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SUMMER 2024: Coil Built Figurative Sculpture with Sophie Gibson, Mondays/Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00pm



Sophie Gibson is back in town to teach figure sculpting, but this time we will be employing a new building method. Rather than working from paper patterns and slabs, we will coil build our figurative compositions from the ground up. "Coil Building Figurative Sculptures" will emphasize designing supportive interior structures that work with the outer shell of the piece to bear weight without causing cracking. We will work at a medium scale, constructing compositions that are about 16'' tall.  
Have you ever noticed how ancient Greek sculptures are often leaning on some kind of post or tree stump? In addition to suggesting environment / context, these sculpted elements are providing crucial structural support to the overall pose. During our first class each student will brainstorm and start planning a composition that includes a  figurative element collaged together with something else (a piece of furniture, an object from nature, an animal, etc.) This course marries physics, technical understandings of how clay works, and narrative/concept. 



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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