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Color On Clay

Anika majoR

In this one-day workshop, we will explore the surface in its entirety. We will learn to layer colors with AMACO underglazes using additive and reductive decoration techniques like mishima and sgrafitto. Surface designs can be personal narratives, painterly, abstracted, and everything in between! Demonstrations will include decorating two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Discussions will include how form can affect the design, and simple ways to translate your ideas into clay.

Students should bring leather-hard greenware to work with. We will construct simple wall hangings to utilize as canvases. Participants are also encouraged to bring their favorite texture tools and stamps to incorporate into their work. We will be working with white cone 5/6 clays, and considering how firing temperature will affect your surface. Basic handbuilding experience and knowledge of kiln firing is helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels.

Anika Major is a Texas-born artist now living and working in Seattle, WA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 2018 from the University of North Texas in Painting and Ceramics. Her functional handbuilt forms feature painterly surface designs and are figurative in focus and emphasizing soft, intimate, and domestic subject matter.