand-outs (both in class and as take away resources)  and hands-on thumbnail exercises, students will become familiar with Kate’s personal approach to constructing narrative scultpure. Students will explore the process of harnessing ideas, advancing the content to form a narrative through a variety of modeling methods and surface approaches to create narrative assemblages. Demonstrations will address a variety of resource material gathering, mark-making methods, construction approaches and surface finishing techniques. Be prepared to engage mind and body for a breakthrough experience in narrative figurative ceramics.


Kate Borcherding (born October 26, 1960) is an American artist working in mixed media. Her artistic style is both neoclassical and postmodern. Her art mainly focuses on the human figure, and is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers. Her ceramic work focuses on the creation of assemblages incorporating either the human form or a personification of an object. She makes use of visual symbols which she extracts and extends from the direct observation of an environment including important cultural, architectural or technological representations. Projecting the object into the observerspsychological space compels observers to “dive in” with their own humanity as an emotive participant in order to unfold the inner narrative of the art. Through this re-living of an inner world of an important period and place a universal moment from the past becomes alive.  Borcherdings site specific environmental sculpture pushes the space relationship between object and observer even further so that the observer walks into and on the art.

Her long studio career is complemented with a commitment to art education which she fulfills thru printmaking, ceramic and life drawing workshops. She is currently developing a drawing and anatomy curriculum for online education under the moniker “Art Team”. She is also an art professor at Sam Houston State University where she has been employed since 1993. During the academic year she lives on a working horse and cattle ranch in Texas. The cool of summer is enjoyed in and around Madison, Wisconsin with her mother, artist Joan Jelinek, and her four brothers.

“Knowledge of places is therefore closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping oness position in the larger scheme of things, including ones own community". (Basso, 1996).


WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members


Contact Matthew Hyleck at [email protected] for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209



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