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3720 Camel Grove, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904, USStudio Address

Bemis School of ArtOrganizational Affiliation

About the Artist Facilitator

From discovering adobe clay as a child to receiving a Masters Degree from San Diego State University in 1978, I just wanted to play in the mud! I’ve had the opportunity to study with many of our ceramic icons and traveled internationally for ceramic workshops. I was granted a teaching assistantship at San Diego State University, taught at Pikes Peak Community College, and retired from Cheyenne Mountain High School, District 12. I have owned a gallery/pottery, shown in numerous galleries and shows, been a Business of Arts Center artist and a member the Commonwheel Co-op in Manitou Springs. I am a two time Clayfest champion, was Teacher of the Year in District 12 and High School Art Educator of the Year awarded by Colorado Art Education Association. I teach at Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center, where I continue to share my knowledge and passion for clay with adults and children.

As the step-daughter of a Navy officer, I have an appreciation for the challenges of military family life. It will be an honor to work with military service members, veterans and their families to give a stimulating, expressive and beneficial clay experience. Come play in the mud with me!

MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

Create fabulous hand-built forms in clay, using low-tech tools for high-tech results. Make clay texturing tools while learning the basics of hand building — pinch, coil, and slab construction. Explore decoration techniques of texturing, sgraffito, stencil, resist, and image layering. There will be a focus on creating whimsical and self-expressive forms, with easy techniques to go from simple to complex design.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
Bemis School of Art
Located at:
818 Pelham Place, Colorado Springs
Date(s):
September 8 – November 24 (Sundays)
Time(s):
1-3 p.m.
Fabulous Hand-Built Forms

About this Experience

Create a tall thrown sculptural jar by stacking multiple smaller segments together. Connect two to three contoured tubes to build the jar. Once the tubes are stacked, sealed and the form refined, a lid is thrown for a tight fit. Modify your piece through the addition of textured slabs to create sculptural elements, which function as both handles and decoration. Explore the possibility of carving and/or sgraffito decoration. Finally, glaze the bisqued form.





Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Bemis School of Art
Located at:
818 Pelham Place, Colorado Springs
Date(s):
September 8 – October 13 (Sundays)
Time(s):
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Segmented Sculptural Jar

About this Experience

Create an exotic and beautiful hinged clam jar combining the use of throwing and hand-building techniques. Throw two bowl forms that are joined, lip-to-lip like a clam, sealing air inside to support the form for shape refinement, then cutting the lid, adding hinge components and decorative elements. This project lends itself to carving, sgraffito and sculpting in an abstract, or organic design. Finally, glaze the bisqued form.





Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Bemis School of Art
Located at:
818 Pelham Place, Colorado Springs
Date(s):
October 27 – December 8 (Sundays)
Time(s):
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hinged Clam Jar
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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