This week, we'll stay close to home and visit our neighbors at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, MA to work with the amazing Clive Sithole! Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa and has traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He has led workshops internationally, traveling to Nigeria to study the Udu ceramic drum, and to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, to work with Magdalene Odundo. In 2018, Clive presented a workshop with Zulu potters Jabu Nala and Thembe Nala, demonstrating their traditional and contemporary coil building techniques and surface treatments. In 2019, Clive came to the US to be Mudflat's 2019-2020 Artist in Residence.
We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!
About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.
Session 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)* ***WAITLIST ONLY*** Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor:Kathy King
Course description: Join Harvard Ceramics Program Director Kathy King in exploring hand building techniques that will provide the canvas for surface design. Whether carving on the clay itself, utilizing basic slips or underglazes to use at home, students will explore composition, narrative and build a vocabulary of imagery and/or pattern systems. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, mishima, impressed patterns and a few other surprises!
We're off to Ohio to visit the studio of master potter and sculptor Brad Schwieger. During this one-hour studio visit, Brad will discuss his artistic journey and the parallels he finds between architecture and pottery. "Like architecture, pottery deals with elements of form and structure, interior/exterior, utility or containment, surface detail and adornment. I have attempted to synthesize these interests and produce work that shares the minimal and complex, the miniature and monumental, the formal elements of design, the implied and the possibility of actual function." - Brad Schwieger
We are honored to have the opportunity to visit one of the most important voices in the the field of ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting and drawing - Arthur Gonzalez! We will visit with Arthur in his California studio to discuss how he has crafted a career not defined by any one process or material but instead with his own unique brand of storytelling. From the artist's website: "Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur Gonzalez's works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. Gonzalez's creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience."
Harvard undergraduates! Looking for a well to relax, make art and be in a welcoming community? The Office for the Arts is offering a lineup of visual arts courses this fall for all skill levels. Also, meet the Narrative Photography instructor Anne Eder.
Sesssion 2: October 29, November 5 and 12 (3 classes) Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Ben Eberle
In the past six months, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will incude purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs and best practice for recycling clay. Students will bring their own questions and concerns to the table and will soon by on their way to working productively at home!
Grab your Zoom passport as we are traveling to Glasgow, Scotland to visit with ceramic sculptor, Susan O'Byrne! Susan gave a lecture at the Harvard Ceramics Program this past year while traveling in the US and she left our audience wanting to see her process in person! We will visit with Susan and learn more about her process though a demonstration during this 2-hour visit!
This week, we'll go to Albany, Ohio to visit April Felipe. April explores themes of personal history, identity and belonging through her ceramic work. In this 1-hour studio visit, April will invite us into her home studio to discuss her incredibly crafted sculptural work as well as give us a look at what she is working on now!
Session 1: September 15 - October 6 (4 classes) Session 2: October 13 - November 3 (4 classes) Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Harvard Undergraduates only Instructor:Anne Eder - read an interview with Anne Eder on the Harvard Arts Blog. Course description:Working within the framework of photography, students will use their smartphone camera to document the world around them. Documenting personal narratives is important work as it will become part of the history of this time. We will begin with an intimate COVID portraiture/documentary project that speaks to confinement, environment and family. We will then explore a more imaginative and illustrative approach to visualizing the narrative that they would have preferred or had hoped for, or an alternative fictional story. Builds technical skills and develops visual literacy. No special equipment needed other than a smart phone or camera and an internet connection. Photo credit - Kristen Joy Emack... Read more about Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students
Session 2: October 12 - November 2 (4 classes) Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced - Harvard Undergraduate Students Only Instructor: Deighton Abrams
Course description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to nurture creativity. Creative activity can significantly lessen stress in the body, regardless of the artistic experience or talent. Each class focuses on one of the core mindfulness practices. Explore a range of modes of self-expression including collage, drawing, playing with words, writing poetry, papier-mâché and salt dough sculpting.
Session 2: October 30 - December 11 (6 classes)* Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST) Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin
Course Description: Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the class. Photo shown: Flameware by Diane Lulek, HCP Staff.