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Handbuilding: Spirituality in Abstracted Nature

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July 15, 2022
July 18, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Participants will learn basic techniques for working with clay using pinching, slab, coiling and kurinuki. The focus will be put on the spirituality of each participant using nature as metaphor: river, estuary, ocean, waves, mountains, rocks, clouds, sky, etc. The observation of nature, each person’s inner conversation and the sharing of one’s ideas and work are core parts of this workshop. After the workshop, finished works will be bisque fired at Sitka and particpants will pick them up a couple of weeks after the workshop is over.

About the Instructor(s)

Ruri has been working with clay for over 40 years. After the apprenticeship under master Mashiko potter, Tatsuzo Shimaoka, she established her studio and kiln in rural Sheridan, Oregon. In 2004 she had her anagama kiln (wood firing climbing kiln) constructed, named it FuuKooGama (Wind and Light Kiln). She has been focusing on abstract sculpture fired in her anagama and other wood fire kilns.

Nature is her important source of inspiration, as well as all kinds of relationships in our daily life.

Materials List: Students Bring

Note: these basic tools can be found at Georgie’s in Portland:

• Shaping tools (a fork or knife will work also)

• Canvas: 2 12" x 12"

• Plywood or masonite board: 2-4 12"x12" 1/2"

• Small sponge

• Plastic containers (yogurt, deli container, etc.) for water (bring a couple)

• Plastic sheets

• Objects for creating textures

• Lazy suzan/banding wheel if any

• Paint brushes if any

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Clay

• Rolling pins

• Banding wheels

• Bats, and board

• Extra big canvases

• Brushes

• All the tools I use

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