This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels and sculpture – and whatever point of view may come with that distinction. We emphasize the creative process from every level – from inspiration and ideas to the actual making and finishing – while at the same time examining the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay. We explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world and examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
The symposium includes small-group discussions on various topics, as well as demonstrations by a group of diverse and accomplished women artists that include making figurative sculpture and pottery on the wheel, altering thrown pots, hand-building sculptural vessels, and showing decorative, glaze, and finishing techniques. Attendees can interact closely with the presenters and lecturers during the demonstrations, discussions, and social events. At the start of the event, participants have the opportunity to share images of their own work.