Art + Design to Offer Clay Workshop with Artist Tom Laudenslager

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on September 25, 2018, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University’s art+design department will host a workshop with clay artist Tom Laudenslager on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg.

Laudenslager has been an artist for over 40 years, focusing primarily on clay for the last 25 years. His approach to material and process respects tradition – but borrows freely from his artistic past, spanning drawing, painting, photography and various sculptural media.

In the workshop, Laudenslager will demonstrate the hand building techniques he uses to create functional and sculptural pieces in clay, which can be manipulated within an hour of construction. This building technique can be used to create work that is either spontaneous in approach, or precise and contemplative. Techniques will include the use of drape molds for forming, followed by altering, manipulation and texturizing of the clay.

Laudenslager also will discuss and demonstrate the making and application of engobes/ colored slips (the palette will have a surprisingly vivid color range) and slip painting techniques; including wet-in-wet, dry brush, burnish/blending, and scraffito.

In last segment of the workshop Laudenslager will focus on a different body of his work that involves delicate piercing and rendering of hollowed, bonsai-inspired forms. He will show a number of the challenging phases of this process which he has evolved over 15 years and discuss his use of non-traditional, post-firing application of stains, paint, patinas and abrasives to achieve the final result.

The workshop is open to the community, but space is limited and reservations are required. There is a fee of $15 for non-ESU students. To make a reservation or for more information, email esuarts@esu.edu.