I've done animal building workshops in the past and taught ceramics at the colleges and at private studios, but this is the 1st time I'll be sharing my building techniques with a class! Most of my sculptural work is done using a solid build method that I hollow out. Over the years I slowly evolved into this style of building. I tried slab and coil with an occasional pinch-pot method in there, but usually ended up struggling in getting a more organic, gestural flow in the piece. I loved doing solid builds but hated the time consuming (and reclaim process of the inside clay) hollowing out. After many, many, many sculptures I finally realized, solid build helps me bring my imagination to reality. And with that, I also had to embrace all that process entails. So with a little attitude adjustment, I have learned to enjoy hollowing out and even reclaiming that clay.
And with all that, I am excited to share my techniques and tips and tricks. In the workshop, the student will be making the animal (or creature) of their choice. I will teach a bit of anatomy, demo building techniques and give one-on-one help to each student. The class is gonna be small so everyone can get lots of individual attention and end the weekend with something they are proud of.