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Hot Clay I: The Everyday Figure

Throughout the week, we will focus on practical techniques for working figuratively in clay, and you will create a small sculpture at a scale of approximately 12-18”.

With the figure as a central metaphor, we’ll seek to find meaning and create significant content by observing, editing and re-interpreting the gestures, movements, moments, and routines of everyday life. Source material will be derived from your own bodies and photographs, as well as quick maquettes we’ll create on the first day of class.

Monica will demonstrate a variety of accessible approaches for: quickly roughing out figures, working solid, hollowing and refining, handbuilding shortcuts, and simple armatures. PowerPoint presentations on contemporary and historical artists’ very diverse approaches to the figure will provide context and inspiration for your own explorations.

Find materials list here.

Monica Van den Dool, based in Oakland, CA, received her BA from Santa Clara University and MFA from Montana State University, Bozeman and teaches ceramics and figure modeling at San Jose State University.  Named a 2002 NCECA Emerging Artist, she has exhibited at various national venues, including the San Jose Museum of Art, DeSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. Artist residencies include Archie Bray Foundation, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the LH Project. 


Age: 19 years and above

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

Tuition: $755

Lab Fee: $65

Skill Level:
All levels, though handbuilding experience is recommended.

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

Monica Van den Dool

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