Sgraffito on Porcelain Bird Sculptures

Instructor: Tim Christensen

Supplies/Materials Fee: $25

Enrollment limit: 15 (Full, waiting list only)

Level: All levels

Participants will learn to create a porcelain bird sculpture, and then learn to etch designs into it using the sgraffito method. All aspects of clay construction will be covered (wheel, slab, pinchpot, and coil), and the opportunities and challenges of etching a design onto a 3d object will be explored at length. Participants will not leave with a fired sculpture, and may arrange to fire it themselves, or Tim will fire and ship.

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Merganser | Porcelain sculpture by Tim Christensen, 15″ long, 2015

Tim Christensen has been working in clay since 1999, and teaching the medium since 2002. His iconic etchings, on porcelain sculptures and vessels, of the plants and animals inhabiting the woods and waters of Maine, are collected world-wide, and seek to record the rapidly changing natural systems upon which we all rely. He sees himself as a participant in a 30,000 year tradition of potters recording human history, and our relationship to the natural world. His work has appeared in such publications as Ceramics Monthly, Art New England, The New York Times, and Downeast.