Workshop in Mexico
January 22-26, 2024
Location: Estudio Lorietta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hand Building Sculptural Forms with Paper Clay / Jerry Bennett
Many rules that govern regular clay do not apply to paper clay. Paper clay, or as many people call it, fiber clay, is the process in ceramics where artists add cellulose fibers to plastic clay. These fibers burn out after the first firing leaving only the clay remaining. Adding these fibers makes the clay easier to work with. Jerry Bennett, a leading international paper clay artist, will conduct a hands-on five-day workshop allowing students to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms, emphasizing three-dimensional design.
Develop a personal vision of hand-building techniques for creating sculptural forms in this class designed for students with some prior experience with clay, but all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations focus on slab construction, but students can experiment with coil building, pinching, or other methods that meet their needs. This class will use various material techniques, including paper clay, decorating techniques, underglaze techniques, textures, colored slips, and glaze applications. This class will provide specific instruction from the instructor for advancing your work to a higher level through 3/D projects and assignments. Each student will then work independently. There will be individual and group instruction and critiques. We will complete a bisque and glaze firing during the workshop.
The video training will be offered free to students taking the class through Teachable.com on how to make paper clay.
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Contact: Jerry Bennett. 215-432-2878. or firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to Paper Clay
Jerry Bennett a leading international paper clay artists will conduct a hands-on workshop which will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms and functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials.
Together with the instructor’s distinctive perspectives, experiences and techniques, students will explore innovative construction techniques, how to make paper clay, bonding materials, texture and decoration techniques, problem solving related to repair work, rapid working with clay, reducing shrinkage and many other sculptural considerations.
Participants in the hands-on workshop will receive clay materials and handouts that will provide valuable information about clay and glaze formulas, suppliers, practical applications for clay formulas.
Prequel Public Lecture (at venue request)
Two day to One Week Hands-on Workshop including:
· Individual and Group Instructor Demonstrations
· Slide Presentations
· Individual Instructor Classes
· Group Instructor Critique
· Panel Discussion
· At least one firing
· Additional Weekend Workshop (before or after main workshop)
· Additional Demonstration Event for larger audience
Recomended Class Size:
$600/day per instructor plus expenses (Hotel, Travel, and Supplies such as clay)
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Jerry Bennett is a key figure in what he terms the exploding field of paper clay. He works uniquely, combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world. Bennett was a resident artist at the Philadelphia Clay Studio, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975. Bennett has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the United States. In 2005, he was an honored guest at the first International Paper Clay Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2012 he was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. He is currently an active studio artist in Philadelphia, teaches locally, and runs the Two Rivers Studio.
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