Points of Entry
June 13 - 18, 2021
Malcolm Mobutu Smith · malcolmmobutusmith.com
Workshop at a glance
Using thrown and altered manipulation of clay, construct and reimage historical vessels through drawing, productive disruption, and play.
- Strategies for making new ceramic forms with wheelthrown objects
- Working on the wheel
- Study and discuss historical enamel objects
- Stoneware clay
- Throwing wheel
- Expanding the wheel thrown ceramic form
- Creative experimentation and studio strategies
Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his BFA in Ceramics in 1994 and earned his MFA degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University. Smith’s vessels are inspired by the intersections of graffiti art, comic books, and organic abstraction. Hip Hop and Jazz are his motivations for invention and the unexpected.
Students will explore strategies for making and finding new forms with wheel throwing and manipulation. Using stoneware clay, participants will change, combine, and reimage thrown form with fun and challenging problems. You will study historical objects, make drawings, and learn how to create productive disruptions in our studio practice through play, experiments, and prompts. Open to all skill levels to strengthen skills and advance ideas. Learn how to find, build, and open doors to making.
COURSE FEE: $600 · materials list
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