Everything we do and everything we make is done through incremental steps. A water jug fills drop by drop. A 10-mile walk is completed by repeating a single step. Designed for all skills levels, this class will explore methods of building complex objects with incremental multiple forms. Techniques covered will be individualized and include a range of studio tools to create components for building modular clay sculptures, including post-firing assembly. Individual and group discussions, and additional course material, including Skype-based artist studio visits, will enhance the learning environment.
We will be using the extruder, the slab roller, and if any participants would like to, the potters wheel to create multiple forms that we will use to build complex forms. I am planning on bringing in additional artists who work with multiples for Skype conversations with the participants. Additionally, we will discuss the way of thinking required to build with modular forms and how this way of thinking can extend to other parts of daily life and creative activity.
In part, the idea for this course came from an episode of the Freakonomics podcast – “the podcast that explores the hidden side of everything”.
“What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn’t ignore the power of incrementalism.”
Please feel free to listen to the podcast here: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/in-praise-of-incrementalism/
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