Adjusting Volume - Handbuilding, Throwing and Altering
July 31 - August 4
Skill level: The class will be structured for all levels of experience Some basic handbuilding or throwing experience is helpful.
In this workshop, students will develop and refine clay-forming skills while experimenting with a variety of handbuilding and throwing techniques including paper patterns, wood drop forms, altering and assemblage. Discussion will focus on the integration of form and surface for our work, addressing both functional and sculptural intentions. Randy will present lectures illustrating both historical and contemporary approaches to these techniques. High fire stoneware clay will be used, and dry work will be bisque fired. There will be a spirit of exploration, fun and lively discussion in this class!
Randy Johnston has had an illustrious 45-year career in ceramics. He is a retired professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bush Artist Fellowship, MN and two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships. Randy received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo, a student of Shoji Hamada. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Minneapolis Art Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum, Nelson Atkins Museum, among numerous public and private collections. He is recognized internationally for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States.