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Human Nature
Instructor: Patti Warashina
September 6–7, 2008

This demonstration-based workshop will center around handbuilding and other techniques used by Patti Warashina in her exploration of the figure. Traditional methods of clay fabrication, such a pinching, coiling, slab building, as well as some casting methods, will be demonstrated or discussed. A slide lecture of her work and videos will supplement this workshop.

All artists are welcome. No clay experience is necessary.



Patti WARASHINA earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Presently she is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington after 30 years of teaching.

Her awards include, "Fellow" in the American Craft Council; two NEA Grants; a "Lifetime Achievement Award/Women of the Year-2001" given by Artist Trust in Seattle; and a "Distinguished Alumnus Award-2003" from the University of Washington, Seattle. She was given travel grants and invitation by the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean governments to participate in their cultural exchange programs. She has commissioned awards both from King County and Seattle Arts Commission, and a commendation from the Governor of Washington State.

Her public collections include works in the Smithsonian, Washington, DC; the American Craft Museum in NYC; the Mint Museum; the LA County Art Museum; the Detroit, Seattle, and Tacoma Art Museums; as well as international museums such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Australia's Perth Cultural Center; and Korea's Inchon World Ceramic Center.