South Pomfret, Vermont
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Steel Armature Sculpting: Animals in Clay

Explore solid building on steel armatures to create evocative animal sculptures.

In this ceramic sculpture class participants will be introduced to the technique of solid sculpture with clay onto a steel armature. This process allows us to achieve dramatic gestures in clay via the support of steel pipe, tin foil, and wire. After construction is complete participants will cut apart, hollow, and reattach their sculptures in order to preserve the gesture throughout the firing. In the post-firing stage, students will experiment with cold finishes and unique ways of completing ceramic work. One visit to clay Open Studio is included in the class fee.

Jackie Padich received a B.F.A. in Ceramics and a B.S. in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz before moving to Vermont in 2018. Jackie’s undergraduate studies were heavily focused on coil-built ceramic sculpture, culminating in a body of work deeply inspired by flora and fauna imagery in connection with the human experience. Jackie was afforded the opportunity to intern with Beth Cavener in Helena, Montana for a month in 2018. There she learned methods of building solid on metal armatures and hollowing pieces to create increasingly complex and dynamic work. Jackie is also invested in a utilitarian pottery practice at Shackleton Thomas, where she apprentices with Miranda Thomas in Bridgewater, VT. In that practice she is cultivating her skills in wheel throwing, sgraffito decoration, and brushwork.