Paper Clay Workshop with Rebecca Hutchinson, 3/28-30
This workshop with Rebecca Hutchinson will introduce participants to the amazing and dynamic world of paper clay while assisting students in developing their personal creative voice. Using multiple paperclay elements, including found objects, Rebecca will work with you to create your own sculptural piece while sharpening your conceptual approach. Participants will take home an initial fired project and additional pieces for a larger work in progress. No previous clay experience is required.
Demonstrations will include mixed media preparation and ceramic building techniques (assemblage, casting, weaving, slip trailing and paperclay mache).
The workshop will be balanced between material collection, demo watching, discussion of multiples and studio construction time.
Please note: the times for this three day workshop were created so that NCECA attendees could also attend.
$390 / includes allmaterials, firing and lunch (Sunday & Monday). Max 12 students.
Saturday,Mar 28, 3-6 pm*:
-Material intro including how to make paperclay or learn about resources to purchase already made paperclay.
- Lecture on Hutchinson's work
-Orientation to construction possibilities with discussions on engineering and an intro demo on handbuilding with fiber clay.
Sunday, Mar 29, 10-5 pm:
-Constructing all day with 6-7 demonstrations. How to build with non-traditional fiber processes with a ceramic material including weaving, crocheting, embroidery, papermache, dipping absorbent materials, etc.
-Load kiln and fire all night.
Monday, Mar 30, 10-5 pm:
-Constructing all day with additional demos in slip trailing, mono-printing, with individual mentorship for each participant to work on individual direction
-unload and review objects from kiln firing.
-Discuss non-firing options for finished works.
*Students are encouraged to stay for Rebecca's public artist talk from 6:30-8pm Saturday night at District Clay.
Rebecca Hutchinson is a pioneer in the paper clay movement and is known for her large scale paper clay sculptures as well as her inclusive teaching style. She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. She is a professor of ceramics at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A prolific studio artist, she spends her summers making at her Montana home and studio.
Hutchinson received her MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens and her BFA from Berea College. Her site specific works have been influenced by ecosystem dynamics and environmental concerns. Exhibitions include solo shows and installations at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN; Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Belgium Ceramics Biennial, Andenne, Belgium; Carleton College, MN; San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design; Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan; Vendrell Biennale,Vendrell, Spain; Keramikos Internationale della Ceramica D’Arte, Bracciano Museum, Bracciano, Italy; Racine Museum of Art; Turman Larison Contemporary; Fuller Craft Museum; Holter Museum of Art; The Society of Arts and Crafts; University of Tulsa; Lowe Museum of Art; Blue Star Contemporary, Vertigo Gallery-Denver; Islip Museum of Art; Skidmore College; and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte amongst others.
Rebecca was recently announced as the Massachusetts representative for the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2015 Women to Watch Exhibition. She is a New England Artist Award recipient and fellowship recipient from: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Virginia Cultural Commission, The North Carolina Arts Council, Virginia Commission of the Arts, a Museum of Fine Arts Maud Morgan Award finalist, NEA fellowship finalist for the Southern Arts Federation.
Images and articles of her work have been published in numerous publications and books including Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Korean Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, Sculpture, Revista Internacional Cerámica, Critical Ceramics, American Craft, La ceramica in Italia e nel mondo, and in Ceramic Sculpture. Lark Books, 2009, Additions to Clay Bodies, and Paperclay Community and Beyond, by AC Black- London.
In addition to publications, she has lectured and taught at over 70 international and national venues; 20 American university programs, NCECA, CAA, International Paper, Aberystwyth International Ceramic Conferences, Museums and Art centers such as: Vendrell Ceramics Museum, Tolfa Museum of Art, Bracciano Museum of Art, San Miguel de Allende Art Center, Taipei National Fine Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Southwestern Craft Center, Clay Art Center, Mendocino Art Center, Northern Clay Center, Peters Valley Art Center, Truro Art Center, Appalachian Craft Center, Brookfield Craft Center, Mudflats Ceramics, Guilford Crafts Center, and Manchester Crafts Guild.