5:00 - 6:30 PM, TUESDAYS (ALL SESSIONS OCCUR ONLINE)
AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25, SEPTEMBER 1 (5 SESSIONS)
CLAY HOUSTON MEMBERS: $250*
$25 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BEFORE JULY 14
TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE**
LIMIT 10 PARTICIPANTS
In this 5 week seminar, we will consider work that uses mud as material and/or metaphor in 20th and 21st century visual art. Intersecting at crucial points with the discourse around clay and ceramics, we will look at mud’s formlessness, its messy ambiguities, and political suggestiveness in specific historical contexts. We will consider how a muddy discourse has affected writing about ceramics, and we will look at ceramists who bridge performance, pedagogy, sculpture, and social practice through their explorations of mud and its many cultural meanings. Case studies will include work by artists from the U.S., Central, and South America.
This workshop is specifically designed for artists and makers with an interest in clay, but is open for any participant interested in contemporary art, the environment, functional design, domestic space, messiness, dirt, and/or performance.
Participants will be asked to watch a short video presentation each week (approx. 20-30 minutes), with a related reading assignment (approx. 10-20 pages prose or up to 7 pages poetry). On Tuesday evenings, we will meet as a group via Zoom to workshop the ideas from the week’s topic. The Zoom conversation will include space for creative brainstorming, breakout sessions with small groups, and conversation expanding upon the images and histories from the week’s assignment.
Additional details can be found at: https://www.lauraagosto.com/seminars/2020/6/26/mud-amp-what-it-makes
*For every Clayhouston member registration, Clayhouston will donate $50 to Crafting the Future an organization that supports the effort to build racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of craft, art and design. For every non-member registration, Laura August will donate $50 to Raíces, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
**For a tuition scholarship, please write a short paragraph about why you want to take this class at this time and send it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by July 25.