Clay Roots, Ceramic Sculpture
June 2 - 7, 2024
KC Weldon · kcweldon.com
Workshop at a glance
This workshop will focus on narrative clay works based in handbuilding and surface imagery.
- Coil building
- Slab building
- Underglaze painting,
- Brush-on, airbrush, and dip glazing
- An understanding of basic clay handbuilding processes
- Ceramic hand-painting techniques
- Layering surface imagery with slip, underglaze, and glaze
KC Weldon is an artist and art educator living in Chicago. Originally from Birmingham, AL, her art education started at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. Weldon earned her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship Award, and received her MFA at Kendall College of Art and Design. She currently teaches at Chicago High School for the Arts, and has taught workshops at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency. Her work has been shown at Northeastern Illinois University Gallery, Rockford University, Woman Made Gallery, and Wausau Center for the Arts.
Gary L. White is a native of Nashville, born and raised. White received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Watkins College of Art and Design in 2011 and received his MFA in Ceramics from The University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2021. White is a Belmont Faculty Fellow 2022 and teaches Ceramics at Belmont University. His works have been exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions throughout the country. White conducts a cross-cultural visual investigation, that records folkways, identity, and the experiences of the “Southern Other” in both historical and contemporary times.
This workshop will focus on clay handbuilding, ceramic surface imagery, and poetic narrative. Students will learn basic handbuilding and surface imagery techniques including coil building, slab building, sgraffito, underglaze layering, and various glazing processes. Each student will create ceramic works that use their own culture and roots for clay-based storytelling and will analyze and borrow from the long history of narrative in ceramic sculpture. The instructors will share their practices, give demonstrations, and present slides to encourage and inspire students to create works that go beneath the surface, under the mud, and to the roots. Through clay, sweat, and a little soul searching, this week-long workshop is sure to ignite passion for narrative ceramic sculpture.
COURSE FEE: $690
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