THERE IS STILL TIME to sign up for the Stephen Robison surface design workshop. Stephen will focus on surface and form. The main demonstrations will focus on using bisque and 3-d printed stamps. They will also address working with slips. It will be applicable for both wheel and hand built forms.
Experience level: This class is for people who are actively working with clay already, having taken at least 1 wheel or hand building class in the recent past. It is not appropriate for new people who are looking to try out playing with clay.
Kids Classes Begin
There is a new round of kids classes starting on October 19th that runs through November 16th. Kids will make projects guided by their own interests and curiosities with personal assistance by the instructor. The class goes from 3:00 to 4:30 every Thursday. Sign your kids up today as there are still a few spots left in this class.
The next Cone 10 community soda firing lead by Zoe Petersen will be loaded Mon 10/9.
As We Near the Holidays
Around the holiday season, it is important to remember that a lot of people will be attempting to push gift items through our firing system in order to give clay magic for gifts. If this is your goal, please remember that waiting until the last minute will not work, so plan ahead and make your gifts as soon as possible, (now), so there is no added pressure on the staff during an already stressful time in the studio. The techs priority is classes and studio work, not holiday gifts or sales, so please plan accordingly to do the work you need to do in a timely manner. Thanks!
The Importance of Play
It is very easy to take yourself seriously, easy to get so caught up in the expectation of what you want that you lose sight of what is, no matter how spectacular it might be.
With clay, the opportunity for play is always close. This week, I encourage you to let go of your goals, let go of your expectations, and let go of what you think you have to do and allow yourself to slow down and just see what happens. There is so much fun in clay, so much it can tell you about what is possible, that if you move in to your projects believing that the unexpected is a problem and not an opportunity, you might miss something truly great. I know you have plans and ideas, but really, this week is the perfect time to maybe let that go a little bit and just find something in the clay that might be waiting for you.
Respect the timing of clay.
Dude, slow down.
Homey, speed up.
Depending on what you are making, there is a way to treat the clay so that you will get the best results. When you are throwing on the wheel, it is best to touch the clay as little and as quickly as possible in order to get it to the place you want it to be. Conversely, after it has been trimmed and a handle or some other appendage has been added, it is smart to slow down, cover your piece in plastic and let the clay have a bit of time to dry. Depending on how you are using the clay and the phase your piece is in, it is important to respect the physical limits of the clay so that your piece has the best chance of turning out well.
Getting to know what the clay needs is a matter of practice. Knowing something is one thing, practicing it until you are good at it is a whole other thing entirely.
The more you work with clay, the more you will understand its limits and know when you can push them.
HERE are a few places to look for opportunities. There are many more. All you have to do is look up places that have clay classes and workshops, go to their websites, and find opportunities to which you can apply.
TransArtists – Worldwide Residency Search
Res Artis – Worldwide Residency Search
Call for….. – Worldwide Open Calls
Callforentry – Open calls with a management system for applying
Center for Emerging Visual Artists – Artist Services, Open Calls
Art Insight – Artist Services, Open Calls, Opportunities, Directory