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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Karina Mago

Karina Mago

Karina Mago


Instructor: Karina Mago
March 13–17, 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Creating an immersive environment is a very effective way to physically remove a viewer from their reality and grant them a different perspective. Through experimentation, students will learn how to combine found materials with ceramic objects to create pieces that engage viewers and take over the space surrounding them. We will begin by discussing what it means to create an installation and through historical and contemporary examples students will be able to see how different artists have tackled this medium throughout time. Afterwards, we will narrow down our focus, select a theme or place that we want to recreate, and begin to make ceramic objects that will serve as the backbone of our installations.

Students will learn how to utilize different hand-building techniques such as slabs, pinching, and coils to create forms that will engage the space, and how to plan their forms so that they will interact purposefully with other materials post-firing. By the end of the course, students should have a menagerie of objects and connective materials to play and experiment with and will have a chance to throw some selective lighting onto their pieces, which will grant life and shadows to their new installations.

Day 1: Discuss class schedule (Single fire? Bisque work? Glaze), presentation on historical/contemporary examples, demo on making interlocking clay pieces, begin making clay objects that will get glazed.

Day 2: Show and tell found objects, discuss meaning of materials, how to alter them, and how to combine them with the ceramic pieces. Get objects into kiln for bisque. Make more clay objects to be single fired. Discuss the importance of having a variety of finishes and textures.

Day 3: Discussion on connecting materials, suspension, and different exhibiting spaces. Begin to discuss lighting and how to create an atmosphere. Slip objects that will be single fired.

Day 4: Glaze bisque fired objects. By the end of class objects must be drying/ready to be loaded onto the kiln. Continue to work found/altered materials.

Day 5: Assemble mini installations, light them and give them life! Discuss the importance of documenting “moments” within the pieces. Take installations apart and re-install them, purposefully trying to obtain different outcomes utilizing same pieces.


KARINA MAGO is a Venezuelan artist currently interested in making ceramic and paper installations that activate spaces through their shadows. Raised in Caracas, then promptly transplanted to South Florida, she was forced to trade rolling mountain ranges and towering steel for sandy beaches and pastel shopping plazas. This shift in surroundings inspired an ongoing fascination with place and memory, the makings of identity. She received her BFA from Florida State University in spring 2017 with concentrations in ceramics, printmaking, and painting and since has completed an Artist Residency for Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Currently, Mago is a fine art Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

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TUITION & FEES (includes a $25 materials fee)
Current MAC Members: $472
Non-members: $525 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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