Finding Your Form Through Nature ・ Alice Ballard・ Clay
This workshop focuses on hand-building utilizing a variety of methods. Using nature and the beautiful environment of Arrowmont as inspiration, students will create work in clay that captures the essence of the natural stuff they collect. The work created serves as vessels or containers for your collection of treasures. Techniques that participants discover include pinching, slab work, the dowel method. Earthenware will be the clay and work created early in the week will be fired. Students will also learn how to make and use terra sigillata in a variety of ways to enhance the surface of their work in clay. They will also learn about underglaze and glaze and the differences. Making a group of test tiles will be optional. A sawdust firing in metal trash cans will wrap up the week. Open to all skill levels.
Alice Ballard received her MA from the University of Michigan and a Fulbright Scholarship to study in India. She taught ceramics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities for 10 years and she lives and works in South Carolina. Ballard received a MAC grant to study for a summer in China and was invited to the International Ceramic Colony in Macedonia. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick, Mint Museums and Greenville County Museum of Art. Most recently she received an honorary Doctorate Degree in the Fine Arts from Wofford College, SC.