Fri.- Anatomy of an Ugly Mug (OCS)

Fri.- Anatomy of an Ugly Mug (OCS)

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Instructor: Curt LaCross

Our workshop will center around the fabrication of hand-built mugs with stylized faces. This project is historically linked to the face jug that originated in the South. Initially, the face jug's intent was to drive away evil spirits. Later, bootleggers used them to transport whiskey and to scare children to keep them away from alcohol.

We will hand build our basic clay cylinder on an armature. Once our cylinder is complete, we will use mason stains, to make assorted colored clays. Our colored clay will be used to sculpt teeth, tounges, eyes, brows, and hair. We will use this clay for caricature development on our mug exterior. Participants will be encouraged to elaborate facial features, stretch and distort their piece to promote their exaggerated subjects. My experience has been that the more we alter our mugs, the more whimsical they become. This workshop promises to be a fun, creative experience. 

About the Instructor: Curt LaCross is an artist interested in figurative sculpture. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 from Central Michigan University. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Michigan State University in 1997. Curt’s work initially began with the thrown structure. As his work progressed, it evolved into the handbuilt human figure. While his work focuses on the external form, it speaks of the internal human psyche. His interests regarding this subject grew after researching Carl Jung and the archetypal image. He was particularly interested in the shadow archetype and its presence in human nature.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-27-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 09-27-2019 12:00 pm
Capacity 15
Registered 3
Available place 12
Cut off date 09-26-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price $50.00
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