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The Narrative Figure

Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kelly and Kyle Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques they use to create figurative ceramic relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how their work is created and discuss how the use of the figure can be the perfect vehicle to communicate topics like but not limited to social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial idea generation, inspiration from music, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, hollowing, drying, and firing techniques, and final presentation will be revealed. By the end of the workshop, each student will have a better understanding of how to produce their own ceramic figurative narrative. In this workshop, the twins will create high relief figurative-narratives that will be influenced by their blue-collar working-class background.