Narrative Clay Sculpture

June 24 - 28

Narrative Clay Sculpture

WEEK ONE (5-days): June 24-28, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Narrative Clay Sculpture

Students will explore different ways to tell a story through figurative clay sculpture. They will illuminate and shape narrative themes using three different approaches and sketch the ideas in small, gestural, clay maquettes. The class will study different strategies for fabricating dynamic, hollow, animal or human forms.

Participants will choose the technique they think will work best for their chosen idea and create medium sized, hollow versions of their designs. The group will practice creating depth of surface on bisque fired forms through smoke firing.

Finally, there will be an opportunity to embellish the smoke fired forms using mixed media such as colored pencils and pastels.

All levels welcome

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $711 (Covers $681 tuition and $30 for course supplies/firing fees.)

Tuition includes lunches, daily snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Joe Batt

Figurative ceramic artist and musician, Joe Batt, is originally from South Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. Currently, Joe is full time art faculty at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. He has also taught at California State University, Chico, the University of Montana, and Olympic College.

Joe creates narrative figurative ceramic sculptures, often finished with mixed media surfaces. Recent works focus mostly on 3D and 2D renderings of children navigating the Digital Age, and a very new series of wrestling hares.

Joe’s ceramics have been exhibited widely including at Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Oregon; the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana; Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Two Vaults in Tacoma, Washington; and The Art Center Gallery at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington. 

Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register before April 15th to avoid disappointment.  
CONFIRMED: This workshop has met the required registration numbers and will be running.


Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.