The intention of this class is to learn how to articulate a form or figure using slab structures. The student should come to the class with ideas of the form or figure they wish to pursue. It is possible that within two days a defined and fluid sculpture can be achieved. This process usually starts with a cylinder and, with instructor assistance, the form is mapped out on the surface. Then the artist starts to shape the cylinder from within. Eventually, the shaping moves back and forth between the inside and the outside of the form. This is a versatile and liberating way to work with the plasticity and expressivity of clay, and can lead to expressionistic or quite controlled results. The instructor works one to one, and will bring simple coloured slips for final surface treatments. Open to all levels.
Classes run from 9 – 4 pm each day. Studios are open after hours.
Course fee: $285 Supply fee: $3
Tuition is listed in Canadian Dollars and includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes.
DEBRA SLOAN’s practice started as a 6-year self-directed apprenticeship in 1973. She attended VSA from 1979 – 82, and in 2005 achieved her BFA at ECUAD. She works with earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, using electric and gas kilns, and occasionally wood. She has attended six international residencies. Her work has been in many international survey exhibitions, and represented in six LARK 500 publications. She has presented many talks, most recently at the Tate St Ives, UK and received grants and awards from the BC Arts Council, the Craft Council of BC, and the Mayor’s Arts Award (Vancouver). Debra has taught sculptural ceramics for over 40 years, most recently at the Leach Pottery, UK. She includes students at all levels of experience and embraces a wide range of ceramic methodology. Debra prefers to problem solve with each student, within a broad theme. She views the ceramic material as a palette for expression.
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