Building to Draw, Drawing to Build
June 9 - 14, 2024
Malcolm Mobutu Smith · malcolmmobutusmith.com
Workshop at a glance
Using and making graphic prompts for building form in clay.
- Wheel thrown construction techniques
- Drawing tools
- Colored slips and underglazes
- Experimental forms
- Transforming visual prompts into experimental and generative making habits
Malcolm Mobutu Smith is associate professor of ceramic art and director of graduate studies in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Smith earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lectures and residencies. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections both nationally and internationally including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Eskenazi Museum of Art. He is represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia.
Using both wheel and hand building techniques, in this workshop students will create vessel sculptures motivated by experimental drawings, collages and doodles. These prompts will lay the groundwork for engaging the materials and methods of the wheel thrown parts, coil or slab made elements. Students will look at and discover relationships and potential in forms through drawings exploiting line, shape and graphic composition. Students will develop or deepen an agency for translating ideas from the two dimensional to the physical world of clay.
COURSE FEE: $690
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