The Gaze: the figure in clay – C1215-17

Date: Aug 21 - Sep 01, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Ashley Lyon

Tuition: $1,175
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Bring your ceramic craft to life in this hand building workshop that focuses on making figurative ceramic sculptures and hyper-realistic representational ceramic objects using the coil-building method. We explore using clay as a primary material, examining forms of realism and gaze (e.g., digital, external, internal, personal, political, isolated, desired, curious, gendered, filtered). Readings, discussions, class lectures and exercises cover contemporary figurative artists as well as conceptual approaches to making and looking in regard to realism and the figure.

Media & Techniques:

Large-scale coil building and alternative cold surfacing are demonstrated.


Students learn from hand building demonstrations, readings and discussions, lectures and slide presentations of related contemporary artists. We also make flexible silicon molds, press molding, and use cold (alternative) surfaces on ceramics.


Ashley Lyon received an M.F.A. in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work is shown nationally and internationally. Ashley was the Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramics at Alfred University from 2012 to 2015, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at New Jersey City University.

Ashley Lyon, Pink Dress

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