This intensive, fast paced one-day workshop will focus on Notkin’s myriad of techniques used to create sculptural forms, narrative vessels and teapots, and large scale tile murals. Notkin is recognized as a master of sculpture, mold-making and casting techniques in clay. Various modeling, small-scale carving and surface texturing techniques will be demonstrated by Notkin, and there will be illustrated lectures, including Richard’s development of a teapot series, from the planning/drawing stages, through prototype model fabrication, mold-making, casting/assembling/altering a finished teapot, and firing techniques. Also illustrated will be mural design and fabrication, from relief tiles to final installation. Lunch will provide a time for informal discussion and questions from participants on all matters of ceramic art and survival as an artist. The workshop will end with a slide lecture chronicling Notkin’s work in ceramic art over the past four-plus decades.
Students are also requested to bring small scale tools for a hands-on exercise in the morning: an Exacto knife, small watercolor-type brushes (suggested: #2 and #4 round, 1/4” flat, etc.), small loop tools, etc.