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Sculpting Nature: Handbuilt Textures in Clay

July 27 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Dive into the world of clay sculpting in our immersive one-day workshop. Unleash your creativity as you explore the art of handbuilding, focusing on creating lifelike textures inspired by nature. From the intricate patterns of leaves to the rugged surfaces of bark to the skin of underwater sea creatures, you’ll learn how to infuse your sculptures with captivating detail.

In this hands-on class, you’ll practice techniques of handbuilding, whether hollowing out forms or crafting with slabs, allowing your pieces to be lightweight and versatile enough for display on walls. Additionally, you’ll discover the art of making a damp box, an essential tool for extending the workability of your clay over time.

Your piece must dry then be bisque fired, so you’ll return to glaze it, then to pick it up after its final firing.

What you’ll learn:

• Handbuilding techniques for sculpting in clay
• Creating naturalistic textures inspired by the environment
• Hollowing out forms and building with slabs for lightweight sculptures
• Making a damp box for long-term clay work preservation

Who should attend:

This workshop welcomes all levels of experience, from beginners to seasoned clay artists. While prior clay experience isn’t required, we recommend familiarity with clay basics or participation in our Ceramics Badge class for optimal enjoyment and learning. Join us for a day of artistic exploration and sculpting mastery!

About the Instructor:

Loren Vladem is a ceramicist, sculptor, and printmaker. Growing up outside of Chicago, an early interest in the arts drove her to enroll in drawing, painting, and ceramics classes at her local community house, where her devotion for ceramics took hold. Ceramics stood out, as the people were less like teachers and more like a quirky, unconventional family. Moving to Santa Fe for high school and leaving her found family was difficult, however, taking ceramics classes  throughout high school made Santa Fe feel like home. She participated in the arts locally by volunteering for the prop shop at Santa Fe Opera, and spent hours hunched over the wheel at Santa Fe Clay and Paseo Pottery. Loren has volunteered at ARTsmart NM, a nonprofit that teaches art and literacy to youth. Teaching gives her a great deal of fulfillment, as she strives to provide her students the same feeling of belonging through clay collaboration that she first experienced at her hometown community house. She has also engaged in a hunger awareness charitable project entitled “Empty Bowls” in both NM and KS. Loren graduated in May 2023 with her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. She sells work at Form & Concept gallery, and volunteers at both Paseo Pottery and MAKE Santa Fe. Her dedication and enthusiasm for ceramic art is contagious!


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Sculpting Nature – July 27, 2024
includes clay, glaze, and firing
$ 95.00
5 available