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Workshop with Adrian Arleo


Join Karen for "Images Upon Form", a five-day, figurative ceramic sculpture workshop with Adrian Arleo. It will be held from Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019 at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR.

During this fast-paced, intensive workshop, we will focus on coil-building the human form and developing surface imagery through drawing, carving, texturing, and the addition of simple sprig-molded forms.

Adrian will give demonstrations and slide presentations on her sculpting and coil-building process to guide students in making medium scale sculptures (approx. 15 – 25” in height). The techniques covered will be useful for large-scale work that could be explored in the future. This will include the use of a base and rod for tall narrow pieces, sectioning and reattaching techniques, internal supports and buttresses, and other sculpting techniques from over 30 years of experience in working with clay.

In addition to coil-building the figure, we’ll enliven the forms with narrative and textural surface imagery. Adrian will demonstrate her texture, carving and relief techniques, as well as how to make simple small sprig molds and ways to alter and apply the press-molded forms to larger pieces. These sprig molds can be made from forms you create out of clay or any assortment of found objects, or natural textures.

The final component to developing a strong, convincing form and surface relationship is an understanding of different types of finishes. Towards the end of the workshop, Adrian will discuss and show examples of low-fire glazes, Terra Sigillata, and non-fired surface finishes such as wax encaustic, and casein paint.

Artist Biography
Adrian is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. in 1983) and received an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her work is exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including The World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea, Racine Art Museum, Racine WI, The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, and The Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT. Adrian received awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 1991 and '92, and a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship in 1995. Along with making her own work, Adrian is a frequent workshop leader and has been a guest juror for numerous national exhibitions. Abmeyer and Wood Fine Art in Seattle, WA currently represents Adrian Arleo’s work.

Artist Statement

"For thirty years, my sculpture has combined human, animal and natural imagery to create a kind of emotional and poetic power. Often there's a suggestion of a vital interconnection between the human and non­-human realms; the imagery arises from associations, concerns and obsessions that are at once intimate and universal. The work frequently references mythology and archetypes in addressing our vulnerability in a changing personal, environmental and political world."

Work featured ("Kuan Yin, Restless Sleep”, “Heard III", "Artemis/Diana II") and photos provided by Adrian Arleo.

Workshop Information
• $675 fee includes instruction, demonstrations, 50 lbs. of clay

• 12-student enrollment will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis

• Experience in figure sculpting and hand-building is essential

• No bisque firing will be provided for this workshop

Registration Information
• Contact Karen Russo at

• Workshop will be held at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR

• Link to Adrian Arleo's website

Earlier Event: May 13
Workshop with Alessandro Gallo