In this two-day workshop we will consider the box as both a practical and a metaphorical container, exploring the multitudinous ways in which form, gesture, and surface decoration interact to produce a useful tool with a compelling narrative. Using building techniques from slabs and coils to bisque molds and extrusion, we’ll look at how to create strong seams, cut lids, plan for warping and shrinkage; how to incorporate drawers, doors, handles, and knobs; how to nest trays, cups, sculptures, or additional boxes inside the primary one; how to incorporate animal and botanical themes in both two and three dimensions; and how to apply slips and textures for cohesive design. By the end of the workshop students should have a few sturdy pieces ready for bisque ring. Some handbuilding experience is helpful but not necessary. Tools that will prove useful, if you have them: Exacto knife, rolling pin, sti and exible rubber ribs, smooth and serrated metal ribs, beveling wire, pin tool, brushes for slip application.
Workshop taught by Susan Bergman