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Ryan McKerley Workshop

Water Carving in Clay - 2010

Ryan McKerley will teach this three day, hands-on workshop exploring water carving, mold making, and building techniques. Ryan's water carving method can add depth to the surface of your sculptural, handbuilt, and wheel-thrown clay work. Participants will learn this fascinating subtractive method for realizing easily-etched surfaces that are rich with visual information.

Ryan will teach participants to take straightforward objects and treat them as canvasses, painting with wax as a point of departure into new decorative territory. While his designs are bold, abstract, and contemporary . . . the wax with water carving technique is suitable for achieving other aesthetic intents as well. Ryan will also discuss how he uses glaze and atmosphere to grace the textured surface with an additional layer of mystery and delight. He will also address the challenges and joys of the potter's life.

Participants will work with their bone-dry greenware and supplied tiles to subtly alter form while composing designs. The workshop will also touch on creating hand-built forms starting with bisque molds, and the making of the molds. MudFire will have simple greenware forms available for pre-purchase for participants travelling from afar.

Class size 18.

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Artist talk w/slides
February 18, 2010, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Three day Workshop
Hands On February 19-21, 2010
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Ryan McKerley Bio

Ryan McKerley has been a full-time studio potter since 1995. He makes contemporary functional stoneware and porcelain vessels, which are fired in a wood or soda kiln. Ryan has taught at the Laguna Gloria Art School in Austin and the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio. He continues to give workshops in schools across Texas and in his studio.

Ryan McKerley Artist Statement

Almost everything about the studio potter lifestyle appeals to me. The self-sufficiency, the accessibility and usefulness of the work, and the comradeship of my peers all drew me to this way of life. The challenges of making, improving and surviving combine to make my world very interesting. I have focused on producing functional vapor-glazed vessels for the past ten years. My forms consist of cups, bowls, plates, vases, jars and teapots. I see these straightforward objects as blank canvasses. Most of my time in the studio is now spent decorating the surface of these forms.

Ryan McKerley Resume

1991-1995 Abilene Christian University, B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, Abilene, TX
1995-2003 Apprentice: Billy Ray Manghan, Sleeping Dog Studio, San Marcos, TX
"Working for Others or Yourself: It's a Choice", Ceramics Monthly (cover image), March 2006
"Art of the Pot Studio Tour", Ceramics Monthly, May 2005
"Ryan McKerley: Potter", Austin American-Statesman, May 5 2005
"East Austin Craft", Tribeza Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, Apr 2003
Group Exhibitions:
2009 "Yunomi Invitational" AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2008 "Utilitarian Clay V: Invited Artists Exhibition" Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
2008 "From Texas: In One Form or Another" Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX
2008-2004 "La Mesa" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2008-2000 "Just Been Fired" Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX
2007 "Plates and Platters: Salon Style" The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2007 "Functional Ceramics" Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
2007 "Salt and Pepper" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2007 "In My Own Words" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2006 "Tea" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2006 "At Your Service" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2006 "Earthy Treasures" Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2006 "Contemporary Teapot" Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2005 "Winterfest" Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2005 "The Contemporary Cup" Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
2005-03 "Hundreds of Cups" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2004 "Three by Three" Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2002 "All-Temperature Ceramics" Artfarm Gallery, Austin, TX
2001 "Faculty Exhibition" Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
Solo Exhibitions:
2003 "New Ceramics" Artfarm Gallery, Austin, TX
Art of the Pot Studio Tour - Founding member
East Austin Studio Tour
Texas Clay Arts Association
Greater Austin Clay Artists
Teaching Experience:
2008-05 Instructor, Allan Elementary, Austin, TX
2008-06 Instructor, Blackshear Elementary, Austin, TX
2005 Instructor, St. Elmo Elementary, Austin, TX
2003-2005 Instructor, Learning Community School, Austin, TX
2000-2005 Instructor, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
1999-2003 Instructor, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX
2009, Lone Star Community College, Houston, TX
2008, Dallas Craft Guild, Dallas, TX
2008, Fredericksburg Art School, Fredericksburg, TX
2008, Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, TX
2007, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2007, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
2007, Fredericksburg Art School, Fredericksburg, TX
2006, Pottery West, Las Vegas, NV