Step into a new realm of sculpture in this dynamic workshop that challenges students to sculpt both the familiar and the strange. We begin with observing reference imagery to establish lifelike proportions while simultaneously remaining open to the expressive potential of deviation from realism. The instructor shares her methods for hollow-building figures with clay, determining proportions, and sculpting bodily details, while also discussing scale, color, stylization and the uncanny. Image presentations and readings supplement hands-on work by introducing a range of approaches and ideas within contemporary figuration.
We use hollow construction using pinching and coil building techniques in addition to surface techniques using slips, paint, ribs and brushes. We work with a mid-range sculpture stoneware and fire in oxidation. Some hand building experience is helpful for this workshop.
Students learn from morning and afternoon demonstrations, hands-on work, one-on-one instruction, readings, discussions and image presentations related to contemporary figurative sculpture.
Christina West received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Alfred University. She was a 2006 – 2007 Lillian Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. Christina exhibits her work extensively across the country and is an associate professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta.