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Porcelain, Myth and the Figurine
Instructors: Chris Antemann and Gerit Grimm
September 23–26, 2010

Discover the wonderful story of the figurine in this intensive four-day workshop. Antemann and Grimm will lead you through the processes and techniques involved in creating their mythological narratives in porcelain. Each participant will assemble their own porcelain creation from parts made by various sculpting methods including extrusions, press-molds, slabs and hand-thrown elements. These pieces will be glazed and fired, to prepare a canvas for surface treatments such as ceramic decals, china painting and luster, and then fired again.

Antemann and Grimm will demonstrate and lecture on a variety of topics, ranging from Meissen and Staffordshire figurines, their sources of inspiration, and experiences about the marketing side of the art process.


Gerit Grimm, Amphitrite

Gerit Grimm, Frog Princess

Chris Antemann, Vignette
Photo by Kendrick Moholt, courtesy of Ferrin Gallery

Chris Antemann, Vignette (detail)
Photo by Kendrick Moholt,
courtesy of Ferrin Gallery

Chris Antemann received her BFA in painting and ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation; the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, sponsored by the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Grant; the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and the Art/Industry Program at the John Michael Kohler Factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Antemann is currently the Artist Coordinator for the LH Project, a new residency program for the ceramic arts in Joseph, Oregon.


Gerit Grimm grew up in Germany, where she trained and worked as a production potter. She holds an Art and Design Diploma from Burg Giebichenstein in Germany, an MA from University of Michigan and an MFA from the Alfred University in New York. She has taught at Montana State University in Bozeman and has been an artist in residence at McColl Center for Visual Art, North Carolina; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; John Michael Kohler Factory in Wisconsin, and Archie Bray Foundation. Most recently NET Television created “Fantasia in Clay,” a Nebraska Story about artist Grimm.