Alanna DeRocchi July 17 - 21

Alanna DeRocchi
Animal As Object
July 17 - 21

Skill level: Some handbuilding experience is helpful

"The deliberate pairing of animal and environment is the strength of DeRocchi's work. A seamless flow of visual information, typical of elaborately staged natural history museum displays, is bound within the animated forms and their surfaces." In this workshop, students will explore the narrative potential of animal forms in clay. Drawing inspiration from personal experience and observations in the natural world, students will create animal sculptures that may range from realistic to imaginary. Alanna will demonstrate her methods of hollow coil construction for building animal heads and fragmented body parts from memory, observation or photographs for inspiration. Students will create an 18 - 24” animal of their choice or portion of an animal during the week. Attention will be given to the details of facial features, eyes, mouths, skin textures, feet, etc. Alanna will also share information about segmenting for firing, reattachment after firing, and post-firing painted surfaces. Sculptures will be bisque fired after the workshop. Students should bring photographs and/or drawings to use as reference. 

Alanna DeRocchi is originally from Petersburg, IL. She received a BFA from Western Illinois University, and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has participated in several ceramic artist residency programs including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum Ceramic Arts Residency in Jilllye, South Korea, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT. Alanna has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the US and internationally. She is currently a Term Instructor of Art and Technician in Ceramics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. 

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