Wednesday, July 13, 2016

heads up

View the registration page for the Equine Clay Sculpting course, fall 2016, presented by the Town of Okotoks, Alberta. Instructor - yours truly! Registration opens August 11, 2016.


New horse head studies now on show at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, Alberta. Meet Battle - a pony with attitude.

Battle. Equine head study. Hand-built, stoneware, glazed. Christine Pedersen. 2016.


I have been invited to teach a clay horse-head sculpting class this fall at Okotoks Art Gallery, Alberta. Part of my journey is to design a format that will encourage students to get into creating assertively, successfully, within the time limits of the class. I want the students to enjoy the clay material, to really work it, to learn to build attitude. 

This invitation set me off sculpting horse-heads, looking for new ways, new styles—and a rogues gallery appeared over a month… It is incredibly inspiring and stimulating to mess with my own ways of making, to look for other and different.

Teaching truly does help you learn about yourself, as a maker. I hope I can help my students grab onto that Battle attitude, and build something that their heart understands, but their hands might not yet know how to make. It's going to be a lot of fun learning.

A note on my inspiration for Battle: Cycladic art. Strong, minimalist forms, "in the white".

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