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catherine merrill workshop

updated fri 6 jun 03


Brenda Beeley on thu 5 jun 03

Catherine Merrill


Creating dynamic and expressive figurative clay forms.

3- Day Hands-on workshop.
July 18-20, 2003. 9-5pm
Fee: $195

This workshop is for sculptors who want to work with a model, potters who
want to get off the wheel and painters who want to work
with clay, . Working from a live model, this hands-on workshop will focus
on techniques for making dynamic and expressive
figurative clay forms. Participants will draw and paint on clay slabs and
build free-standing figures. Working with polychrome
terra sigilattas, colored clay, glazes and non-ceramic finishes, students
will explore the rich and varied surfaces possible in low-fire
sculpture. All skill levels welcome.

Catherine Merrill is a sculptor, potter, teacher, juror and world traveler
with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work
explores the human figure and has been shown inover 100 national and
international exhibitions. She has been published in
Ceramics Art & Perception, the Studio Potter and the Art of Contemporary
American Pottery. Merrill presents figurative sculpture
workshops at colleges and art centers nationwide. She was an NCECA
presenter in 2003 and has received numerous awards
including a grant from the Laila Art Fund and artist residencies in
Santiago, Cuba.

Artist Statement

All my life I have been a passionate reader of fiction. As in primitive
cultures, where people made art to help them understand life,
death and the events of their lives, my work has become increasingly
narrative, telling my own stories using imagery, form, line
and color. These personal stories are projected onto live models, with
whom I work in a spirit of creative collaboration. The
predominance of the figure in my work results from the many years when I
was a dancer and the body was the artistic instrument
to express emotion and ideas. In response to recent losses, betrayals and
tragedies, both collective and personal, great and small,
making art for me has been an affirmation of the healing power of the
creative process and of love in all its forms.

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