Experiments in Narrative, Imagery and Form
June 26 - 30
Skill level: Some ceramics experience helpful but not required
“My narratives explore social issues through topics ranging from fairytales, urban mythologies, consumer culture, etiquette, and societal expectations and assumptions. Much of my imagery is pulled from "dated" sources that represent an idealized time in society and advertising, such as instructional guides, cookbooks, vintage advertisements and old family photos.” Discover the potential for transforming seemingly everyday common objects into powerful narrative works by applying personally significant imagery and designs to the surfaces. Students will hand build forms of their choosing on which to apply a variety of surface treatments. Underglazes will be applied and layered on both leather hard clay and bisqued samples. Participants will experiment with printmaking techniques such as screen printing and photocopy transfer techniques, as well as clay monoprints and stenciling. Shalene will address the unique challenges and layout tricks for applying these surfaces to 3-dimensional objects. Dry work will be bisqued.
Shalene Valenzuela received a BA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been an instructor and guest artist at a number of art centers, colleges and universities, and has been a resident artist at Clay Studio of Missoula, MT, the Archie Bray Foundation, MT and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and is included in numerous private collections. She is currently the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana.