Artisan Academy Workshops

With Elder Jones 

Wet Carved Concrete 3-day Workshop
July 25 – July 27, 2024 | $300 | Ages 16+

July 25: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
July 26: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
July 27: 10 a.m. – noon

Wet carving concrete is a technique that involves hand-carving a soft mixture of sand and cement. Each student will mix their own batch and place it in a form. As it starts to set, carving begins and must be completed before it becomes too hard to carve. Each participant will create a planter weighing approximately 40 pounds.

All supplies are included in the registration price.

Instructor Bio:
Elder Garrison Jones is a native “baby boomer” of Chattanooga Tennessee. He received his undergraduate, biology and art, and graduate, biology, degrees at Middle Tennessee State University. He was the only apprentice of the late Jack B. Hastings where he was exposed to wet-carving sand mix concrete and has developed his own style over the past forty years. He is also a graduate of the School of Healing Arts, The Estuary, in Nashville Tennessee with abilities in Kabbalistic and Auric healing.

Elder’s current studio and vegetable garden are in the mountains of western North Carolina.

The Painted Pot: Line, Color, Imagery
March 22 – 23, 2024 | $250 | Ages 16+

March 22: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
March 23: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Mark Arts Ceramics Studio
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This hands-on workshop will explore both wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery/sculpture, and drawing/painting on clay with a focus on building a personal approach to form and imagery/design (abstract and representational). Students are encouraged to bring sketches, visual resources and ideas for imagery they would like to explore. Demonstrations, power-point lectures and group discussion in this workshop will focus on basic forming and painting skills, but more, we will look to discover the potential of a curious and sensitive dialogue between the artist, the pot/sculpture, line, color and imagery. Forms created will be decorated with a direct and simple approach to painting with an earthenware underglaze. The technique is suitable for single-firing. Technically, we will cover earthenware clays, slips and glazes, the use of colored slips/engobes for painting on pots and sculptural form, and approaches to imagery. Suitable for beginning – advanced levels, or, for drawing/painting students wishing to crossover into clay work.

Instructor Bio:

Bede Clarke is a Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, having taught at Missouri 1992- 2021. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982). Bede’s work is found in collections in the U.S. and abroad, such as: Taipei County Yingke Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Ichon World Ceramic Center, South Korea, South Bend Museum of Art, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University. Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he produces his ceramic art work and continues to exhibit worldwide, recently at: Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Mo, University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University Bede has conducted over 100 workshops and lectures around the country and internationally. Awards have included: • Kansas City Artist Coalition Lighton International Artist Exchange Award • Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award • Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, New Zealand • Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts • University of Missouri Byler Distinguished Professor Award.

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