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John Donovan - Jul 12-16, 2019 - FIGURATIVE MYTH(OLOGY) - $606.50 $606.50 Workshop Description: Figurative Myth(ology) will be an exploration of hand-building techniques in clay with the intent of creating abstracted or fragmented figurative forms imbued with personal narrative content. Bring your sketchbook and favorite marking-stick, as drawing will be used as a tool for idea generation and later for planning and problem solving. The core concepts at play will be combining slab and coil building processes and working on multiple forms simultaneously to gain and maintain creative inertia. A working knowledge of basic/introductory building techniques (wedging, coil & slab building, pinch and modeling of clay) is required, but advanced clay experience is not. REGISTER HERE ALL LEVELS. INTRODUCTORY HAND BUILDING SKILLS ARE HANDY. Session runs July 12-16, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. Fee includes tuition + materials fee + studio fee. Students may be asked to bring some additional items. Materials include 50 lbs. of clay and 2 firings. Additional clay will be available for purchase. Artist Bio: John Donovan is a Nashville-based ceramic artist striving to maintain an active exhibition, academic and studio production career. John earned his BFA from Loyola University, New Orleans, in 1994 and MA & MFA degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas in 1996 & 1997, and presently teaches ceramics and 3-D design at Belmont University. John is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans and Zeitgeist Art Gallery in Nashville, with work regularly appearing in nationally and internationally juried and invitational shows. Noteworthy exhibits include the 2005 World Ceramic Biennale International Competition (3rd edition) in Icheon, South Korea, the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2008, and a major “mid-career” solo exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2013. John received the 2011-12 Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft Media from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2016 John branched out from his sculptural career and established Tenure Ceramics LLC, focusing on the design and production of custom ceramic tableware for both restaurant and home. www.tenureceramics.com
Workshop Description: In this 5 day workshop, students will explore combining basic techniques into anything but basic pottery. Throughout the workshop, A. Blair Clemo will demonstrate his unique approach for combining wheel throwing, handbuilding and press molding to make utilitarian pottery. Instruction will also cover beginning mold-making techniques resulting in a variety of one-part press molds. With an emphasis on experimentation, expect a workshop that will encourage innovation and exploration for participants. Students of all skill levels are welcome. REGISTER HERE ALL LEVELS Session runs June 21 - 25, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. Fee includes tuition + materials fee + studio fee. Students may be asked to bring some additional items. Materials include 25 lbs. of clay and 2 firings. Additional clay is available for purchase. Artist Bio: Blair Clemo is an artist and Ceramics Area Head in the department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2010. Clemo has been an Artist in Residence at The Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China), the Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany), The Jingdezhen International Studio (Jingdezhen, China) and The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemét, Hungary) funded by the 2013 NCECA International Partnership Grant. Clemo’s utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. For more information visit his website at www.ablairclemo.com
Tea Bowls: Form Function & Beauty www.pocosinarts.org Explore the processes and aesthetics of making winter and summer tea bowls for Tea Ceremony. Learn about the architecture of tea bowls, the art of trimming tea bowl feet including: aesthetics, proportions, preparing clay bodies, wheel, hand forming and carving methods, throwing off the mound to achieve fluid tea bowl forms. ALL LEVELS some clay experience handy Session runs October 4 – 7, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $375 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: KRISTIN MULLER is a studio artist who began her study of Chawan making with Peter Callas and Takao Okazaki in 1994. She purchased Okazaki’s studio and anagama kiln in 2000 and completed an MFA thesis focused on Tea Bowl forming and firing techniques in 2014. Kristin is also the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft, adjunct faculty at Hood College, author of The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Guide to Hand Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics and co-author of Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman. www.Kristinmuller.com $410