August 8: Living Sculpture with Michiko Murakami
Coil build a sculpture and transform it with chia seeds -- a project focused on the ability for ceramics to support plant life and ceramic abstraction.
Sunday August 8, 2021
Still Life Studio
850 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Bring your pots to life — literally! — in this two part coil building workshop. During our first meeting, build an abstract sculpture in clay; once it’s fired, you’ll prepare and apply seeds to transform it into a vibrant, living sculpture.
This idea for this workshop was conceived as East LA based artist Michiko Murakami began thinking about life’s difficulties during the pandemic; quiet moments of reflection led her to consider life that many city dwellers may not pay attention to, like weeds growing in the cracks of concrete or how much a living plant changes a room’s atmosphere.
Michiko says, “I build abstract sculptures that remind me of natural earth formations in nature because I ‘think’ with my feelings, and feelings have no shape as they shift from moment to moment. Abstraction also lends to letting go of the need to control the outcome which I feel is much needed in the present time. Working in earth material is grounding as well as supportive, metaphorically and literally, and so I am really grateful to be able to share this with others during this difficult time for all. I hope this can give people some joy and excitement as they build and watch things grow right before their eyes.”
This workshop is great for beginning to intermediate level potters. A bit of clay experience is recommended, and more experienced potters will be able to use Michiko’s unique coiling and sculpting methods to build a larger piece. We will provide clay, tools and materials, and firing for your piece.
Michiko Murakami received her MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA in Studio Art from CSULA. Her work ranges from animated multi-media drawings to ceramic objects and explores the in-between spaces of culture, consciousness and class in her own cheeky way. She has exhibited nationally, most recently for the 2020 Quartz Inversion online exhibition capturing the work and reflections of over sixty international ceramists during the global Coronavirus pandemic, 2019 for No Man’s Land, White Brick Gallery in Ferndale, MI and NCECA’s 2019 annual exhibition, The Form Will Find Its Way, in Minneapolis, MN. Michiko has taught at CSU Fullerton, Ventura College and East Los Angeles College. She lives and works in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, CA, where she was born and raised.
Masks and social distancing are required at all times at the studio.
Cancellations made 4 or more days before the start of the class will be refunded. A 50% refund or 50% credit toward another class or workshop will be given for cancellations made fewer than 4 full days before the start date.