South Pomfret, Vermont
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Sculpting Fantastic Heads (9-15)

Come design and construct two expressive clay heads that range from beautiful to beastly!

In this introductory ceramic sculpture class, students will explore the versatility of clay and exercise their creativity in order to design and construct expressive heads using reference material of their choice. Students will be encouraged to look at both realistic and fantastical creatures for inspiration and consider how to evoke a sense of personality with their creations. Jackie will give you sound technical instruction in the coiling method of construction, building “solid” onto a steel pipe armature, and hollowing. Come experience the full ceramic process from wet clay construction to glaze firing.

Jackie Padich received a B.F.A. in Ceramics and a B.S. in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz before moving to Vermont in 2018. Jackie’s undergraduate studies were heavily focused on coil-built ceramic sculpture, culminating in a body of work deeply inspired by flora and fauna imagery in connection with the human experience. Jackie was afforded the opportunity to intern with Beth Cavener in Helena, Montana for a month in 2018. There she learned methods of building solid on metal armatures and hollowing pieces to create increasingly complex and dynamic work. Jackie is also invested in a utilitarian pottery practice at Shackleton Thomas, where she apprentices with Miranda Thomas in Bridgewater, VT. In that practice she is cultivating her skills in wheel throwing, sgraffito decoration, and brushwork.