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Clay is the ultimate sculptural material. It is malleable, able to follow our impulse, record an action or show the force of gravity.  Clay creates structure, changing from liquid to solid and transforming  over time and  by fire.  I am very happy to be teaching in the fabulous Clay School Studio on South Hill.  Thank you Bri and Julie.

The Clay Body and the Sister
Notes about sculpture and my return to clay
 

There is time for my own work.  It is the most important thing.  Chalk pastel, vibrant colors, and soft edges let me turn up the volume on the landscape.

The camera lets me troll around and really look at the marks close up. 

Given the materials and the methods, they imagined a community. Over the  days The town became laced together by paths crossing  the river, up ladders and over bridges  The strong social aspect is something that surprised me. 

Not everyone learns how to sew. Many adults can't do it. They would be able to sew  if someone had showed them how, but nobody ever did. Andrea taught sewing in her workshop.  She caught children's interest with an invitation to make their own sweet mouse and she set them in motion to sew.  Its an essential skill in life.

It is very useful to take a week to consider a single idea. The current workshop at the studio,  Habitats and Architecture fits with many other things that I have been interested in, following a progression of ideas about structure, biomimicry and what we build as humans.  I am most interested in the activities of building, how the houses, nests, dens boroughs come together.

Workshops start with having a picture of who will be attending and then a  general idea, an inkling.  It is something compelling or useful to that group of kids, a set of visual skills and experiences to take forward.

1/19/15 was a good day for bugs and people in the studio.  This includes both spiders and insects, which are not the same thing.  Besides all of us people,big and small, there was a walking stick with 5 legs, who stuck around, a cockroach laying eggs and hissing, tarantulas pouncing on crickets, assassin bugs and a centipede. 

In Sketchbook Frenzy everything usually happen in the sketchbooks however some afternoons the drawings will just not stay put.  It all started with Kai's Tiny Tiny,  which is a cutout dog that is less than one inch long. 

Kai is not even in this class, however I was so taken with her Tiny, that I had to show off tiny Tiny and then 'giant Tiny' projected on the wall. 

Work in pastel sits between drawing and painting.  Its all about dense quick color. Some say pastel painting, others say drawing.  

Here are some sketches from classes this past week.  

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