SPONTANEOUS CLAY

Sculpting with PAPERCLAY

Sculptor, Michele Collier, will lead the exploration the evocative power of figurative sculpture using slabs of PAPERCLAY.

We will leave behind the hinderances of regular clay and break a few rules as we let our creativity soar. Experienced artists will learn new skills and beginners will feel comfortable using this hybrid clay for the first time.

In slab form, this clay can be twisted, folded, squeezed and torn to mimick the human form. Because of the wicking properties that come from the paper additives, it will easily adhere to itself…no scoring or slipping needed. We will break some rules and also learn some new ones as you delve into this modern, user-friendly medium. Surface treatment will be discussed and recipe sheets for the stains and oxides will be provided.

We will be creating a full torso sculpture with a focus on expressing a sense of “story” or an emotion by using body movement and the placement of heads and hands. As an added component Michele encourages each person to include a muse in the form of an animal. What is your muse?

Michele discovered clay at the age of 18. She  learned traditional forms on a kick-wheel at Sacramento City College, Sacramento Ca. In those days functional work was the gold standard. Hands-on clay has been a touchstone for her ever since. Throughout careers in both commercial and fine art, clay was the one medium she could return to when she needed to restore focus and sense of self. 

Dates: July 7 & 8 10:00AM – 4:00PM (we will take one hour for lunch) 
Registration Fee:$220 (registration includes one sack of PAPERCLAY)       click here to REGISTER NOW!

Join Michele for a free introductory lecture and demo:
Friday, July 6  7–9PM

 

 

Students should bring to class:

WOODEN ROLLING PIN (no metal or stone please…the clay will stick)
RED RUBBER RIB (red, because it’s the softest)
SMOOTH METAL RIB (no serrated edges)
CUTTING WIRE
YOUR FAVORITE WOODEN CLAY TOOLS
12 X 20  BOARD (you will build your wall-hung sculpture on this)
*(optional) SMALL PASTRY CONE

CLAY…one bag of clay is included with your registration fee. More will be available at $20.00 a bag.

We will not be firing, but Paper clay transports well in the green state. I will cover a process for preserving your work without firing. As well as recipe sheets for my finishes.

 

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