This workshop will include: writing prompts, drawing exercises, discussion of vessels as metaphor, guided meditation and the making of two vessel forms; one to be kept and one to be gifted.
The cereal bowl or coffee mug we pull out of the cupboard each morning are certainly important; the objects we surround ourselves speak about where we place value.
Likewise, the actual act of making with attention and care has tremendous value and purpose.
This workshop experience will be about shifting our gaze away from the noun and the physicality of the permanent fired ceramic object. This workshop will be about the verb, the process, and meditative experiences that can help to ground and center us when we use our hands to make.
Instructor Bio: Ben Putnam has had his hands in malleable materials since he was a young child. He has been making art, pottery and hand-crafts since early adolescence. He has spent the past twenty five years excited to teach and share his ideas with students aging from 5 - 95.
He holds degrees in Fine Arts and Education and has been teaching in public & private high schools, art colleges and community art centers for 25 years. He believes the liveliest and most engaging classrooms have students with a range of ages abilities and experiences and he very much looks forward to meeting and working with you.