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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo


Instructor: Adrian Arleo

September 19–20, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday, 10am–11:30am, 1pm–2:30pm, 4pm–5pm PDT)
Structure of Class: 4 1.5-hour and 2 1-hour Zoom sessions

All levels

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to be placed on the waiting list:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This two day, remote hands-on workshop will be chock-full of useful information on coil-building a 3/4 life-size ceramic bust. Adrian will demonstrate her building technique, covering simple anatomy, problem solving solutions and creative ways to make evocative sculpture. During the demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. This will be followed by work time in your own studios, then discussion and feedback. Adrian will also show a brief presentation on the bust from classical to contemporary.

The face can be a challenge for those who are new to working with the figure, so Adrian will go into detail about sculpting facial features and helping with simple adjustments to make things look “right.” We’ll also experiment with the gesture of the head and orientation of the eyes to note how small changes can add greatly to the overall feeling of the piece.

This course is designed for beginning to intermediate students.


ADRIAN ARLEO has spent the last 28 years living outside Missoula, Montana, with her family and a menagerie of animals. She works full time as a ceramic sculptor, and says this about her work:

“For 40 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 amid changing personal, environmental and political realities.”

She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Adrian was an Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1986-87, at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 1987-88, and in 2012 was an invited artist for the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, also at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Adrian’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections. She received awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 1991 and 1992, and in 1995 was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship. Her work has been widely published in books and magazines, and she is a frequent workshop instructor across the US and abroad.

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Current MAC Members: $225
Non-members: $250 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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