Going Big! Handbuilding Edition with Addison Woolsey
Date: Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 (two-day workshop)
Some experience with clay is recommended, either with hand building or wheel throwing.
Price: $200 (includes instruction, 25lbs of clay, and bisque firing. This workshop does not include glaze or glaze firing.)
Clay Studio is offering a partial scholarship (up to 50% tuition) for this workshop. If you are interested in a partial scholarship, please complete this form.
Teacher: Addison Woolsey
Location: Outdoors under the oak at Clay Studio
Description: Going big in ceramics brings a new set of technical challenges and a world of opportunities. It can be daunting but also exciting! In this two-day workshop, students will sketch out and complete a large form coil-built sculpture or vessel (up to 25 lbs). On the first day, students will look at historical and contemporary examples of large coil-built projects and draw sketches of their own forms. Addison will demo different methods of building with coils and integrating pattern and surface adornment into a piece. We will also discuss methods for properly working over multiple days to ensure strength and prevent cracking during drying.
On day two, students will work to finish their pieces and Addison will demo additional surface decorations on a leather hard piece, including the use of slip and oxides. For those interested, he will also provide a demonstration of the spray booth for glaze application. Students will come away with the skills and confidence needed to plan and implement large-scale projects.
About the instructor: Addison Woolsey is a ceramic artist, writer and translator who lives and works between Mexico City and Los Angeles. Since 2016, he has been a member of the artist-run studio Taller Mono Rojo in Mexico City, and he has been a visiting artist at studios in Oaxaca, Seattle, and Medellín. In addition to his work as a ceramic artist, Addison translates poetry and art criticism from Spanish and French to English. He is currently in the second year of a Master’s Program in Latin American Studies at UCLA, where his research concerns the ethnographic legacy of Maud Oakes, an American painter, anthropologist, and Jungian psychoanalytic scholar. His ceramic work explores materiality and non-linguistic communicative practices, drawing from diverse ceramic histories and contemporary scholarship in anthropology and the environmental humanities.