Why Porcelain? - Approaches to Sculptural Techniques and Details
Instructor: Carla Potter
Saturday, October 5, 10am-5pm
$90 members, students, and seniors (please use coupon code "Member10" at final online checkout)
This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Ages 16 and over are welcome to sign up for this special workshop.
This workshop will include a demonstration by Carla of her techniques, including her approach to working with the small-scale figurine, a discussion on her use of social commentary, and technical aspects and benefits of working with porcelain. A portion of time will be dedicated to some hands-on experimentation with this medium by workshop participants. Materials and some basic supplies will be provided. All levels welcome.
After spending most of her life in Alaska, a long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005 shook Carla Potter loose from the hold of that vast domain. Inspired by her residency at the Archie Bray she went to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln to get her MFA.
Carla spent 15 years presenting workshops in the public school system in Alaska. She has been a teacher and presenter in many collaborative projects that involve the public and institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey California and the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln Nebraska. Carla has shown her artwork extensively in the states of Alaska and Montana. Since her time at the Archie Bray she has pursued a national audience and has been part of many exhibitions across the country.
Working from her studio in Helena, Potter uses hand building techniques and works primarily with porcelain. Her work has taken a dramatic shift from the exuberant colorful sculptures inspired by her Alaskan environment to making delicate unglazed porcelain vessels and figurines that weave her own personal narrative with her experience of nature, Catholicism and the history of European art.
There will be a reception for Carla’s exhibition, Go Figure, at The Clay Studio of Missoula on Friday, October 4 from 5:30-9pm.