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Ceramic Sculpture: Expressive Vessels, Forms, and Environments (Wednesdays,...

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51 Sandy Pond Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

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Ceramic Sculpture Workshop: Expressive Vessels, Forms, and Environments
Wednesdays, October 31-December 12 (six weeks), no class November 21
10 am–1 pm (plus optional studio time 1–5 pm)

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A novel approach to working with clay and ceramics beyond classic pottery. This is a ceramic sculpture course for the unrealized or developing artist, homeowner, or design aficionado looking to enhance indoor or outdoor spaces with one's own ceramic installations or art, or anyone striving for an ideal in sculptural expression through one-of-a-kind vessels and sculpture.

Lectures and demonstrations will pursue traditional surfaces plus bold color concepts, relationships, and painterly approaches to sculpture and the ceramic surface. Also addressed will be new and cutting-edge concepts in alternative, sustainable engagements with the landscape inspired by the deCordova Sculpture Park. This fall, new techniques and themes will be explored using inspiration from deCordova’s concurrent exhibition, Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism. Contemporary avenues and modes of expression with are explored and encouraged and are drawn from many examples set forth by artists in the ceramic field as well as in other mediums.


Workshop includes:

  • Three weekly hours of demonstration and instruction in developing ceramic sculpture techniques and meeting technical challenges from 10 am–1 pm.

  • Four weekly hours of optional open studio time for participants to focus on building their projects and receiving additional support from the instructor from 1–5 pm.

  • Individual guidance with personally-designed projects.

  • Introduction to new spring art installations in deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and indoor galleries for inspiration.

  • Discussion of relevant art and ceramics history and concepts.

  • Related presentations on ceramic art and spatial design, color, and painterly techniques in ceramics, and alternative approaches and concepts to ceramics and ceramic "art" in the environment.

  • Discussion of the siting and context for outdoor ceramic sculpture.

Tools for building your work are provided. Participants are invited to bring their own hand tools as desired.

Firing fees and material costs are calculated by volume and will be charged at the end of each session. Open studio time is included in the price of the workshop (no discount for those attending only instructional hours).

Workshops are offered consecutively during the year and summer for those engaged in longer-term projects.

All levels welcome, no ceramic experience necessary.

$355 for Members, $415 for Not-Yet-Members (plus firing and materials fee based on usage)

Cancellation Policy: A $50 non-refundable registration fee is included, in the event that you decide not to take the class before it begins. We are not able to issue refunds for workshops missed by the student once the class has started.


About Instructor Bruce Barry:
Resident artist Bruce Barry is a studio arts graduate from Bates College with advanced coursework in ceramics, etching, drawing, and painting. Barry's teaching style encourages individual experimentation and personal growth and exposes students to contemporary art and ceramics practice. His work consists of organic, vessel-like ceramic pieces with painted-on writings declared as journal entries. A finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Crafts Grant in 2007, Barry has taught at deCordova for over 20 years.

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