Handbuilding 2: Animals – Wednesday Mornings with Addison Woolsey

Dates: Wednesday, January 12th – February 16th (6 weeks)

Times: 10am–1pm

Price: $360 (glaze, 1st bag of clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools and additional clay available for purchase at Clay Studio.

In this course, we will explore how clay can be used to represent and narrate our relationships with animals, both wild and domestic. Students will develop independent projects and receive both technical and conceptual assistance from the instructor. The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations based on student interests related to the two projects: a large vessel with an animal form, and full animal sculpture. From feathers to fur to scales, we will explore how sgraffito, sprigs and stamps, slips, and other forms of surface adornment can create rhythm and texture, while also considering how a range of contemporary and historical clay artists represent animals in their work.

Week 1: Introductions; slide presentation, begin work.
Weeks 1-3: Relief vessel project
Weeks 4-6: Animal sculpture project

*This course is intended for students with prior experience handbuilding.

Drop-in open studio hours will be available for this course: Students are welcome to come in to Clay Studio during our Open Studio Lab hours to work independently on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4 PM, Tuesdays from 4-8 PM, and all day on Fridays (9 AM – 5 PM).

Instructor: Addison Woolsey

About your 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.


Jan 12 2022 - Feb 16 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm