Lyn Belisle's Amazing Two-Day Workshop
Shards and Santos:
An Earthenware Assemblage WorkshopSaturdays August 14 and August 21 (10am-3:30pm)
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Throughout the Southwest, iconic figure sculptures known as Santos (saints) have protected homes for centuries, from the tiniest casa to the largest mansion. Most early santos were very simple creations, often made from such materials as clay, rags, wood, or bone. The manner in which they were placed indicates that they were cherished items of devotion.
In this workshop, we will create personal assemblages inspired by these iconic figures. In the first class, we will construct handmade textured slab-based clay components such as heads, bodies, and enhancements. We will also learn to make hand-crafted clay press molds. These components will be fired once. The next week, we will build our figure, incorporating found objects such as bones and shells and bleached twigs into the final assemblage and perhaps include cherished objects and hidden words. We will explore the limitless possibilities of cold finishes, such as metallics and beeswax, to enhance the surfaces of the unglazed earthenware.
Final Session - Creating formulas for post-firing cold surface finishes and assembling the Santos
The first Saturday at TCC - creating clay components
In Between: Components are fired and the kiln is unloaded - everything came through the firing beautifully, thanks to the great people at TCC. Next - assembling!!