Friday, January 20, 2017

upcoming workshop in Berkely California

A Jenny Mendes Workshop:
Painting on Clay with Terra Sigillata
~In Conjunction with Trax Gallery~
March 18, 19, 10am-4pm each day
Opening of Jenny’s work at Trax Gallery on Sat., 3/18, 5pm-7pm
This hands-on, two-day workshop is for anyone who wants to awaken possibilities in their work through the imaginative use of color in ceramic surface decoration. Jenny will demonstrate various colorful ways to approach the surface as a painter by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides. She will present her "low-tech method" of making terra sigillata with emphasis on helping participants relax and play with color, texture and imagery on the surface of their work. We will spend the first morning making small works to decorate. Bring visual inspiration, brushes, bisque-ware or green-ware to work on as well if you have it. A willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory is the only prerequisite! All levels welcome.
Jenny Mendes was born in Cleveland, OH. She has a BFA in ceramics from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited her ceramic artwork nationally at galleries and juried shows. A full-time studio artist since the mid-1990’s, Jenny’s work is influenced by mythology and folk art. Figurative imagery, both human and animal, is used extensively in her body of work that includes tiles, prints, sculpture, pots and jewelry. Working within a human/animal narrative, she engages in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into her world.

Email, call (510-528-3286), or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

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