For the summer of 2016 I will have the opportunity to work diligently within my own studio as well as nationally. I will spend this summer at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Anderson Ranch. The workshops will consist of Buon Fresco: The Act of Painting onto Wet Plaster with Michael Nichols as well as the Introduction to Mold Making: Small One Part Molds and Sprigs with Paul Andrew Wandless. During my time at Anderson Ranch I will attend the workshop Hand Built Vessels: Clay as Canvaswith John Gill, Andrea Gill, and Stuart Asprey. All three of these workshops will expand my knowledge and visual vocabulary in my areas of interest and introduce me to new techniques within my practice as an artist.
The goal is to approach my work in terms of “form as canvas” and develop its ability to communicate my ideas of the body and clay through the process of making and narrative. I will dedicate one month in between each workshop reflecting on the techniques and materials I had worked with and incorporating them within my own body of work. There will be extensive practice and problem solving to unify my ideas of image, surface, and form. How can I develop a form to be utilized as canvas, and how can I elaborate on that to build a language through my surface application and design? These will be the questions approached within my daily studio time.
In the completion of my first year, I developed surface through the porcelain clay body, combinations of throwing and hand building, illustrative techniques such as mono-printing, and extensive testing of glazes and firing schedules. All of these will remain strong within my act of making and researching. I will continue to approach the idea of two and three dimensional space in the relationship and presentation of my work as well as expand my knowledge on mixed materials and their significance.
I look forward to the opportunity to research, explore, collaborate with new artists, and expand my work in order to better communicate my ideas and represent myself as a clay artist. This summer spent traveling and working will benefit my graduate studies, studio work, and professional practices in new and applicable ways.
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