Thursday, November 25, 2010

Never a dull moment around Lillstreet...

And the Ceramics department is no exception. Last weekend's workshop with Alessandro Gallo was a smash hit, student work keeps moving through the kilns keeping our monitors busy, and there is plenty to look forward to in the new year.

Alessandro Gallo's workshop, "I've Created a Monster", was a non stop buzz of activity last weekend. A mix of fourteen new and returning students participated, each sculpting their own seated "monster." Overall themes of the workshop were of proportion and form, while Alessandro offered personal attention to each student.

Will Del Genio snapped a great picture of Alessandro in the midst of the workshop as he surveyed the creation, including Will Del Genio's very own "monster".

Next stop for those monsters will be one of Lillstreet's kilns. Lillstreet has a dedicated team firing kilns back to back- a more rigorous program is hard to find. let's take a sneak peak of hard working monitors making it happen.

Marisa Hricovsky putting together the puzzle as she loads a Bailey kiln with biskware- are any of those neatly nestled pots yours?

Taking the puzzle apart and getting work back to students as fast as she can, Shawna Tuttle is more than half way there.

The student shelves were brimming with gorgeous wares Saturday morning.

A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU! to all the monitors who make it happen. We're all looking forward to what will come out of the early winter sessions now under way. Speaking of looking forward...

We have an upcoming show in the gallery, "CHROMA" showcasing the work of Hiroe Hanazono and Mikey Walsh, running January 28 through February 27. Both artists will be attending an Artists Reception on February 11 from 6-9pm. But wait, there's more! Hiroe Hanazono will be leading a two day workshop the following weekend.

From Template to Mold: Designing Functional Forms without the Wheel

February 12 & 13
10am - 5pm

Cost if registered by January 21:

Cost if registered after:$250

During this two-day workshop we will explore the creation of unique original functional forms by making simple molds. We will start with precise drawings and transform them into wood and clay templates for plaster mold-making. Hiroe will demonstrate basic plaster mold-making techniques as she works with students to make a mold of their own unique form. Hiroe will also present a slide lecture including source material, inspirations for her work, and a pictorial sequence of her design process. Basic ceramic or sculpture experience helpful, but all levels are welcome.

You heard it here first! Sign up now to secure your spot, and stay tuned in to see what we have in store for you next.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Don't Miss Your Chance...

Hello Lillstreet ceramicists!

There is a lot going on around the studio as the holiday season rolls on in. Highlights include the beginning of early winter classes, a workshop with a world renowned artist, and fresh student work coming out of the kiln. Remember to sign up for early winter classes starting the weeks of November 22 & 29th.

Check out “I’ve Created a Monster” with Alessandro Gallo next weekend, November 20-21. Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to learn from a master as we practice emblematic sculpture.

Don’t miss out on your chance to spend some quality time with our own beloved artist-in-residence Momoko Usami as she finishes out her two years with us. Opportunities include handbuilding classes and the following one day workshops:

Ocarina: Wednesday, December 1 from 2 to 5pm

Inkoku: Saturday, December 11 from 2 to 4pm

Taste of Enamel: Saturday, December 18 from 2 to 4pm

Last, but most certainly not least, check out the great work by your fellow classmates that came out of the kilns this past week.  These amazing sculptural pieces are by Randy Stearns.