Margaret Boozer


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Red Dirt/ JRA Workshsop

Chris Gustin
Workshop at Red Dirt Studio


Saturday, January 20th, 2007
10:00 am-3:00 pm

visiting ceramic sculptor Chris Gustin workshop sponsored by the Renwick Gallery, hosted by Red Dirt Studio

To register and for more information, contact the Renwick Gallery at (301) 907-3888 or

Chris Gustin is a studio artist and Emeritus Professor of Ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  Using the traditions of the vessel as a means of abstraction, Chris uses scale and gesture to explore the dynamic of the human form.  With thirty-five years of working in clay, he has exhibited, lectured and taught around the world.  Chris is co-founder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and is currently President of their Board of Trustees.

In this demonstration workshop, Chris will use both wheel and handbuilding methodologies, focusing on the altered pot, taken out of the symmetry imposed by the wheel, and abstracted through manipulation of the form.  Dealing with both functional and sculptural concerns, participants will explore how the use of geometry and the relationship between simple geometric shapes (i.e. the circle, square, rectangle and triangle) have been used by potters of all cultures to create structure in both the making of pottery and the decoration of the surface. Drawing will be emphasized as a means of visualizing an idea and merging the parts of the whole. The workshop will be held at Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studio.

Related Lecture:  Chris will present a Power Point history of his work, emphasizing his conceptual concerns, his use of drawing and the meaning of line, on Sunday, January 21st, at 3:00 pm in the Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery.