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Notions of Sway: Adding Wire and Suspension Elements to Ceramic Form

June 9 - 14, 2024

Leandra Urrutia  ·  leandraurrutia.com

Workshop at a glance

Energize your sculpture by exploring the possibilities of appendages and hanging elements in this technique-provoking workshop. Learn how to add to clay forms after they are fired using wire, filament, and stick witchery.


  • Learn to use metal wire to create appendage-like additions for ceramic form
  • Learn to use filament to suspend objects from ceramic form
  • Learn how to layer forms on top of a ceramic base
  • Learn how to use their existing skills as a prelude


  • A dark [red] clay body
  • Throwing and hand-building tools
  • Small press molds
  • Plaster
  • Wax resist


  • One or more small-scale sculptures with multiple parts attached using filament and/or wire
  • Methods for layering delicate parts on top of a ceramic base
  • The ability to manipulate metal to form loops for hanging parts and other attachment strategies
  • Knowledge about adhesives
  • Knowledge about creating holes for wire and string
  • Options for making additions permanent or temporary

Artist Bio

Leandra Urrutia is an object maker, storyteller, and educator based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Borrowing parts of the human form, she makes powerful compositions and installations that showcase her wild and unconventional creative sense. Her Mexican American heritage, Catholic upbringing, interest in aggressive sports, and visits to China continue to bring an unorthodox influence to the ceramic and mixed media sculptures she dreams up. Recent honors and awards include an upcoming Windgate Artist-in-Residence award at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia and a McKnight Residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Examples of her work can be found in the Lark Book Series 500 Figures in Clay and 500 Ceramic Sculptures, and her sculpture can be found in the permanent collections of national and international collectors and museums. Leandra is head of Ceramics at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Workshop Description

Have you ever felt the need to engineer delicate or elaborate add-ons to your ceramic work? This workshop offers strategies for suspending, layering, and adding appendages to otherwise static form. It also provides options for temporarily and permanently installing multi-part adornment to a sculptural base. Explore the witchery of using wire, filament, and wood to make nuanced ceramic sculpture. Students will use their existing skills to construct the parts to work with. Everyone will develop at least one object base and outfit it with small hanging or protuberance additions to create a dynamic final composition. Expect to brainstorm ideas as you experiment with symbols relating to your creative vision. Open to all skill levels.


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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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