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Ceramics II: Intro to SlipCasting
Instructor: Liz Hafey
Price: $424.00
Dates: 04/02 – 05/21
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (3 hours)
Class Days: Mondays
Number of Classes: 8
No Class On: 01/01/18
This course is an intro to mold making class where students will learn how to cast wheel thrown, hand built functional ware and found objects. This process is great for recreating the same thing over and over with molds we cast during class using casting slip. Students will get their hands dirty with an introduction to mixing plaster and learning basic casting of 2 (or more) part molds from found objects. From there, they will apply their new mold-making skills to casting multiples of their own sculpted or thrownforms, employing techniques of clay modeling, carving Styrofoam, and constructing paper models. With these multiples, we will play with assemblage by wet and dry joining techniques followed by firing and glazing. Students will be encouraged to think outside the “functional” box of ceramics, by incorporating other materials and experimenting with process. This is a great class for more experienced students looking to deepen their creative practice. Materials and tools will be provided, students with their own respirators should bring them. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week; either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
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Instructor Info: Liz Hafey:
I am a thrower. I’m a person who digs up material from the earth and speaks through it. I look at my whole process of creating ceramics as a metaphor of a phoenix. I create these things from my being and fire them. In the flame the original is killed and the phoenix is reborn. This process is a rebirth for myself. I create my voice through my art and then fire my voice into a new one. My work reflects society and how I see it. Society angers me; the higher powers of corruption destroy its future through its waste and greed. My work reflects how humanity pushes towards something it can’t control. I try to imagine how the earth would feel. So in response I create art that forms what the earth would say if it had a chance to speak.
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