Sculpting with Paper Clay

Explore and learn about sculpting with paper clay in this hands-on workshop led by ceramic artist Brenda Tarbell. Paper clay feels and works similarly to regular clay but it can be molded, modelled, slabbed and coiled in ways that seem to break all the rules of working with clay. It is lighter in weight, difficult to warp; sculptors extol its flexibility and forgiveness. Paper pulp in the clay enables the artist to join multiple forms when they are nearly dry to avoid distortion. Simple tools are used to form and shape the work.

Brenda enjoys creating intricate and detailed forms, inspired by observations of the natural world. Observations of pollen, butterfly eggs, seeds, flowers, and fungus and sea creatures have all influenced her work. The resulting forms may be somewhat mysterious, not explicitly plant or animal. Their textured surfaces invite touch.

Brenda’s workshop will have you use your observations of the natural world to create hand built biomorphic forms. You will create sculpture that can be held in your hands, sculpture that can be explored tactilely as well as visually. Pinching, coiling and shaping slabs are some of the methods that will be demonstrated. Brenda will also show students how to create some of the simple tools she uses.

Workshop itinerary:

  •  A slide show of some of Brenda’s work, including a review her recent 60-foot-long large scale installation at the Duke Energy Convention Center: “Buds, Blossoms and Boughs for the Queen”.
  • A demonstration of the process used to create and fire a bud and blossom. She will discuss the ways these forms were mounted.
  • Show and discuss how to use paper clay (we’ll be using Laguna’s paper clay in clay – but you will learn how to make your own!)
  • Demonstrate various ways to create surface textures
  • Guide you through the process of creating your own paper clay sculpture.

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bt horns     bt pod     bt tentacles

Event Properties

Event Date 09-22-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 09-22-2017 4:00 pm
Capacity 15
Cut off date 09-20-2017
Individual Price $35.00
Speaker Brenda Tarbell
Number Hours 3
$35.00 12
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