Marie Gibbons on tue 17 oct 00
I would like to know from the group what is it that you look for / expect in
a workshop that is slide presentation / demonstration / discussion and
critique format. I am preparing for a 2 day workshop (college level) that I
will be giving in Nov. We will have some hands on time, but not for the full
workshop...(finishing surfaces of previously executed work) I am interested
in hearing both the professional and students desires in this type of
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and time....
sculpture in clay & mixed media
please visit my work, and sign the guestbook!
Rod, Marian, and Holly Morris on wed 18 oct 00
I personally want to absorb as much as possible from the instructor,
figuring that his/her experience is really what I came for, especially in a
two day format. Exceptions might be hands-on elements of the work you are
demonstrating, such as a new technique for pulling handles, etc. I don't
hope for or expect any finished products in these workshops.
The all time best workshop I ever went to was Gail Kendall in Florida last
January. For two days, she built her glorious tureens and platters, taking
her time, talking all the way about her travels with clay. She gave the de
riguer slide presentation, but it was done midway through and was for an
additional audience who came for the evening just for that. Hers was so
enriching, since we had lingered over that journey during the
demonstrations. She shared so much of her methods, materials selections,
what had worked, what had not, her refreshingly irreverent attitudes about
various things, and really deeply, I feel, about her spiritual growth in
art. At the end of the weekend, she had produced a big tureen and several
platters which she displayed next to the already made ones she had packed up
for the gig.
I went home very enriched and satisfied, though my hands never touched the
clay. I took pictures of her every move, and made a notebook of them at
home, where I went to work in my studio trying what I had seen and preparing
for a class in which I adapted some of her techniques. That sort of
generousity was a real blessing. I know folks who would not have allowed the
Though she is a professor at University of Nebraska Lincoln, she completely
lacked the puffery that one sees too often when artists are on stage. You
will do your students a great favor to leave art snobbery and in-groupism
behind. Your hands and your spiritual journey with the clay are what your
students have come to see,
Marian, in Michigan, after a great night in the studio pressing dusty
millers into slabs of porcelain.
Rhonda Oldland on fri 20 oct 00
I like a brief outline on the class, so when I get back home I can
rememeber the important facts that jog my memory banks. Rhonda S.C.
At 11:14 10/17/00 EDT, you wrote:
>I would like to know from the group what is it that you look for / expect in
>a workshop that is slide presentation / demonstration / discussion and
>critique format. I am preparing for a 2 day workshop (college level) that I
>will be giving in Nov. We will have some hands on time, but not for the full
>workshop...(finishing surfaces of previously executed work) I am interested
>in hearing both the professional and students desires in this type of
>Thanks in advance for your thoughts and time....
>sculpture in clay & mixed media
>please visit my work, and sign the guestbook!
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