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Play with Paperclay and Glaze

Paperclay is a very forgiving material that has been widely used by ceramic artists over the years both in sculptural work and functional pieces. This workshop will provide an introduction to the properties of paperclay and we will gain basic knowledge of it. Students will learn to prepare their own porcelain paperclay. We will experiment with various construction methods such as pinch pot, slab, coil, slip-trailing, and dipping found objects to explore the possibilities of incorporating paperclay in your own practice. At the same time, we will also touch on the topic of colorants and glazes. We are going to discuss some unconventional approaches in terms of using clay and glazes. Daily demonstrations, discussions of contemporary artworks and individual conversations will be included. Individual projects are encouraged to develop along the class.

Shiyuan Xu was born in Hangzhou, P.R China, currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. Shiyuan received her BA (2012) in Ceramics from China Academy of Art, and an MFA (2016) from Arizona State University. Shiyuan is the recipient of 2017 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist and 2021 NCECA Emerging Artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work has been added to the permanent collections at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Archie Bray Foundation, Korea Ceramic Foundation and the National Museum of Slovenia.


Faculty: Shiyuan Xu

Dates: June 12-18, 2022

Tuition: $840

Tuition, room and board: $1,710

Lab Fee: $80

Skill Level: Beginners (with fundamental experience in hand-building) and above.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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