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Building A Likeness

Over the course of the week we will be building and rendering a life size human head to the likeness of the individuals choosing. Focussing on a solid building technique, each student will gain knowledge of using an armature and how to capture human expressions. Many surface finishes will be discussed throughout the ceramic process including slips, underglazes, glazes; along with many cold finish options, such as glue, wax, paint, and sealants. This course will have many facets perfect for a range of skill levels from beginner through advanced.

The human structure will provide a foundation for storytelling and reflection to create an art object that can become a powerful keepsake for memories and experiences. Paige will provide many demos on the many intricacies of the human face and head. Giving several images presentations on process, inspiration and materials.

Paige Wright is an artist who primarily works in clay.  She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics from The University of Montana in Missoula, Montana in 2006. Wright has participated in several artists in residence programs including the Carbondale Clay Center’s long term residency program, Red Lodge Clay Center’s year long residency program, Ohio University study abroad program at The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, and Project Network at the International Ceramics Research Center: Guldagergaard in Denmark. She received her Masters in Fine Arts with emphasis in ceramics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2012. Paige was brought back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2013 to help start and run the vessel design and production house Mazama Wares. She has held positions teaching at Ohio University, Grand Valley State University, The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Known for her expressive faces and versatile building techniques. She conducts workshops, lectures and exhibits around the country. She is currently working as the Research and Development Associate at Pratt and Larson Tile Company.


Faculty: Paige Wright

Dates: June 19-25, 2022

One-week session (Sunday morning to Saturday at noon)

Tuition: $840

Tuition, room and board: $1,710

Lab Fee: $80

Skill Level: All levels, though handbuilding experience is recommended. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

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