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Kirsten Stingle Workshop

Figuratively Speaking - August 22-24, 2014

Figuratively Speaking - with Kirsten Stingle

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 16. Particpants will be hand-building in this workshop.

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Three day Workshop
August 22-24, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.

Kirsten Stingle Artist Resume

Columbia University, New York, NY
School of International and Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration, May 2000.
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Honors Tutorial College, Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 1993
Projects and Installations:
Cafesjian Foundation. Permanent Collection of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, 2012
Kapp Foundation. Permanent Collection, 2011
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Dual exhibition. Shadow Circus. Marietta, GA.
Museum of Arts and Sciences. Emerging Artist Exhibit. Macon, GA.
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Alchemy, from Dust to Form. Contemporary Figurative Ceramics Exhibition. Gainesville, FL
Teaching Experience:
Instructor, Shadow Circus Workshop on the Torso; Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.
Instructor, Narrative Potential of the Torso; Townsend Atelier. Chattanooga, TN
Instructor, Articulating the Figure; Mossrock Gallery. Houson, TX
Instructor, Storytelling through the Torso; The Craft Gallery. West Palm Beach, FL
Instructor, Head and Hands; Atlanta Clay. Atlanta, GA
Instructor, Size Matters; Pocosin Arts Folk School and Gallery. Columbia, NC
Symposium Speaker, Re-envisioning the Art Business: Trends in a Parallel Universe, Third Annual Zapplication Conference; Atlanta, GA
Emerging Artists Exhibition. Museum of Arts and Sciences. Macon, GA
Solo exhibit, work on the wall. Signature Contemporary Craft. Atlanta, GA
Beautiful Bondage. Solo Figurative Ceramic Exhibition. Mossrock Gallery. Houston, TX
Seventh Teapots! Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
Shadow Circus, Museum Dual Exhibition. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Marietta, GA Narrative Gestures, Dual Exhibition. River Gallery. Chattanooga, TN
Body & Soul Exhibition. FRANK Gallery. Chapel Hill, NC
Pocosin Arts Cabin Fever Reliever Exhibition. Maria V. Howard Arts Center. Rocky Mount, NC
Sixth Teapots! Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
Don’t Box Me In, Invitational Exhibition. Signature Contemporary Craft. Atlanta, GA
Alchemy, from Dust to Form. Contemporary Figurative Ceramics Exhibition. Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Gainesville, FL The Contemporary Figure: New Trends in Narrative Painting and Sculpture. The Swan Coach House. Atlanta, GA
StoryMakers. North Carolina Clay Invitational. FRANK Gallery. Chapel Hill, NC
Fifth Teapots! Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
The Southern Swan Invitational: Contemporary Southern Pottery and Handmade Objects. The Swan Coach House. Atlanta, GA
Hot Tea 2. del Mano Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
Solo Exhibition. MossRock Studio and Gallery. The Woodlands, TX
Little Girl Lost. Solo Exhibition. Signature Contemporary Craft. Atlanta, GA Dual Exhibition. Clay Scot Artworks. Birmingham, AL
Contemporary Figurative Ceramics. Figurative Invitational. Barton College Art Galleries. Wilson, NC
Positioning the Figure. Figurative Invitational. Signature Shop and Gallery. Atlanta, GA
Awards and Publications:
Best In Sculpture, Four Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga, TN
Third Place, National Juried Show, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA
Best in Clay, Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
Award of Merit, National Juried Art Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Emerging Artist Scholarship, Association for Visual Arts, Four Bridges Arts Festival, Chattanooga, TN
Honorable Mention, Works in Clay, Roswell Visual Arts Center Clay West, Roswell, GA
Second Place, Juried Show, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA