InFluency- Vessel Making from Historical Prompts

June 16 - June 20, 2023

InFluency- Vessel Making from Historical Prompts


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $65

In this workshop we will study historical vessels from around the world to inspire, analyze form, and reinvent. We will build new and exciting vessels by combining both hand building and throwing skills and needed.  We will integrate all forming methods as needed while analyzing and using the historical prompts shared via daily presentations to develop unique new forms of our own. We will have time for experimentation in the green state, with one round of bisque firing to stabilize our work for transport. A solid understanding of wheel throwing and good control of all basic hand building skills (coil, pinch and slab) is a helpful.  This is the perfect course if you are looking to develop new directions in your work.

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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Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is associate professor of ceramic art and director of graduate studies in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University where he received his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lectures and residencies. His works are represented by the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia and are also held in numerous private and public collections including, Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and Indiana State Museum.

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