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Summer 2023: The Embellished Head with Sophie Gibson, Wednesdays 3:00pm

In this engaging course we will study the anatomy of the human head in order to create lifelike portraits. Using simple patterns and a hollow construction method, we will compress cylinders of clay and locate a series of bony landmarks to arrive at core “skeletal” layers. We will next bring our heads to life using measurements and photographic reference as guides. Moving from this technical phase into a whimsical and expressive phase, we will explore a variety of ways to embellish our heads: jewelry, headdresses, lizards for hair, directional abstract shapes to endow a sense of movement – anything you can imagine! I will also demonstrate ventilation techniques to keep your pieces safe in the kiln.
Some experience working with clay is preferred, but not required.

Note: At the end of this 8-week course, students will each have a complete sculpture. Students are encouraged to make use of open studio time to work on their sculptures between classes. Due to the extensive drying time that this type of work requires, we will not conduct firings during this course. It is recommended that students wait at least a month after the end of the course before bisque firing their pieces. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Some experience working with clay is preferred, but not required.
Materials Included: If you intend to fire your work at home, you can bring your clay. If we are to fire it, you need to purchase our clay we have about 10 cone 6 stoneware clay bodies to choose from. Feel free to bring any tools you already have or ou can buy some in our shop. We also have an unpredictable assortment of tools in th3e studio you re welcome to use. We also have banding wheels you can use.
Requirements: Bring your own tools and use studio tools as needed
Instructor: Sophie Gibson
Instructor Bio: Sophie Gibson is a ceramic sculptor, painter, and stop-motion animator who takes inspiration from people and natural environments. Sophie spent her undergraduate career in Providence, Rhode Island attending both the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University as a member of the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program and earned a a B.F.A. in Illustration and B.A. in History. since then she has been an apprentice in the studio of internationally recognized ceramic sculptor Cristina Cordova and the studio manager at CityClay. Sophie currently maintains a studio practice at Visible Records building in Charlottesville.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.