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Hollow Building at Any Scale

May 26 - 31, 2024

Andrèa Keys Connell  ·  andreakeys.com

Workshop at a glance

Large or small, we can do it all- with these hollow building techniques.


  • Hollow building with clay
  • Figurative storytelling
  • Large scale building
  • Sculpture clay bodies
  • Firing schedules


  • Clay


  • Students will build a bust in the workshop (it will not be fired during the workshop)

Artist Bio

Andréa Keys Connell is an Associate Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University. She is a former Fountainhead Fellow and served as the Head of the Clay Area in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCU from 2010–17. Andréa’s work has been featured in a number of national and international publications and she has widely exhibited her work. She has had 19 solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums since 2009, including The Florida Holocaust Museum and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Andréa also works on large-scale public art commissions such as the See Also endowment commission with the Cleveland Public Library. Along with exhibiting her work and teaching at Appalachian State, Andréa has taught workshops on figure sculpting at various craft schools across the country including Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

  • Andrèa Keys Connell
  • Andrèa Keys Connell
  • Andrèa Keys Connell
  • Andrèa Keys Connell

Workshop Description

In this class, students will build narrative busts utilizing hollow building techniques. Through demonstrations, the instructor will show students how to build in ways that allow imagination to take over, in order to build dimensional narratives through complex forms. This workshop will explore self supporting structures, shaping the clay from the inside, out, and how to build with confidence. The instructor will share with information on sculpture clay bodies that will work with you, not against you, and helpful firing schedules when firing large and complex forms.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


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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