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Diver with Migratory Birds, 2017



Summer Intensive Workshops: Monday, May 21 - Friday, 25

Registration will open soon for our summer workshops!

$650, includes all instructional supplies and use of studio space and facilities. Limited housing in our residence hall available on a first come, first serve basis. Housing fee is $130, due at the time of registration.

Monday, May 21 - Friday, May 25

9am - 5pm

Head in Hand: Ceramics Intensive Workshop with Kensuke Yamada

Facial expressions may be the most immediate form of communication, and when expressed in clay, can have limitless layers of meaning: literal, symbolic, narrative, gestural. Participants in this hands-on workshop will create a head using basic hand building methods such as coil building and pinching. Various hand-building techniques used in making figurative forms will be demonstrated. Individual instruction will help each student to make their own, unique ceramic head. Glazing techniques and how to personalize your piece will be discussed.

Kensuke Yamada was born in Japan and came to the US to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, MT, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, and a Guest Artist/Adjunct Instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, A Visiting Artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/Adjunct Faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works. You can view more of his work on his website: