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Ceramic Sculpture Workshops:
Special Vessels and Designed Environments

Winter Sessions

Dates:

  • Session A: Wednesdays, March 5–April 2
  • Session B: Thursdays, March 6–April 3

Instruction: 10 am–1 pm

Open Studio: 1 pm–5 pm

 

Cost: $335 for not-yet-members / $295 for Members, plus materials fee

 

Spring Sessions

Dates:

  • Session A: Wednesdays, April 23–May 27
  • Session B: Thursdays, April 24–May 28

Instruction: 10 am–1 pm

Open Studio: 1 pm–5 pm

 

Cost: $415 for not-yet-members / $355 for Members, plus materials fee

 

About the Course

All levels welcome. No previous ceramics experience necessary. Intended for adults (age minimum: 16).

A fresh approach to working with clay beyond pottery, this ceramic sculpture course is for the unrealized/developing artist, homeowner, or designer looking to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces with ceramic art or installations, or those striving for sculptural expression through unique vessels and sculptures. Lectures and demonstrations will support the use of bold color concepts, relationships, and painterly approaches, as well as traditional surface treatments. We will also address new and innovative concepts in alternative engagements with the landscape inspired by art exhibits in deCordova’s Sculpture Park and Museum. Contemporary modes of expression through ceramic art are explored and encouraged and are drawn from many examples set forth by artists in the ceramic field as well as in other mediums. Workshop includes:

  • Three weekly hours of demonstration and instruction in developing ceramic sculpture techniques and meeting technical challenges
  • Four weekly hours of optional open studio time for participants to focus on building their projects and receiving additional support from the instructor
  • Individual guidance with personally-designed projects
  • Introduction and connection to artwork on view in the 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum galleries
  • Discussion of relevant art and ceramics history and concepts
  • Related demonstrations and presentations on spatial design, color, and painterly techniques
  • Discussion of the siting and context for outdoor ceramic art

Workshops are offered consecutively during the year and summer for those engaged in longer-term projects. Tools for building your work are provided. Participants are invited to bring their own hand tools as desired.


Teen Ceramics Intensive

Summer Session

Date: Tuesdays–Thursdays, July 15–17 and 22–24, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Cost: $285 for not-yet-members / $235 for Members, plus materials fee ($45)

About the Course

All levels welcome. No previous ceramics experience necessary. Intended for teens ages 15–18.

This intensive and inventive course for teen artists will include multiple techniques in clay building, glazing, and firing to develop skills in both ceramics and sculpture making. Over the course of two weeks, students will develop their personal artistic ideas from conception to completion using the inspiration of deCordova’s vast resources of art and artists in the Sculpture Park and Museum and the guidance of accomplished ceramic sculptor Bruce Barry. In addition to advanced demonstrations and opportunities with throwing and building and painting and glazing, discussions will include the siting of sculpture and the special considerations of displaying ceramic works in various settings. 

Structured over two weeks to allow time for bisque firing and experimentation, the six sessions offer opportunities for experiences with the following, as they relate to students’ particular interests:

  • finding a personal style
  • developing complex ceramics projects
  • using the electric wheel
  • building with slabs and coils
  • glazing and painting on clay
  • working with color
  • combining clay with other media
  • introduction to how ceramics gets fired in kilns
  • creating a work for a portfolio and home or other site


Poetic Ceramics Workshop

Date: Thursday, July 31, 6:30–8:30 pm

Cost: $40 for not-yet-members / $30 for Members

This evening workshop led by exhibiting artist Bruce Barry is inspired by works on view in Ian Hamilton Finlay and Language as InspirationParticipate in a creative writing exercise (molded clay tablatures and stones provided), build a communal poetry garden of stepping stones in the Sculpture Park, and create your own language work in clay.

No ceramic experience is necessary. Snacks and drinks provided.