Exuberant Clay: Exploring Form

June 25, 2018 - June 29


Exuberant Clay: Exploring Form

Through a straightforward process using one plaster segment press mould we can manipulate and alter component parts to arrive at many variations and differing expressions of form. This is the Segment Mold Process that Carol Gouthro has devised to create her pleated, undulating, exuberant ceramic sculptures and vessels. Likewise, the ceramic surface can be enlivened and energized by using a layered approach to surface and design that evolves from wet clay through bone dry to bisque.

Sample of class activities:

We will begin by drawing simple shapes on paper and cutting paper templates, and then proceed to sculpt solid clay into a right angle wooden form. Next we carve and facet the clay form adding bas relief if desired. Instructor will demonstrate this process step by step.

Mix and pour plaster over the solid clay prototype and make a simple ¼ segment plaster press mold. Un-mold the forms, clean mold and begin to use it.  From this segment press mold we will build numerous variations by connecting, altering stacking, piercing and re-combining the component parts.

Continue building forms and making combinations. Instructor will demonstrate methods for creating texture slabs to be used to create texture skins on leather hard clay.

Instructor will demonstrate multiple techniques for surface design using slips, underglazes, and stains, including creating patterns with wax resist, wax inlay, sgraffitto, shellac resist, etc.

Course cost: $665  Supply fee: $40      Student Supply List


Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks. Prices are in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

CAROL GOUTHRO, is a Seattle based ceramic artist and educator who has been maintaining a studio practice and exhibiting for over 30 years. Carol has an extensive exhibition record of solo, group, invitational, and juried exhibitions, most recently as an invited artist and workshop presenter to Biomorphic at Amoca in California, and as an exhibiting artist in The Evocative Garden NCECA  Portland, 2017 curated by Gail Brown. Her ceramic work has been published in numerous books and periodicals, most recently Uppercase Encyclopedia of Inspiration: Botanica. Carol has been a ceramic instructor at the Seward Park Clay Studio, and Kirkland Arts Center in Seattle for 25 years, teaches workshops internationally, leads International Arts and Craft tours and gardens any spare minute she can find.


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