Explore the potential of clay to be a surface for painting, drawing, and illustration. We use traditional hand-building techniques to make forms that translate nicely into the two-dimensional world of the representational or abstract. The instructor introduces a variety of ideas about compositional organization, color theory and surface enhancement. Students will create unique vessels and objects that use elements of craft, art and design as a point of departure for creativity.
Students have the option of working with either stoneware or porcelain clay. We will use a variety of decorative techniques using underglaze and colored slips to enhance the surface of your pots and other ceramic objects. Paintbrushes, needle tools, sponges, guitar string and toothbrushes are some of the tools used for decoration. Glaze kilns will be fired to mid range temperatures.
Individual studio time is the top priority. Demonstrations and slide presentations to help guide you through the creative process. As projects and ideas develop more time is allowed for individual conversations about creativity and discussions relating to intent, content, and process.
Stuart Asprey is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His award-winning, irreverently-humored artwork regularly exhibits throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.