Coil + Pinch Vessels with Giselle Hicks - Santa Monica

$225.00 Regular price

Join Giselle Hicks in a workshop exploring the hand-built vessel using a coil and pinch technique. During this one-day workshop, Giselle will demonstrate how she makes her vessels while discussing the benefits and possibilities the coil and pinch technique has to offer in your own studio practice. The morning will consist of a demo, discussion, and simple drawing exercises. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to work on their own ideas using the technique. By the end of the day, students will (should/could) have a finished piece to fire. 

Coil and pinch is a fundamental ceramic process, so this is a great class for beginners, intermediate and advanced makers. The technique can be applied to both functional and sculptural forms. Giselle will begin with an overview of the fundamentals of coil building including rolling coils and pinching up a wall. The bulk of the demonstration will focus on the components and considerations for coiling compound forms. Giselle will address how to achieve clear transitional edges, the importance of timing with coil building, and constructing cantilevered planes.

Students are encouraged to create a small bud vase (6-10) inches tall by using the technique to finish the vessel within the time frame of the workshop.

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Still Life Studio // Santa Monica 

850 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

This is a one-day workshop meets on:

Sunday, January 8th, 2022 // 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Raised in a restaurant family in Southern California, I was drawn to ceramics as a teenager and aspired to be a potter while studying ceramics at Syracuse University and eventually Alfred University in New York state. I have spent the past 24 years making objects in clay - a material that tends to attract grounded, community-oriented people who are interested in history, anthropology, sociology, chemistry, physics, and eating. Potters love to eat. They are a convivial bunch.

Until recently, my career has been fairly nomadic. I have followed opportunities to participate in residencies, worked for a gallery, taught at universities, and managed the ceramics program at an art center. Given these varied experiences, I have realized that though my creative identity finds its center in the studio, it is essential that my work and knowledge move out into the classroom, marketplace, and community in order to evolve and thrive.

I feel fortunate to have found a material that has offered an unconventional life with innumerable opportunities to study, travel and teach around this country and the world. I recently purchased a home and studio in Helena, Montana, a community I was introduced to as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. I continue to teach workshops and participate in gallery exhibitions, in addition to working with interior design firms and retail shops to place work in hotels, restaurants, and homes. 

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Cancellations made 4 or more days before the start of the class will be refunded. For cancellations made fewer than 4 full days, but more than 24 hours before the start time, a 50% refund or 50% credit toward another class or workshop will be issued. We cannot provide refunds or credits for cancellations or rescheduling requests made fewer than 24 hours before the start time of class, if you miss your class, or arrive too late to participate.