Pat Simons: The Art of Sculpting Clay Creatures & Critters, November 9–10, 2019



November 9–10, 2019     10am–4:30pm

Cost: $250         (PS members & PS students $225)       Limited enrollment

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In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a domestic, wild or imaginary animal, creature or critter of their choice. Pat encourages and fosters an enthusiastic, whimsical approach to building in clay. The day will begin with mindful meditation. Pat will demonstrate how to build an animal using hand-building techniques and will describe wheel-throwing techniques that might be used as an optional approach. Heads and bodies will be started the first day but not attached. The second day we will attach the parts, experiment with a variety of surface treatment options and complete the animal. This workshop is designed for both throwers and hand-builders with any level of experience working with clay.

Pat Simons is a Berkeley-based ceramic sculptor, teacher and member of The Potters’ Studio. Pat received a BS in Design at the University of Michigan, an MFA at the University of Chicago and an MAE at The Rhode Island School of Design. She has received numerous awards for sculpture and her work has been exhibited both locally and nationally.

“I have always loved throwing on the wheel. For the first ten years or so, I threw strictly functional pottery, but slowly the traditional pieces began to evolve into a sort of “funk”tional pottery, such as a camel toothbrush holder, a walrus menorah, and giraffe candlesticks. I found myself drawn to animals with exaggerated features, such as the wondrous rhinoceros, because of the way that I manipulate the clay.”