The Childlike Mind
August 7 - 11
Skill level: Some handbuilding experience is helpful.
“The combination of an uncorrupted point of view, a strong imagination, overflowing curiosity, and the desire to push boundaries creates a very special mindset particular to children.” In this workshop, students will construct an 18 - 20” tall sculpture that references/reflects this childlike state of mind through a “fantastical situation or imaginary world.” The narrative can include a full figure, partial figure or simply the head. The focus will be on how body posture, gesture and expressive facial features contribute to a strong narrative in figurative sculpture. Additional objects such as animals or other childhood references can be incorporated to create context and embellish the story. Basic handbuilding techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building will be used to construct these sculptures. Underglazes and colored slips will be used for surface experimentation on the leather hard clay, and additional post firing surface techniques will be discussed. Work will be bisque fired after the workshop.
Kyungmin Park is an Assistant Professor at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Originally from South Korea, she received her BFA from Alfred University and MFA from the University of Georgia. Kyungmin was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She received an Emerging Artist Award from Ceramics Monthly Magazine in 2015 and was also honored as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA 2016). Her work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions including the Aqua Art Miami Basel, SOFA Chicago, Vallauris, France, Morean Art Center, FL, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She exhibits in galleries nationally.