Advanced Sculpture

Advanced Sculpture - Debra Fritts - SOLD OUT - Waiting List Only

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5-day course - May 24th - May 28th

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    Mon, 24 May 2021

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Working from memory and the imagination, the head will be constructed using coils. Detailed information will be shared on facial features. The goal is to build several heads-life size and a few smaller ones.  The use of symbols and interesting surface decorations will allow a different visual depth in these heads.  Engobes, underglazes and mark marking will be used on the clay before bisque firing
  • Presenter Debra Fritts

Debra Fritts is a studio artist working in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree in art education from the University of Tennessee and continued graduate studies in ceramic sculpture, painting and printmaking. Debra currently conducts figurative sculpture workshops at her studio, and master classes nationally and internationally.

Debra has national recoginition for her ceramic sculpture through invitational exhibitions and awards, museum exhibitions and collections, gallery representation, private collections and publications. Her one-of-a-kind sculptures are hand-built and multiple-fired, with a painterly glazed surface. The work is a continous story of awareness and celebration of daily living.

"As a child I had dirt under my fingernails. I continue to allow the earth to feed me information for my art and daily living. Working intuitively from pounds of wet clay, forms appear and stories develop. I may be questioning an occurrence or celebrating a relationship or just being present in daily life. The search continues until I reach the core: the spiritual level of the sculpture. Then the work can speak. At the present, I am exploring new territory in the west while embracing my southern heritage. I am touching ground, getting to the basics, and listening.

"I hand build each sculpture, primarily using thick coils, and fire three to five times depending on the color and surface I am trying to achieve. I approach color on clay as a painter. My palette is a combination of oxides, slips, underglazes, and glazes. The form of the piece informs how I should approach the surface." 

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