April 2016 Workshop
Repousse Figure Sculpture and Kiln Fired Surfaces
with Jane Kelsey-Mapel
Scottsdale Artists’ School
3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
April 14, 15 and 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$300. + $40. material fee / includes clay, underglaze and firing
Register: scottsdaleartschool.org or phone (480) 990-1422
During the first two days of the workshop, students will work in water-based clay using the repousse technique of working with clay slabs to create wall masks and small-scale torsos. Repousse, a term originating from a traditional metal working, technique is a process in which volume and structure are developed by pressing out forms from the back side of the slab. The clay comes to life, acting like skin as it stretches over one’s fingers. Students will be encouraged to work loosely, responding expressively and intuitively to the clay. The pieces will be bisque fired for the following Friday when students will apply translucent underglazes as washes and stains similar to watercolor painting. Jane will show examples and discuss a variety of fired surface decorating techniques. The pieces will receive their final firing and be ready for pick-up after the workshop.