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Totems, Stacking Totems and Narrative Clay Sculpture 5-Day Workshop

A totem is one or more objects that helps tell the story of an individual or group. Totems, like shrines and other empowered objects, are a way to zero in on what inspires you or is meaningful. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate. From these source materials, we will develop and design one or more totems to make in clay. You may end up with a number of standalone pieces or pieces and parts for a stacking totem. You are invited to scale your work to a size that best suits your objectives for the week and comfort level, and within that scale, I will provide guidance and instruction in construction. We’ll look at a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful, but not required.
July 19–23, 2018, 10 am–4 pm (plus open studio hours) in West Linn
$400 includes materials and bisque firing.

For more info or to sign up, email sara.swink@gmail.com or call 971-271-0480.