Manipulating and Carving Clay

Manipulating and Carving Clay

Live Broadcast: Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:00 PM - 4 PM EDT
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Wheel thrown ceramic vessel, I will demonstrate how I set up and prepare a vessel for carving. I will demonstrate how to double rib a form to compress the clay walls, remove any throw rings, extra slip, or moisture, to leave a smooth surface on the inside as well as the out. By doing this it allows the clay walls to dry more evenly, giving you the ability to manipulate the clay walls without cracking. By removing the throw rings from the inside, it allows you to push the image out from the inside without distorting the image. I will then demonstrate how to draw, transfer, and push an image (elephant) out of the vessel so it looks 3D as if the image is coming out of the vessel without adding any clay or weight to the form. I will also talk about or demonstrate working with and carving porcelain and how it is different than stoneware. I will then demonstrate how to manipulate the image by pushing in and out, relief carving and cleaning up the carved image. The main focus of this workshop is for students to understand clay moisture, image transfer, clay manipulation, relief carving an image to make it looks as though clay has been added without adding clay to the form.
Skills:
A beginning understanding of clay either wheel thrown, or hand built and clay moisture. This demonstration is for anyone who has ever wanted to try to carve an image or get porcelain translucent.
This class is for anyone from beginner to advanced and anyone in between or outside of those areas of comfort. There is no real size or strength requirement to complete this technique, anyone can apply these steps to their own work and style.
Bio:
Kyle Guymon, artist, potter from Bountiful Utah, other teaching: Clay Arts Utah, Adjusting Sails, Red Kiln, workshop at Westminster College, Pocosin Arts Center collections: private collectors.
I have always that that my art needed to have a person connection between the work that I was making and the people who had an impact on my life. If this past year has taught me anything, it is that those connection are what keep me going, they are what lock me in my studio for hours on end. Those personal connections are a way for me to stay connected while wearing a mask and social distancing.
The personal connections come between the images that I carve and the people within my life that they represent. The succulent images come from becoming a father and watching my children grow like the Fibonacci spiral, the birds come from the days of bird watching with my grandma, the elephant image comes from my grandpa and family friend who growing up had elephants in their homes and the fish image represents spending time with my family in the outdoors while the world was shut down.

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  • Manipulating and Carving Clay Live Session

    Wheel thrown ceramic vessel, I will demonstrate how I set up and prepare a vessel for carving. I will demonstrate how to double rib a form to compress the clay walls, remove any throw rings, extra slip, or moisture, to leave a smooth surface on the inside as well as the out. By doing this it al...