Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a ceramicist, sculptor, and educator. His work explores objects, text, bodies, and patterns abstracted through a diaspora lens and the aesthetics of craft. Baralaye’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He is currently an assistant professor in Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Ebitenyefa's Upcoming Workshops
Students have advanced skills and knowledge of the ceramics field. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have a portfolio of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.
Aug 14 - 25, 2023
The Center: The Mold and Matrix: Ceramic Process and Narrative Form
Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Del Harrow
This three-year mentorship program is intended for ceramic artists interested in critical feedback as well as being immersed in a creative community who are at a point of transition in their lives, careers, or artistic practices. Emphasis is placed on seeking connections, metaphors, and symmetries between processes for forming clay and developing ways of generating meaning. The objects we make tell stories and propose worlds. A coil or mold are both techniques for forming clay and also propositions about the meaningful interface of material, body, mind, economy, and culture. We focus on ways stories emerge from physical objects and how narratives give structure to physical form. We welcome participants from many different backgrounds and experiences, centering on work in clay but with the potential for different outcomes: work in other materials, writing, sculpture or design. This is the first year of a 3-year program; please note that the cost of tuition, studio fee, and the registration fee is per year. If you have an interest in joining this program, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply. Please contact Andrea Jenkins Wallace for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org