Building BIG: Coiling Large Vessels

July 19 - July 23, 2024

Building BIG: Coiling Large Vessels


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $90

In this workshop you will jump into the guided challenge of building a sculptural vessel over four feet tall. Over the course of 5-days, we will methodically work with a paperclay that Akiko Jackson has adapted from sculptor Matt Wedel’s clay body, whose recipe is widely used in ceramics studios across the nation. We will discuss and tackle the structural challenges an artist is faced when building big, such as how to plan around the resources you may or may not have access to, what alternative tools and materials can be used, and how to allow yourself to push the material. Our focus will be in the process of hands-on learning and you will take home your leatherhard work, and/or support the studio in a process of breaking down unfired work to repurpose as reclaimed material. Intermediate to advanced students may find this workshop a breeze, while beginners with some experience may find it challenging.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
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.
Ages: Adult



Akiko Jackson

Originally from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Akiko Jackson currently works in Philadelphia, PA. Jackson explores the visceral qualities of fiber and clay, reflecting. on ancestral traumas and the loss of maternal language. Her process, akin to weaving and vessel imprinting, demands time for reconciliation. Jackson’s path has been fueled by her drive to use art to nurture deeper connections in society. What does it mean for those of us who have lost the language of our mothers? How do we both honor and grieve displacement? Jackson has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies such as the Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the Roswell AiR Foundation, NM, and the Windgate Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center, VT. She has exhibited work in the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Her work is currently on view at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Terminal B through 2024.

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