Exuberant Clay: Form & Surface with Carol Gouthro

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Exuberant Clay: Form & Surface
Instructor: Carol Gouthro
Week 2: August 9-15, 2020

Create exuberant, unique and voluptuous hand-built forms in clay. In this workshop Carol Gouthro will demonstrate her signature Segment Mold Process. Learning Carol's innovative mold making technique will allow you to incorporate pleated, undulating and expressive forms into your ceramic vessels and sculptures, like those we marvel at in Carol's masterworks.

We will also work with wooden drop molds. Carol will demonstrate how to combine, cut and re-assemble shapes to arrive at many differing expressions of form. We will follow Carol’s rich, multi-layered approach to surface from wet clay, bone dry to bisque. Techniques for creating depth and texture will be explored, including the use of textured skins to wrap forms and clay sprig molds to embellish. Focus on color and pattern will be given through numerous demonstrations using slips, underglazes, stains, wax, shellac and paper patterns. Carol will share the many processes that she has developed in over 40 years of working with clay.

Sample of class activities:
We will begin by drawing simple shapes on paper and cutting paper templates, and then proceed to sculpt solid clay into a right angle wooden form. Next we carve and facet the clay form adding bas relief if desired. Instructor will demonstrate this process step by step.

Mix and pour plaster over the solid clay prototype and make a simple ¼ segment plaster press mold. Un-mold the forms, clean mold and begin to use it right away.  From this segment press mold we will build numerous forms by connecting, altering stacking, piercing and re-combining the component parts.

Continue building forms and making combinations. Instructor will demonstrate methods for creating texture slabs to be used to create texture skins on leather hard clay. We will add color to our pieces using  multiple surface design  techniques. Finally the work will be bisque fired.

Class Material Fee $62.50
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About Carol

Carol Gouthro, a graduate of the School of Art , University of Manitoba , Canada, is a Seattle based ceramic artist and educator who has been maintaining a studio practice and exhibiting for over 40 years. Carol has an extensive exhibition record of solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions, including the current installation of her work in the forum at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Other recent shows include Profusion at Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018, The Subversive Flower, NCECA  2018, Pittsbrugh, Pa,  Biomophics, at  Studio Amoca, Pasadena,Ca, The Evocative Garden NCECA National  2017 Portland, curated by Gail Brown,  and Function, Form & Fantasy, Ceramics from the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger Collection at the Flint Institute of Art, May-Aug 2016. 

Her ceramic works have been published in many books and periodicals including the March 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly with a feature article on her work by Matthew Kangas , Carol Gouthro at Gallery IMA and the March 2018 issue with a feature article by Heidi McKenzie, Ebullience and Gusto with Carol Gouthro. Her works are included in many public and private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Kamm Foundation Collection, and Kolvo/Sullivan Ceramic Collection

Carol teaches workshops internationally, teaching at La Meridiana International Ceramic School  Italy, May 2019 and at the Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali Indonesia in August 2019. In the Seattle area she has been a ceramics instructor at the Seward Park Clay Studio and the Kirkland Arts Center for over 25 years.

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