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Hot Clay I: Organic Abstraction

Join us as we study and explore throwing and altering vessels in stoneware or porcelain. You will begin with wheel-thrown forms and combine them with either coiled, extruded or slab-built additions. On bisque samples you bring to class, you will work with latex, wax and vinyl paper to prepare for glaze application. José will demonstrate the application of layered glazes to create intricate and detailed patterns. In an effort to balance form and glazing, you will experiment with a variety of surface treatments, fired between cone 8 and 10. You may also use your bisque pieces for glaze experimentation.

Find materials list here.

José Sierra, from Mérida, Venezuela, is a self-taught artist. He was introduced to ceramics at the University of the Andes in Mérida where he learned the basic skills of mixing clay, glazes, as well as wheel throwing, before he began working professionally as a ceramist and sculptor. In 2000, José moved to the US, and he now lives in New Mexico. His ever-evolving work explores structure, pattern, proportion, symmetry, order, harmony and rhythm, and fuses organic forms with abstract elements.  

Instagram: @JoseSierraCeramics

Age: 19 years and above

June 14-19, 2021
One-week session (Monday to Saturday noon)

Tuition: $755

Lab Fee: $65

Skill Level:
Skilled beginning to advanced (basic throwing skills required)

Enrollment is limited to 6 students. (Capacity may increase to 8 pending changes in Health Guidelines from the CDC and local authorities.)

José Sierra

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