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Chimeric Clay

October 6 - 11, 2024

G.V. Kelley  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, students will tap into the very human tradition of creating their own narrative mythologies through chimeric sculpture. In this workshop students will consider impactful meanings behind different types of chimeric combinations, and what they’d like to communicate with them. Students will combine reference images to dream up different ways to create hybridized creatures, and explore various hand building and texturing techniques to make detailed and dynamic forms.


  • Hand building the figure and animals
  • Use various reference materials to create hybrids
  • Use carving and tools for dynamic texture
  • Use various hand building techniques in tandem


  • Clay


  • How to develop and express complex concepts from a narrative hybridized figure
  • Creatively and thoughtfully combine forms from animals and humans to create something new
  • Basic anatomical explorations



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

G.V. Kelley is a nonbinary artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. They received dual baccalaureate degrees in Ceramics and Earth Science from San Francisco State University in 2012. They worked as a studio assistant in the Ceramics Department at SFSU before pursuing post baccalaureate study at the University of Florida in 2015. G.V received a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from U.F. in 2019 and has since done long-term residencies at art centers and private studios around the country. They are currently operating out of Wheelhouse Studios in Sausalito, CA. GV is represented by Charlie Cummings Gallery, Antler Gallery, and KINK Contemporary Gallery. Their work is also included in the permanent collection at the Canton Museum of Art. GV makes figurative ceramic work that explores ideas about non-binary gender identity through the hybridized animal/human as metaphor, with references to fantasy and science fiction.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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