Beth Cavener Stichter - www.followtheblackrabbit.com
September 30th - October 13th, 2012
Students will work in their own conceptual framework, creating maquette and from there one or more pieces, applying the technical methods and the firing and finishing options in their work. Lectures and PowerPoint presentations will be given during the workshop to elaborate on a variety of topics and to share the experience of the “commercial” side of being an artist. There will be time for outings to local beauty spots and optional day trips to famous locations during the weekend.
A two week hands – on workshop and a chance to see and understand the entire working process of one of the most interesting figurative ceramic sculptors. Cavener Stichter will cover a range of practical technical information about working in clay and examine the logistics of creating human and animal figures. She will discuss how to transfer ideas and meaning visually and how to can tackle elements of gesture and expression with the goal to convene something vital and unique.
Cavener Stichter will demonstrate her building technique and how to animate gesture, the anatomy of expression, the nuances that imply a narrative and give voice to inner psychological states projecting aspects of humanity. She will cover a range of practical technical information about her unusual method of working with a solid mass of clay, afterwards hollowing each part of the sculpture down to the skin, before reassembling the entire piece. With subtle shifts in line and form she achieves dynamic, emotionally-charged expression.
Cost: € 1.800
It includes welcome dinner, lunches, lodging, tuition, materials and firings.
Beth Cavener Stichter is currently a full-time professional studio artist. She received her BA in sculpture from Haverford College and her MFA from Ohio State University. She was awarded the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2005, and the American Craft Council's Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2004. She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She has exhibited nationally (at such institutions as the Smithsonian Museum) and internationally and has taught numerous workshops across the country.