monday morning eye candy: Thaddeus Erdahl

When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is
difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine
human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge
from our society’s underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their
“legends”, I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in
life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own
personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of
interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections. 

Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are
forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for
documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and
obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to
encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and
conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.

Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes
narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my
buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic. – Thaddeus Erdahl

workshop: THE PRINTED FIGURE: Cristina Córdova and Jason Bige Burnett

OCTOBER 3-7, 2016
8 students per session
Location: Soto-Córdova Studios, Penland, NC
are joining forces for a third time to teach this unique combination of
figurative ceramic sculpture and surface development through the use of
underglaze transfers and monotypes.

Full info here:
The course will include:

  • The
    basics of anatomy and proportion, building a torso with slabs, and
    exploring different construction formats for pedestal or wall, finishing
    and detailing to optimize expression
  • An assortment of printing
    techniques for clay such as screen, monotype and plaster printing as
    well as tissue transfers and decals.
  • Lectures to show how artists utilize “printing” in clay and inspire conceptual investigation
  • Clay
    and all necessary materials for printing and developing surfaces
    including silkscreens, plaster, decals, transfers, slips, underglazes
    and glazes
  • Insider resources regarding clays, printing materials for clay, printing and anatomy books, models and specialty tools
  • 3 firings
  • A 4:1 teacher /student ratio (only 8 spaces available) to get deep into the techniques
  • A great lunch and afternoon coffee or tea
  • 8am-10pm access to the studio


2012 workshops at Touchstone Center for Crafts

April 26-30 Reinventing Kitsch: Creating Art with Molds Shoji Satake / All Levels / $375 / Extended Weekend Workshop /
May 11-13 Exploring Decal Usage in Sculptural and Functional Ceramics Dan Kuhn / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop / May 17–21 Thrown, Darted and Decorated Jennifer Allen / All Levels / $375 / Extended Weekend Workshop /
May 25-27 Primal Pottery in a Modern World Becky Keck / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop / June 4-6 Expand your Palette: Mid-range Glazes for the Electric Kiln Yoko Sekino-Bove’ / All Levels / $250 / Two Day Workshop /
June 11-15 Wheel-Thrown Pottery Intensive Joe Sendek / Beginner-Intermediate / $495 / Weeklong Workshop / June 18-22 Transitioning from Functional to Sculptural Ceramics Ian Thomas / Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /
July 9-13 Ceramic Decals in an Atmospheric Kiln Justin Rothshank /Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /
July 23- July 27 and/or July 30 – August 3 Clay Adornment: Object & Identity Sharif Bey /All Levels / $900 or $495 / Two-Week Workshop or One-Week Workshop /
June 25-29 Finding Creativity in Your Pottery Forms Jerry Wagner / Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /
August 6-10 Wheel-Thrown Pottery Valda Cox / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop /
August 13-17 Hand-Building and Surface Decoration Danna Rzecznik / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop / August 20-24 Tiles and Mosaics Karen Howell / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop /
August 27-31 Maximizing Naborigama: Creating Work that Gets the Most from Wood Firing Processes Dan Kuhn / Beginner – Intermediate / $495 / Weeklong Workshop / September 21-23 Gas Kiln Construction Dale Huffman /All Levels / $200 / Weekend Workshop / September 28-30 Exploring Raku Joe Sendek / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop /Find more info and register here.
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