Patricia Uchill Simons: Animal SculpturesFrom 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Patricia will share her techniques for creating sculptural animals. Patricia has 2 Masters Degrees in Functional Ceramics and has been making her animals for 25 years. Her works have been in Galleries in 43 states and two of her animals are included in the 500 Animals in Clay book by Lark Ceramics. She was chosen to participate in Amaco’s “Glaze Storm” and experimented with their glazes so that she can fire in an electric kiln. Don’t put off registering for this class. Her others have sold out!!
About the Artist
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. Collapsing the cylinders of soft clay creates the folds that lend a unique character to each piece and stamp it with my signature.
For coloring, a wash of manganese and iron or underglazes are added to these creatures, which are then fired to cone ten. The eyes are glazed to give them depth.
Workshop will be held at:
Leslie Ceramic & Crafts Supply
1776 Wright Ave
Richmond, CA 94804