March 30-31, 2012: Barbara Knutson
9:00am – 4:00pm
“I grew up on a Vermont Farm, feeling the freedom to indulge in fantasies evoked by the smell of a mossy spring…the sense of excitement and anticipation as winter changes into spring. I have put down my roots in the soil of my gardens and in the clay in my studio. I am working to join my physical environment and my spiritual sense of place into a lifestyle that joins purpose and livelihood.
I am committed to functional pottery. My pots are often vaguely suggestive of human attributes. My hand building techniques bring out the subtle sensuousness of soft clay as I push out the forms to enhance a gestural quality. My textures give the form acostume- dressed up in style with images from nature superimposed on dots and waves. The glaze I am using runs and pools into the recesses to enhance the textures.
This past year I’ve made a big decision to no longer wholesale or do shows. We sold our booth, tent, trailer, and motor home. After so many years of making pots for sale I have a new focus. I will try all the processes I never took time for. I’ve started working in porcelain. A lovely person gave me some hand made Chinese brushes and I want to learn how to use them. Also, with a few friends who are painters, we are going to start monoprinting clay surface to clay surface with underglazes and slips at Cone 6. I find new work comes from having an idea and work, work, work to bring that idea into a clay piece that speaks to my aesthetic with emotion.passion and hopefully beauty.”
About the workshop:
“For this upcoming workshop I want to share with you my “secrets” : texturing, construction techniques, pattern making, glaze formulas, etc.
January 27-28, 2012
During our second workshop with Nan Jacobsohn, we will explore Bas Relief Sculpture: a process that combines the best of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. Sculptural tile, Bas Relief is a challenging and exciting surface in clay using various handmade texture tools. Nan will make a plaster mold of a tile in order to press multiple copies. We will cover special considerations and techniques adhering tile to walls to create large installations. This demonstration workshop will equip us to return to our studios and explore this exciting technique!
“I don’t know when the urge to create began. It has always been there from earliest memory. It started with painting and drawing, but once I discovered sculpture and particularly clay, over twenty years ago, I was totally obsessed. There is a prose poem by Byrd Baylor that states, “Clay remembers the hands that made it.” I love the fact that you connect directly with the clay with your fingers and it responds like a living thing. Although many images inspire me and I sculpt a variety of subjects, the image of the horse and women’s stories are my passion.
I use a variety of construction techniques. My pieces are mainly coil built, but slab methods and solid modeling (with subsequent hollowing of the shape) are also employed. I smoke-fire, Raku, saggar-fire or glaze the sculpture depending on the desired finish. I am especially drawn to smoke and saggar firing because of the added life the fire imparts to the image. No matter how excited I may be about a finished sculpture, there is always an overwhelming sense of anticipation about the next one to grow out of the clay.”