Sculpting the Figure: Body and Soul with Claudia Olds Goldie
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About the Class or Event
Begins August 16, in-studio
5 consecutive days workshop - 10:00 am-4:00 pm (6 hours) Mon-Fri Aug 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20
Skill Level: Adults. Some experience in clay is recommended.
Materials fee: $50, covers clay and firing fees.
Create convincing, proportionate ceramic figures that capture the gesture, personality, and emotional presence of the individual. Claudia will demonstrate how to build a hollow figure from slab and other basic pottery making techniques including pinching and modeling. Students will consider how to imbue a sense of emotion and inner life in their figures through expressive eyes, facial muscles, and hands. Students will complete at least one figure with the option to bisque fire after the workshop when the piece is dry.
Some experience in clay is recommended.
Materials: There is a $50 Shop Fee for this class, which covers clay and firing fees. Students will bring their own favorite tools and tools recommended by the instructor.
About the instructor: Claudia is a 2017 Mass Cultural Council finalist. She has received a Kiln God Residency from Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, a residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a nomination for a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas fellowship. She has shown nationally in shows such as the NCECA Biennial in Houston, SOFA Chicago, numerous State of Clay National Juried exhibitions, and “Contemporary Figurative Sculpture” at Santa Fe Clay Gallery. She is represented by Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Claudia received her BFA from Boston University College of Visual Arts. She taught sculpture and ceramics for over 30 years at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and is presently an instructor at Harvard University’s Ceramic Program. She has taught figurative ceramic workshops across the country and in Mexico.
Her work has been published in 500 Figures in Clay, 500 Figures in Clay Vol. 2 by Nan Smith, Sculpting Clay, and Low Fire: Other Ways to Work in Clay, both by Leon Nigrosh, and in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and American Craft magazines.