With consideration of the festivities for the Day of the Dead, this workshop will stress the importance of the figure as a shrine. The seated figure will be constructed using hand building techniques and small clay relics or found objects will be combined with the figure. The history of this Mexican celebration of life will inform us with special attention to color and pattern on these figurative shrines. Daily exercises will inspire ideas for the clay relics. Surfaces will be explored using mark making, engobes and underglazes.
Using pinch, modeling and coils, the head and torso will be formed. These pieces will hold metaphors that could be expressed by mark making, use of color or additive parts. Demos will include ways to construct, detail information on facial features, and a painterly approach on the surface.
Working from memory and the imagination, the head and the torso will be constructed using coils, making basic shells. Time to play and allow your voice to speak. Surfaces will be treated on wet clay. The goal is to allow the spirit of the artist to connect with the form by using symbols and metaphors.
Working from the imagination, the head and torso will be constructed using coils. We will discuss ways on how the figure can be a holding place for sacred relics, a reliquary. Detail demo’s on building the form and facial features will be given. Also surface treatments on unfired clay will be explored.