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2012 Workshops

The Psychologically Charged Figure
with Christina West
September 21–23, 2012

In this fast-paced three-day workshop, West will demonstrate the simple and direct pinching technique that she uses to create hollow, realistically rendered ceramic figures. In addition to focusing on observation and basics of proportion and structure, participants will consider how attributes such as gesture, facial expression, and posture can psychologically charge their sculptures. Working from photos taken during the workshop, each participant will build an expressive,
¾ life-sized bust. An image presentation featuring both contemporary and historical figurative sources will offer inspiration and context for the work being made.

The workshop is open to artists with all skill levels, but some clay experience is recommended.


What a Doll: the Human Object as Toy, 2010–2011,
glazed ceramic and stuffed fabric
figures approximately 4' tall


Untitled (braiders), 2006
painted ceramic
46" x 26" x 50"



Christina West lives in Atlanta, GA, where she is a sculptor and assistant professor of art at Georgia State University. West received a BFA from Siena Heights University and an MFA from Alfred University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, and the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. She shows her work extensively across the country and is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery.