Ariel demonstrates solid building techniques for making animals, while her mother Sweety Bowman demonstrates how to throw animal forms using the wheel. Students will learn new forming methods, how to make animal textures, and other elements like pillows, blankets, and clothing. Glazing and surfacing for animal sculpture is also demonstrated.
1-2 Day Hands On Workshop
No armatures needed for this small sculpture workshop! Participants will sculpt animals of their choosing from a solid block of clay. This workshop covers the basics of sculpting animals using the solid built method to quickly capture expressive gesture and movement in animal subjects. Demonstrations include techniques for understanding animal anatomy and sculpting various animal textures. This workshop is great for ceramic artists of all levels including beginners.
Snouts and Snarls
2 Day Hands-on Workshop
Description: In this workshop participants will create a 12’’-14’’ tall detailed clay head portrait of the animal of their choice. Demonstrations will include armatures and solid building methods for animal sculpture and forming techniques with a focus on animal expression and realistic textures. Animals can display a wide range of expressions through gaze and facial movements such as snarling, roaring, and yawning. These larger head portraits will allow participants to explore creating details like eyes, teeth, tongues, and tusks in clay. Sculptures will be designed as busts or to hang on the wall.
Animals in Clay
3-5 Day Hands-on Workshop
This more advanced workshop participants will create medium sized sculptures (14-18 inches) using armatures, and solid building techniques. Participants will sculpt animals of their choosing with a focus on creating larger works using armatures. animal anatomy and proportions, textures and details. Other demonstrations include hollowing, reassembly and firing techniques for larger works. This workshop is best for those with previous experience working in ceramics.
Modeling Animals Demonstration
2-4 Hour Demonstration Workshop
Students can observe how Ariel solid builds a clay sculpture of an animal along with the step by step process of hollowing and reassembly. This demonstration focuses on animal anatomy, expression, and gesture, as well as medium scale building. This demonstration also includes a variety of animal texture techniques. Includes an optional 30 minute lecture on large scale building and associated techniques and materials.
Molds and Multiples Demonstration
3 Hour Demonstration Workshop
Students will learn to make various types of plaster molds including press molds, and multiple piece molds for slip casting. Demonstration will include an overview of casting slip techniques and information as well as how to assemble slip cast parts into larger forms.
Silicone Molds and Texture Mat Demonstration 2 Hour Demonstration Workshop
Students will learn to how to make and use silicone molds and texture mats for ceramic sculpture. Make amazing complex textures in clay using silicone molds and press mold complex forms that can be added to existing forms.
Cold Finish Demonstration
3 Hour Demonstration Workshop
Cold Finishes are surface options for non-functional ceramics and sculpture that are an alternative to glazes. They do not have to be fired and can range from every kind of paint, to faux bronze, metallics, stains, and pigments. This workshop will cover a variety of materials as well as demonstrations of different ways to use them. Handouts will be given out with a list of the materials covered and where they can be purchased.
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