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Instructors 2011

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01 Pietro Maddalena
17 Richard Phethean
18 Robbie Lobell
24 Susan Nemeth
25 Pietro Maddalena
27 Luca Tripaldi
27a Virginia Pates
28 T.Toland & B.C.Stichter
29 Pietro Maddalena
30 Luca Tripaldi
31 D.Polseno &      R.Hensley
33 P.Maddalena &             O.Mengucci
34 Ruthanne Tudball
36 Luca Tripaldi
37 Lorri Acott-Fowler
38 Pietro Maddalena
38A Pietro Maddalena
40 Melissa Farquhar
41 Carolyn Genders

28 The domestic and the wild.
Sculpting gesture into the figure

Tip Toland and Beth Cavener Stichter
July 3rd - 16th, 2011
Handbuilding. Intermediate and advanced

A  two week hands – on workshop and a chance to see and understand the entire working process of two outstanding sculptors. Cavener Stichter and Toland will cover a range of practical technical information about working in clay and  examine the logistics of creating human and animal figures. They will discuss how we transfer ideas and meaning visually and how we can tackle elements of gesture and expression with the goal toconvene something vital and unique.

Toland will demonstrate her building technique and how to animate gesture, the anatomy of expression, the nuances that imply a narrative and give voice to inner psychological states projecting aspects of humanity.

Cavener Stichter will cover a range of practical technical information about her unusual method of working with a solid mass of clay, afterwards hollowing each part of the sculpture down to the skin, before reassembling the entire piece. With subtle shifts in line and form she achieves dynamic, emotionally-charged expression.

Students will work in their own conceptual framework, creating maquette and from there one or more pieces, applying the technical methods and the firing and finishing options in their work.  Lectures and PowerPoint presentations will be given during the workshop to elaborate on a variety of topics throughout the workshop, and both artists will share their experience of the “commercial” side of being an artist. There will be time for outings to local beauty spots and optional day trips to famous locations during the weekend.

Cost € 1.700  It includes welcome dinner, lunches, lodging, tuition, materials and firings


La MeridianaTip Toland was born outside of Philadelphia and now lives in Vaughn, Washington. She received her MFA from Montana State University in 1981. In 1986 She received a visual arts Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught extensively nationally and locally at schools including Louisiana State University, University of Montana, Montana State University, University of Washington and Seward Park Clay Studio. She exhibits nationally and is represented by Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY and Pacini Lubel.  Her work is in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

La MeridianaBeth Cavener Stichter is currently a full-time professional studio artist. She received her BA in sculpture from Haverford College and her MFA from Ohio State University. She was awarded the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2005, and the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2004.  She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She has exhibited nationally (at such institutions as the Smithsonian Museum) and internationally and has taught numerous workshops across the country. www.followtheblackrabbit.com

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