Heads and Hands in Clay

July 23 - July 27, 2021

Heads and Hands in Clay


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $75

Instead of tackling the figure holistically, this workshop aims to focus on two of the most expressive aspects of the figure: the head and hand. By working on parts individually, you will attain a more intimate understating of each aspect of the body. The ability to rotate, inspect, and work on body parts, free from a standing sculpture, can lead to a greater understanding of each of these challenging aspects of the figure. Through demonstrations and discussions, you will gain anatomical understanding as well as aesthetic considerations. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with knowledge of all the correct proportions and elements of these human extremities, ready to be assembled into their own sculpture or to keep as a reference for future ceramic sculptures.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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



Richard W. James

Richard W. James is currently an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Prior to this, he held long-term artist-in-resident positions at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT (2017-2019), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2016-2017), and Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China (summer 2015). Richard received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2016, where a portion of his thesis work received the 2016 International Sculpture Center and Sculpture Magazine Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He was the recipient of the James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award (2019) for emerging artist in contemporary craft as well as the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award (2018). He has written multiple articles for Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics: Technical and Ceramics Monthly. His work is featured in numerous private collections, publications, and websites including HI-FRUCTOSE and Glass Tire. He continues to exhibit regularly across the country, as well as past exhibits in China and Italy.

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