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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott

Coreen Abbott


Instructor: Coreen Abbott
October 3–6, 2019 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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There are many dimensions to this workshop including and beyond handling clay. Specifically, we will make containers for human or animal ashes. Any closed vessel or sculpture can serve as a cremation urn, however, it’s truly the ULTIMATE expression of a person or pet. Consequently, beyond our immediate task, the urn provides opportunities to examine how we approach subject matter, content and consequence.

Included in this workshop will be:

1) Discussion of historical and contemporary funerary works and options through an image presentation. This will begin to guide us to the clarity and depth necessary.

2) Examination of the fundamentals necessary for engineering an urn guided by details of the intended recipient, such as volume and aesthetics. This will include a worksheet.

3) Technically, we’ll cover two part mold making, throwing closed forms and lids, various armature options, review the extruder and some consideration of surface treatments.

In a broader context we will examine the facets of visual communication and the task of clarifying visual content, intention and editing. We will conclude by appraising the effectiveness of our objective. This workshop will be intense but I promise it will also be a lot of fun!


COREEN ABBOTT has her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She began working with clay in her native Ohio in 1969. After moving to Colorado in 1976 she began working with clay professionally. She has taught, lectured and given workshops at UC Berkeley, SF City College, Nanjing University of the Arts, Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute as well as other locations in the United States, Italy, Malta, India and China.

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TUITION & FEES (includes a $20 clay fee)
Current MAC Members: $378
Non-members: $420 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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