Laura De Angelis
Humans/Animals, the Ancient Bond
July 3 - 7
Skill level: All skill levels welcome, some handbuilding experience necessary.
***This workshop takes place during a major tourism peak in Santa Fe and may make travel and accommodation arrangements difficult. Please see the travel and accommodations section of our website for more information.
In this workshop, students will explore the mysterious connection of people and animals through narrative and story telling rendered in earthenware clay. Drawing from personal mythologies and archetypal imagery, participants will build an 18 – 24” sculpture with the use of a simple metal armature for support. This technique allows for the piece to be built solid in its entirety, then removed from the armature and reassembled to complete. Attention will be given to observing nuances of gesture and details of anatomy to create expressive portraits that delve into the psychology of the subjects. Students will paint their leather hard sculptures with pigmented engobes and, after the workshop, they will be bisque fired. Post firing surface treatments will be discussed, including wax-based encaustics and the addition of found objects.
Laura De Angelis received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and currently works in her studio on a farm in the northern Virginia countryside. Her figurative ceramic sculptures have been exhibited nationally. In 2008, De Angelis served as lead artist for “Celestial Flyways”, a large-scale public art project in Oppenstein Park, Kansas City, which included numerous one-of-kind site-specific sculptural and architectural art elements that wove together references from the parks ecosystem. She has taught courses and workshops at Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN, and Red Star Studios, Kansas City.