This hands-on workshop will cover a wide range of surface techniques for creating a rich assortment of texture, pattern, and imagery to express your ideas on the ceramic surface.
We will explore carving, stamps and impressions, inlay, stencils, resist materials, several print methods, and a variety of underglaze applications.
We will work on tiles of various stages: wet through bisque.
The surface skills learned during the workshop can be applied in your studio to sculpture or pottery, for a range of temperatures.
Bring your favorite tools and brushes.
Come ready to play and explore!
Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring your your lunch.
$55 for teachers, $80 for non-teachers
Materials are included, but bring our own clay tools.
Continuing Education Units Available. Contact Liz Lauter for information
Event Location: Redwood High School, room 514
395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, Ca. in Marin County
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About the Artist
I create assembled sculptures with a visual density of pattern, imagery, and detail. Rather than edit down to the minimal, I embrace the complexity of our visual culture. Using a “maximalist” approach, I construct an accumulated and intricate viewing experience. This method of layering information leads the viewer into the piece on a non-linear journey, in which connections are formed in a variety of ways. Maximalist work requires the viewer to become actively involved in exploring the artwork, and takes the viewer to a place where they are surrounded and immersed in concepts and imagery. I think of my sculptures as three-dimensional collages, where chains of ideas are layered to create a cohesive whole.
My primary sculptural medium is clay, which I treat as a canvas for two-dimensional exploration. Surface techniques used include carving, painting, impressing found and hand-carved textures, screen-printing hand-drawn and photographic digital images, and creating images with handmade stencils. The layering and multiple firings of underglazes and low-fire glazes achieve the painterly textures and colors
Tiffany Schmierer grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of West Chester. She completed her BFA degree at the University of Oklahoma in three-dimensional arts. She then moved to the West Coast where she earned her MFA in ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2004. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Skyline College in San Bruno where she teaches Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design. Schmierer has a studio in San Francisco, and exhibits her sculpture annually in national and regional shows.
Learn more at her website: www.tiffanyschmierer.com
Contact Liz Lauter
MAKE YOUR MARK: Techniques for Creative Surface Designs
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Redwood High School
Rm 514, the Ceramics Room
Continuing Education Credits available!
Marin County Office of Education
Integrated Learning Specialist Program