Summer Sculpt and Weld Workshop
Sept 3rd -Sept 8th 2011
In this workshop we will explore the combination of metal and clay. Learning to incorporate the two and firing them together which brings spontaneity to the work. Having the ability to weld your own forms you will no longer be limited to using found objects. You will learn the basics of Oxy and Acetylene (gas) welding as well as basic Mig welding. The first morning I will demonstrate all my surfaces for wet clay, ball clay for a crackled surface, plaster gauze bandages for a peeled paint look etc. In the afternoon we will all begin working on a figure, I will show you my methods for building. I will introduce the use of fabrics and stuffed animals dipped in slip as well as metal. Students will sigh up to work with Giselle Nimic who will be teaching welding. We will end the week with post fired finishes, metallic powders and encaustic wax.
Giselle Nimic is a wonderful artist from Virginia, she has taught with me for the past two summers.
The workshop will be Monday the 3rd through Sat. 8th from 9:30am - 4:30. The studio is open all evening for work time.
Please bring images of your work to share with us. Also your sketch book with your ideas and thoughts about what you'd like to accomplish during the week.
Lunches will be provided.
Dinner will be provided Monday night and Friday night.
We have several restaurants in the area and an Ingles grocery. The farmers market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
We will be using my sculpture clay. It's a low fire white gritty body. I also use a white earthenware that is smooth for details. I use a white casting slip for pouring molds and dipping fabric and metal in.
Sculpture mix $15.00 25lbs
Earthenware $12.00 25lbs
Welding supplies are included, oxy and acetylene, mig welder and wire, welding rod, clamps etc.
Firing is included
Shipping work home
We have a local source for bubble wrap, peanuts and boxes. UPS and Fed Ex
The cost of the workshop is $875.00
Deposit of $300.00 can be mailed to save your spot once you've been confirmed, by Sept 1st.
P.O. Box 1009
What to bring
Welding glasses or goggles
long sleeve cotton work shirt
shoes that cover your feet entirely, tennis shoes are fine
your favorite clay tools
fabrics, stuffed animals for dipping
METAL: make sure it's Steel, you can tell, it will stick to a magnet
Stainless Steel read the label, it will not stick to a magnet
found metal objects, hinges, nails, eye hooks, wire
Nichrome wire (kiln element wire)
Places to stay;
Bakersville Bed and Breakfast
Priors Creek Home Place
Bird Town Guest House
Chinquapin Inn (this is at Penland)
(More information on places to stay coming soon)
Please call me with any concerns or questions