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October 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm$60.00
Join artist Katie Croft for this journey into the mysteries of the feminine figure as represented through our hands and clay.
In this class we will use experimental archeology and clay to explore the meaning and use behind the historical “Venus Figurines.” The “Venus” figurines are found throughout many ancient cultures. The image of the voluptuous female body without identifying facial features appears over and over in antiquity, but there are only theories behind how these objects were used or why they were made.
We’ll explore the how and why employing the use of experimental archeology. We will build our own female figurines with our own intentions informed by our culture of origin, our family culture, and our personal needs, wants, hopes, and desires. During these experiments we will discuss why we made these objects, what we might do with them, how we might use them, and how they may impact our lives after they are made.
We will utilize the materials of the ancient makers, meaning we will be making our figures from clay. There is no experience with clay necessary as within each of you the knowledge already exists to create these figures as your ancestors did.
Materials are included. You may bring your clay figure home or leave in the studio to dry, with the option to have it kiln-fired down the street at Odyssey for a minimal additional fee.
Join us for this evening of exploring and creating together in community!
Katie Croft is a multi-media artist, art educator, and a candidate for her MPS in Creative Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2022. Her current research is focused on clay and its ability to respond to the maker, offering bio feedback and acting as a stand in for the body. Her current work explores this idea with intuitive ceramic sculpture and offers a nod of respect to the first female abstract painters who practiced as spiritualists and mystics. Katie has had her work exhibited at Super Dutchess Gallery, NY; New York Academy of Art, NY; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL as an AXA Art Prize Finalist. Her work was included in the 2020 New American Paintings, No. 147, and the inaugural issue of AllSheMakes contemporary art and culture magazine curated by ArtGirlRising. Her work is currently being exhibited at Winston Wachter Fine Art Gallery in New York; Odyssey Gallery in Asheville, NC; and at RiseArt, London.