Moving Clay: A Wellness Workshop for Clay Artists

April 5 - April 19, 2023

Moving Clay: A Wellness Workshop for Clay Artists

$90.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $90

Wednesday, April 5 ~ 6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Wednesday, April 12 ~ 6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Wednesday, April 19 ~ 6:00pm-7:00pm EST

Your alignment in the studio matters! Most clay artists aren’t taught how to sit or stand well at the wheel, wedging clay, or pinching pots. Did you know that your movements can actually retrain your body to create strength in areas that might be lacking? Your studio practice directly influences the longevity of your hands and body, which ultimately affects your career. It’s not easy to unlearn the patterns and habits that our bodies have adapted to. But the good news is that your body is capable of developing new movement patterns that can strengthen your studio practice in the long run. As an educator, Missy feels a strong sense of responsibility to create a new understanding surrounding the relationships between our bodies and our studio practices. In this 3 week series, Missy will teach you how to move in a way that helps you find the relief you deserve so you can keep experiencing a lifetime of making. Your body is worth the effort! Courses with Missy include a mix of background information, such as how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation, and flexibility. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture.

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

 

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Type:
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Missy Graff Ballone

Missy Graff Ballone is the Founder and Podcast Host of Wellness for Makers! She is also the Author of Wellness for Makers: A Movement Guide for Artists. Her mission is to motivate and empower creatives, like you, through education, mindful-living, and movement! She uses her unique backgrounds as an Artist, Alignment-based Yoga Instructor RYT500, and Licensed Massage Therapist to make information about the body accessible to artists everywhere.  Missy graduated with her MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz and later decided to combine her backgrounds to bridge the gap between wellness and the artist studio practice. As an artist, Missy understands the aches and pains that go into having a creative practice. That’s why she decided to use her specializations to create this wellness offering just for you!

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