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Hand Building: Abstracted Forms

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Hand Building: Abstracted Forms
. Ruri
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$425 plus $35 Materials Fee
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February 26, 2019
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March 12, 2019

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Based on the observation of nature around you, for example Cascade Head, Salmon River estuary, clouds, mountains, waves, etc., practice drawing focused on the contours and lines against the outer space and make small clay sketches based on these drawings. These clay sketches will become the bases to make bigger forms using pinching, coiling and slab construction. All three techniques will be demonstrated on the first day. This workshop is open for all levels of working with clay.

All the work will be bisque fired and you have the option of wood fire with an extra fee.

About the Instructor(s)

Ruri has been working with clay for over 38 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


• Any clay and molding related tools you have- kitchen utensils can also be used as tools (knife, fork,

onion slicer, rolling pins, lazy susan, small sponge, etc.


• A board with canvas stretched about 1.5’x 2’

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• Clay

• Big rolling pin

• Small pcs of canvas

• Small boards

• Wedging board

• Banding wheels

• Tools to share

• Texturing tools

• Brushes

• Big sponges

• Thin cotton cloth

• Plastic sheets

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