Four Unique Artists Presenting Workshops in June and July
If you’ve ever had inkling to enter the world of ceramics or want to expand your skills, Selkirk College is offering a unique opportunity.
The Summer of Ceramics at Kootenay Studio Arts will bring the styles and teachings of four veteran clay artists to Nelson for a series of ceramics workshops over the next two months. The workshops will unite creative individuals at all levels for both weekend and weeklong workshops. The interactive courses will be led by working artists that will exchange stories and insights into their lives and creative practice.
Sunshine Cobb will be one of the artists providing workshops during the Summer of Ceramics at Nelson’s Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College.
The workshops start with Sarah Pike who will be putting on a five-day workshop from June 9 to 13 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Pike studied ceramics at the Alberta College of Art & Design, the University of Colorado and the University of Minnesota. Now a full-time potter working Fernie, Pike will break the boundaries between throwing and hand-building. Students will come away with a toolbox of new ideas and processes that can easily be applied to their own work.
Cathy Terepocki will run a two-day workshop on June 14 and 15 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) that will teach a variety of printing techniques like photo transfers, tissue transfers and screen printing to create new surfaces on finished work. Originally from Ontario, Terepocki graduated with a fine arts degree from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2004. She runs a successful business selling functional ceramics as well as an extensive jewellery line sold at shops and galleries throughout Canada.
Sunshine Cobb will offer a hands-on workshop that will motive students to experiment with new forms and methods of construction in a five-day workshop that runs from June 23 to 27 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Geared toward creative expansion, beginner, intermediate and advanced students will use hand-building techniques such as coil and pinch methods to generate a variety of vessel forms. Cobb graduated with a MFA in Ceramics from the Utah State University and is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.
The Summer of Ceramics wraps up with a five-day workshop from July 7 to 11 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) where Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. Sharing his experience of studying in Korea, Field will teach new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns, and will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. Field currently works out of Helena, Montana and his works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally.
All workshop participants will interact and learn from generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials and ceramic history. Students will gain skills and confidence to create work in their own voice in all of the workshops. All skill levels are welcome.
If Summer of Ceramics workshops spark an even deeper passion for the arts, check out Selkirk College’s certificate and new expanded diploma programs at Kootenay Studio Arts that begin in September.