August 17–20, 2019 10am–4:30pm
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Sculpting the Human Figure in Clay
This four-day, hands-on workshop will include live process demonstrations, improvisational exercises and hand-building and decorating techniques for sculpting the human figure in clay. We will explore various methods to sculpt the figure in an expressive way, working from memory and the imagination. A painterly approach to surface development incorporating texture, underglazes, dry clays, engobes and mark making will be addressed. All skill levels are welcome.
Debra Fritts is a studio artist working in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has national recognition for her work in ceramic sculpture through invitational exhibitions, museum exhibitions and collections, gallery representation, private collections and publications. Her sculptures are hand-built and multiple fired with a painterly glazed surface. The sculptures are a continuous story of awareness and the celebration of daily living.
Michelle Gregor sculpts the abstracted human figure in clay. Gregor’s forms apply the free, intuitive impulses of Abstract Expressionism to figurative representation. Her pieces range in dimension from a few inches tall to architectural-scale bronzes, but are unified in their sense of calm, mass and balance, simultaneously suggesting motion and repose. Perhaps best known as a colorist, her painterly, multi-layered and multi-fired approach to surface endows her sculptures with a sense of depth and the passage of time. Gregor has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. She is a tenured Professor of Art at San Jose City College.
Visit their websites here: Debra Fritts & Michelle Gregor
WORKSHOP PRICE: $525 for PS Members and PS Students; $575 for others
For further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Potters’ Studio 1221 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 528-3286
The Potters’ Studio presents a:
with Richard Burkett
September 16th or 17th, 2019
10am–3pm (1-hour lunch)
Richard Burkett is the author of HyperGlaze, a powerful, fast and easy-to-use glaze calculation and database software for ceramic artists. He has taught glaze tech classes for 30 years at San Diego State University, and glaze workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Red Deer College, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts. Richard’s HyperGlaze software is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to manipulate glaze recipes. The workshop will focus on topics such as:
· using the software to keep recipes organized and easy to find
· raising and lowering glaze firing temperatures
· adjusting glaze fit
· doing material substitutions
· learning what a glaze analysis (UMF) can tell you
· using the software to better understand glazes and how they work
A free copy of HyperGlaze (for Windows and Macintosh) will be provided to every workshop participant. Students should bring their glaze questions and problems and we’ll try to address them.
Cost: $100 Limited enrollment
The Potters’ Studio presents a:
ONE-DAY WORKSHOP with Whitney Smith
Selling is an Art: Booth Merchandising and Selling for the Holidays (or anytime)
Saturday, September 21, 10am–3pm (1-hour potluck lunch)
Making pottery is fun and puts our creative skills to work, but selling pottery while interacting with potential customers can be challenging for artists and highlights our uncertainties around selling. But most artists have to sell their own work, and buyers of handmade pottery want to make a direct connection to the artist who made the object they are purchasing.
Smooth the path between maker and buyer by using your creative and problem-solving expertise to design eye-catching booths and tempting displays that boost sales and turn merchandising into a creative project.
Learn to hone your observational skills to determine your customer type and motivate them to buy from you. Figure out how to price your work that takes into account your time and materials, but also the psychological threshold that happens in customer’s minds. Mastering the art of selling takes time and experience, but you can quickly learn a few basics that you can immediately put into action at your next sale to make you feel like you are not just an artist, but an artist who successfully sells their work.
Whitney Smith has been a potter for over two decades, working out of her studio full-time since 2000. Whitney’s work has been shown and collected across the United States as well as internationally. She has been invited to be an artist-in-residence in Japan and France, and has lectured and been interviewed extensively in print media and online about her life as a working artist. She resides in Vallejo, California.
Cost: $100 (FREE for PS members & PS students) Limited enrollment