Saturday, April 26, 2014
Getting to the Surface
Location: Scaife Building
Aug 25-29, 2014
Meets 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
on Mon Tue Wed Th Fri
Work with Massachusetts-based master artist Adero Willard to learn how to create new and exciting surfaces on clay by layering color and pattern, and playing with principles of transparency and opacity. The goal of these explorations is to generate new ways to work with form and surface that bring out the personality of your clay forms. A basic understanding of how to work with clay is required. This workshop is part of PCA’s new Master Artist Workshop Series.
Instructor -- Adero Willard
Adero Willard currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Previously, Adero taught at the Chautauqua Institute and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. Adero received a BFA from Alfred University in 1995 and an MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. In 2008 she completed a one-year residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. As a full-time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows, including Ferrin Gallery, Craft Boston and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Adero's decoration techniques are being featured in a book on glazes being released in August 2014 by Quarto Publishing. Her lifelong interest in surface decoration is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage. View her work at aderowillard.com.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
It has been a very cold and snowy winter here in western Massachusetts. Having a view of the river from my pottery studio is one of the things I always look forward too about coming in to work. However, this winter all that view has done is reinforce the conditions.
My designs on the pieces included in this year's show follow a theme similar to the this one.
If you know my work, you might be surprised by the mono-chromatic nature of this design. Don't worry: I am not about to abandon color!
But I do enjoy how the positive/negative contrasts become more prominent with a pared down palette. I like the "windows" that the decoration moves through and around, and alterations to the form that invite the hand to hold it.
In some new pieces that I am in the process of making now, I am taking some of these ideas a step or two further. I want the geometry and the organic elements to interact more. (That light blue you see is the wax I use for resist techniques.)
The natural light helps take some sting out of the winter.
Besides yunomi as a drinking vessel, I am working on some pots that bring some of the same proportionality and design theme to different objects. There is something about the ceremonial quality that is making me excited to see how these will come out (they are waiting for their first firing).
So here's to March and new beginnings...and getting to summer.