Richard Notkin: A Plethora of Techniques in Service of Concept

Instructor:  Richard Notkin
Date:  March 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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.

The workshop will be held in the ceramics studio at:
College for Creative Studies
Kresge-Ford building
201 East Kirby, Detroit

Prices for the workshop:
Individual non MCAA member – $75

Individual MCAA member – $60

Student – $30

Students of Institutional Member schools – $15

Coffee and rolls at 8:00 am

Lunch – pizza and salad – included in ticket price.



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Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who has worked in clay for over 48 years, currently living in Vaughn, WA, on the southern Puget Sound.  His art works are in over 65 museums internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three fellowships in sculpture from the NEA, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, United States Arts Foundation and others.  He has conducted over 300 workshops worldwide.