25athreadJudith Motzkin / Clay: Creation and Installation
August 1 – August 4 2011
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
In this 4-day workshop we will use objects of the beach to inspire our work in clay. Days one and two will include a beach visit to gather inspiration, interspersed clay demonstrations and plenty of studio time to create small hand-built sculptures. During the morning of day three, while the clay is being fired in the kiln, students will participate in the creation of Judy’s multi-faceted clay stone installation for the About the Sea exhibit.

In the afternoon we will visit the studio of ceramic artist Lidya Buzio. Buzio’s work has been coveted and acquired for nearly 40 years by discerning collectors, curators, and people appreciative of her unique realizations in clay, wood and on canvas and paper.

On day four, pit fire on the beach to impart smoky variations and subtle color and assembly of a group installation at The South Street Gallery.

Fee – $435 (includes $35 materials fee)

Judith Motzkin Bio:

Judith Motzkin’s unique “flame-painted” clay vessels are represented in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Danforth Museum of Art. Her vessels were chosen for the covers of books—Lark Book’s 500 Bowls, and Rockport Publisher’s Best of Pottery—and the cover article in Ceramics Monthly (11/01). Her work was selected as a Mayoral gift to Cambridge Sister City, Tsukuba, in Japan and as the Commonwealth Award 2007 Art Object.

Motzkin has taught as visiting artist and workshop presenter at Harvard Office for the Arts, MIT, Massachusetts College of Art, and LBI Foundation for the Arts. She has lived and worked in Cambridge Massachusetts since 1977. Her academic background is in Asian Studies and Chinese from Cornell University, where she began her work in ceramics as well. Her travels to the American Southwest, Mexico, and China are a great influence on the development of her ceramic work melding her own sensibility with Native American and Asian traditions.

Motzkin’s recent work uses clay in installation and with digital and mixed media.