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.