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2012 Workshops

Become a Master of Plaster
with Nicholas Bivins
June 1–3, 2012

This intensive three-day hands-on plaster workshop will focus on the multitude of uses that plaster can accomplish. Both functional and sculptural approaches will be discussed and demonstrated through a progression of slide lecture presentations, physical demonstrations and hands-on working experience. Plaster will be discussed as a material in and of itself, as well as how its function can be used in the ceramic studio. The four main topics to be covered are plaster prototyping, slump/hump molds, press molds and slip casting molds.

The workshop is open to artists of all skill levels.


Saturday Morning, 2011
porcelain, decals, MDF, automotive paint
11" x 15" x 28"



Twelve, 2011
porcelain, decals, MDF,
automotive paint
70" x 28" x 10"



Nicholas Bivins, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, received an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA and BA from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is currently a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation where he received the Matsutani Fellowship. He is also a 2011 NCECA emerging artist.

Bivins makes highly functional, uniquely handmade objects for use. The reductive minimal aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his appreciation for all things precisely done with style. The ceramic pieces are high-fire slip cast porcelain with glaze and decals; the trays the pots rest upon are CNC-milled MDF, with automotive paint and rubber.