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.
Do you have a great idea for a feature film or TV show, but aren’t sure where to start? The OFA is hosting a series of three hands-on workshops – led by young alumni working professionally in their fields – for pitching, directing and producing your film debut. SPACE IS LIMITED (15 slots...
Do you have a great idea for a feature film or TV show, but aren’t sure where to start? The OFA is hosting a series of three hands-on workshops – led by young alumni working professionally in their fields – for pitching, directing and producing your film debut. SPACE IS LIMITED (15 slots), and...
Do you have a great idea for a feature film or TV show, but aren’t sure where to start? The OFA is hosting a series of three hands-on workshops – led by young alumni working professionally in their fields – for pitching, directing and producing your film debut. SPACE IS LIMITED...
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."
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!
Let's travel to beautiful Durango, Colorado to visit full-time studio potter Lorna Meaden. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Lorna will focus on thrown forms such as beautiful pouring vessels and the more unexpected forms like juicers! Lorna will discuss her surface techniques of incising and embedding color to enhance her forms that are then fired in a wood/soda kiln.
During this visit we travel to the mountains of North Carolina to visit potter and educator Kent McLaughlin. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Kent will focus on thrown and altered stacked forms. Kent McLaughlin and his wife Suze Lindsay work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring salt and reduction kilns.
During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personalexperiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels.