DATES: August 3 – 14, 2015
SKILL LEVEL: Open to all
CONCEPT: Ceramic forms have depended on the interior space/void throughout history to define both symbolic meaning and formal structure. The outside surfaces of ceramic forms have often been thought of as a decorative surface with applied patterning, typically painted onto the surface. In this workshop, explore the concept of how form and surface are integrated as one body, where the surface skin and shape become unified. Improvisation and experimentation are at the forefront of the making process while you explore personal ideas that might range from the political, social mores and concepts like beauty.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students create hollow forms using handbuilding techniques in white stoneware clay and colored slips. Slab construction will be the primary building element. Simple plaster mold making techniques will be examined – how to cast slip, press molds and integrating these techniques into the assembly of the hollow forms. Work will be fired using atmospheric style firing in soda kilns.
ACTIVITIES: We learn through daily demonstrations, contemporary and historical presentations of ceramic art and group and personal discussions about individual projects.
FACULTY: Barry Bartlett is a studio artist in Chatham, NY and is a Professor at Bennington College, Bennington, VT. He received his M.F.A. from Alfred University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. www.barry-bartlett.squarespace.com
Tuition: $975 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1375
Studio Fee: $155