2015 Kirsten Stingle Workshop
Hands On, Three Day Exploration of the Figure
Figure Work with Kirsten Stingle
Back again after a wonderful workshop in 2014 - we welcome Kirsten again for 2015. Workshop will be 10am - 5pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a lunch break each day. Prior handbuilding experience is a plus but is not required. As a vehicle for story telling there are an infinite number of ways to express and interpret the human figure. In this intensive three-day workshop, we will explore the powerful narrative potential of the figure through the construction of a small-scale full figure. Various hand-building techniques will be covered; including pinch and slab method, and special attention will be paid to human anatomy and proportions. Expression and gesture will be discussed in terms of narrative intent.
Class size 12. Particpants will be hand-building in this workshop.
September 11-13, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kirsten Stingle Artist Bio and Statement
Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age in which the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. Early in my career, a fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gestures as powerful expressive tools. However, it is through figurative ceramics that I am able to fully realize my narrative impulse.
While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly emerges. The ultimate goal of my work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity. Just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, I combine found objects and discarded elements from the past with my ceramic work. The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure’s journey within each narrative.
All figures are hand-built porcelain stoneware without the use of molds. A straight pin is the primary tool I use to work on the detail in the face, hands and feet. Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, and slips to achieve a depth of color. After it is fired, I construct and assemble the mixed media elements, which include hand welding, carpentry, sewing and fabric staining.