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The Body as Landscape for Truth-telling: Narrative Human and Animal Imagery in Ceramic Sculpture
Instructor: Adrian Arleo
October 21–23, 2011

The body in art can be used as a vehicle for expressing experience and emotion, among other things.  Participants will explore both evocative and provocative images through discussion and presentations of ancient to contemporary art. Some will touch on archetypes, while others head into less familiar territory. These presentations will not be a lesson in art history, but rather, they will be used as a way to stimulate ideas.

In this three-day hands-on workshop, participants will get a chance to explore ideas and should come with several images that they might like to use as catalysts for creating a small piece. 

There will be presentations on the coil-building processes for human and animal imagery and surface treatments, as well as demonstrations for problem solving and technical issues that may arise.  Participants will look at how gesture, metaphor, distortion, and texture can be used to create evocative pieces.

This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels.

, 2010
clay, glaze, wax encaustic, gold leaf, mixed media
14" x 20.5" x 5.25"

Standing Lion with Internal Woman, 2010
clay, glaze, wax encaustic, gold leaf
23 x 32 x 12"

Adrian Arleo is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied art and anthropology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her sculpture is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea; the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA; Racine Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Microsoft, Seattle, WA; Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Gloria and Sonny Kamm, Los Angeles, CA; Ruth Kohler, Kohler, WI; and Candace Groot, Chicago, IL.

In 1991 and 1992, Arleo received second place and recognition awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship. Some recent publications she has been featured in include Ceramics Monthly magazine, January 2010; Working Sculptor Feature, Western Art and Architecture, Fall/Winter 2008–09; American Craft Magazine, Dec. ’06/Jan. ’07; 500 Animals in Clay, a book published by Lark Books, 2006; The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists, a book published by Lark Books, 2005; and Ceramics: Art and Perception, magazine issue #62, 2005.

Photos by of Chris Autio