Handbuilding 2: Clay and Nature - Wednesday Mornings with Addison Woolsey (3/2-4/6), 10AM-1PM
Dates: Wednesday, March 2nd – April 6th (6 weeks)
Price: $360 (glaze, 1st bag of clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools and additional clay available for purchase at Clay Studio.
Description*: Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the relationship between clay and the natural world, considering how ceramics can express organic form through rhythm, pattern, and repetition. Students will learn to build assembled sculptural forms and vessels that draw from their own observation of leaves, seedpods, flowers, fruit, succulents, tide pools, fungi—the sources are endless! We will begin the course by looking at examples of organic form in historical and contemporary ceramics.
*This course is for students with previous handbuilding experience; some knowledge of coiling and slab-building is recommended.
Drop-in open studio hours will be available for this course: Students are welcome to come in to Clay Studio during our Open Studio Lab hours to work independently on Sundays from 11AM-4PM, Mondays from 10AM-1PM, Tuesdays from 4PM-8PM, and Fridays from 10AM-1PM. Please note that Open Studio Lab hours are subject to change.
Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate: Starting February 1, 2022, Clay Studio will require all employees, teachers, members and students to be vaccinated in order to enter the studio. You must show your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card or your SMART Health Card Record from Ca.gov to a Clay Studio employee on your first day of class. You may also email a photo of the above to info@ClayStudioSB.org.
Instructor: Addison Woolsey
About your instructor: Addison Woolsey is a ceramic artist, writer and translator who lives and works between Mexico City and Los Angeles. Since 2016, he has been a member of the artist-run studio Taller Mono Rojo in Mexico City, and he has been a visiting artist at studios in Oaxaca, Seattle, and Medellín. In addition to his work as a ceramic artist, Addison translates poetry and art criticism from Spanish and French to English. He is currently in the second year of a Master’s Program in Latin American Studies at UCLA, where his research concerns the ethnographic legacy of Maud Oakes, an American painter, anthropologist, and Jungian psychoanalytic scholar. His ceramic work explores materiality and non-linguistic communicative practices, drawing from diverse ceramic histories and contemporary scholarship in anthropology and the environmental humanities.