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Louise Radochonski Workshop

Expressing Your Figure - 2007

Louise Radochonski will help participants master the technical and creative challenges of rendering the figure in clay while expressing their personal vision. A broad range of sculptural techniques will be covered, including coiling, pinching, slab and solid construction. The session will address basics in anatomy by referring to our bodies, as well as simple diagrams that discuss proportion and scale. Louise will work with participants on a variety of scales using appropriate techniques.

The workshop will focus on the difficulty of modeling hands and feet, and the incorporation of gesture and movement to create a more dynamic figure. Participants will be led through improvisational exercises generating "clay sketches" to inspire personal content and narrative. Louise will also present numerous images of historical and contemporary figure sculpture to further assist participants in developing their own unique voice.

Class size 16.

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Artist talk w/slides
July 5, 2007, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Three day Workshop
Hands On July 6-8, 2007
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Louise Radochonski Bio

Louise Radochonski teaches and exhibits nationally. Radochonski has held workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tyler School of Art, Roswell Art Center, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts and Savannah College of Art and Design. Her most recent exhibitions include shows at the Hodges Taylor Gallery (NC), Garth Clark Gallery (NY), Lucy Lacoste Gallery (MA), Santa Fe Clay Gallery (NM) and Baltimore Clayworks (MD). In addition, Radochonski has participated in residencies at the Penland School of Crafts and The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Louise Radochonski Artist Statement

My work responds to current political events and uses psychological expression to shape the human figure. Using a social context, my sculpted ceramic figures become a vehicle for profound subjective epiphanies. I take objective realities to evoke a range of feelings and illuminate what lies buried in the subconscious. I combine naturalism with expressiveness to probe the very nature of what is "real."

My ceramic heads evoke a multitude of portraits. By isolating the head, I explore how the face conveys inner life. I seek to marry content to technique by using the pinched pot technique where I form facial features from inside the head, just as the soul etches it character on the face.

I work with the nude to reveal the body as primary evidence of who we are. The nudity of my figures reveals intimacy and strips them of fashionable signs of economic and regional status. They are self-reflective and vulnerable, rather than heroic or erotic. They embody states of rapture and seem lost in thought. Their gestures capture an intimate moment as they look into themselves, and consequently give the viewer a window into their souls.

My recent figures respond to our current war in Iraq. They draw upon the tradition of heroic statuary to contextualize contemporary life and warfare. I am responding to the censorship of our press to film dead soldiers. My figures present a somber commemorative to those who have died in the war. Classically rendered and glazed, they present an idealized, yet vulnerable depiction of veterans.

Louise Radochonski Resume

Education and Professional Experience:
2005, Visiting Artist, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
2001, Artist in Residence and Howard Kottler Grant recipient, Watershed Center for the Ceramic , Arts, Newcastle, ME.
1998-2001, Artist in Residence, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
1993-1998, Ceramics Studio Coordinator, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
1993, B.F.A., Deans List and recipient of two merit-based scholarships, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
1986, B.A., Deans List, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. Two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Creative Writing and French Literature.
Teaching Experience:
2005, Expressing the Figure in Clay, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
2005, Drawing For Teens, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
2004, Drawing From Both Sides of the Brain, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
2004, Heads Up: Sculpting the Human Head, Roswell Art Center, Roswell, GA.
2004, Cultivating the Creative Habit, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.
2003, Figure Drawing, American Craft Council Southeast Regional Conference, Penland, NC.
2003, Drawing and Sculpting the Figure, Savannah Cultural Affairs, Savannah, GA.
2001-present, Ceramics Instructor for Local Outreach programs in Mitchell, Yancey Counties, NC.
1999-2002, Figurative Ceramics Instructor, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC.

Two-person and Solo Exhibitions

2004, Passages: Ceramic Heads and Figures, solo exhibit, City of Savannah S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Savannah, GA.
2001, An Unfolding Drama, solo exhibit, Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC.
1999, Stories in Clay and Books: Louise Radochonski and Daniel Essig, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
2005, Vanitas, Lucy LaCoste Gallery, Concord, MA.
2005, Perchance To Dream, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH.
2005, Day of the Dead, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
2005, Looking Back:Watershed Residents, Gallery 1448, Baltimore, MD.
2004, Night of 101 Cups, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY.
2004, Raw, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
2004, The Figure From The Inside Out, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC.
2004, Perchance To Dream, Society For Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA.
2003, From the Neck Up, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY.
2003, Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2003, After Palissy, Lucy LaCoste Gallery, North Hampton, MA.
2002, Wall Works, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
2002, , Figured Ceramics, UNI Gallery at the University of Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.
2002, Being Human: The Figure Expressed, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2002, Red Heat: Contemporary Trends in Ceramics, The Alexandre Hoague Gallery at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.
2001, Sculpture Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
2000, Figures In Clay, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.
1999, New Artists, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
1999s, Made In Penland, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.
1999, Southeastern Clay Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
1999, From These Hills, William King Regional Arts Center, Abington, VA.
1999, Hand-to-Hand, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC; Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
1998, Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA.
1998, Orton Cone Box Show, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS.
1997, Generations, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.
The Figure in Clay, by Suzanne Tourtillott, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 2005.
500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate The Human Form, by Leslie Ferrin, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 2004.
Ceramica Revista Internacional, Issue 88, 2003.
New York Times: Art in Review, Friday, August 8, 2003.
Figured Ceramics, University of Northern Iowa, p. 12-13, 2002.
Making Ceramic Sculpture, by Raoul Acero, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 2000.