Creating Zoological Vessels

July 21 - July 25, 2023

Creating Zoological Vessels


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $80

Animals hold a long tradition of visual and symbolic representation in ceramics. During our five days together, we’ll add to this tradition by sculpting and integrating our own animal figures with wheel thrown and hand built forms. Katherine will demonstrate how she throws classically functional pots then alters, sculpts, and carves, to create realistic animals embellishing the vessel. You will learn basic sculpting techniques such as the hollowing method, additive and subtractive sculpting, and how to give your animals expression and detail. Katherine will provide individual guidance to help you achieve a pleasing composition, structural integrity, and personal meaning in your finished work. Participants need some prior experience working with clay but can be new to sculpting. A basic ability to form a vessel either on the wheel or by hand building is required. Katherine will cover various techniques and ideas for glazing and firing the finished work in electric and wood kilns.

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


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Katherine Maloney

Katherine Maloney is a studio artist based on a farm in Southeast Virginia. She received her BA in ceramics at Guilford College and has participated in artist in residence programs, including STARworks Ceramics and as an assistant at Peters Valley ceramics studio. Katherine has taught workshops regionally and exhibited work nationally at galleries such as Charlie Cummings Gallery and fine art shows including the Smithsonian Craft Show. Her work bridges the space between sculptural and functional ceramics, where animals become the narrators of Katherine’s wonder for the natural world. 

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