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El Paso Museum of Art announces an Intensive Ceramics Workshop with Artist George Alexander

George Alexander in his studio

George Alexander in his studio

Tuesday through Saturday, October 26-30, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$600 per student for El Paso Museum of Art Members at the Family level or above
$675 per student for non-members

Join the El Paso Museum of Art and visiting artist, George Alexander, in a five day clay workshop especially designed for beginners and intermediate students. After an introduction to ceramics terminology, characteristics of the medium and process, students will decorate pre-pressed tiles for firing. Other lessons covered are how to use a slab roller, making and using a cutting board, applying glazes and underglazes, embossing, and sculpting decorations. Demonstrations will include 3-D mold making and techniques to give clay texture using found objects and kitchen tools. Enrollment for the workshop is limited, and students can expect to conclude the class with at least one finished piece.

Register on-line at www.elpasoartmuseum.org or call (915)532-1707 extension 16.

Each registered student will be allotted 25 pounds of clay. Additional purchase of glazes and underglazes required. Students should plan to bring patterns for stamping or embossing, as well as a brown bag lunch, or make plans to eat off-site.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All dates, times, and events are subject to change. The El Paso Museum of Art reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Refunds are given only if the class is cancelled or enrollment is denied due to class size limitation. Please register by October 18, 5 p.m.

George Alexander was born in Picayune, Mississippi, a rural town northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. He pursued his desire to become an artist in college, receiving an MFA from the University of Mississippi in 1969 and continued study at the Estudio General Luliana in Mallorca, Spain and the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain. In 1987 George left teaching to concentrate on his art and now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is highly prized by a continually growing body of collectors in the United States and Europe. George Alexander’s ceramics are crafted in a stoneware sculpture body that he developed after years of experimentation.

George Alexander’s ceramics are unique artistic expressions rooted in the tradition of Italian Majolica. Richly glazed in a myriad of gloss and matte finishes, his unique interpretations are kindled by artistic influences as diverse as Japanese and Persian textiles, impressionist painting and primitive and tribal pottery. Working with these contrasts and balances, George’s work is fused with the glossy sophistication of European traditions yet still contains the raw and essential elements of his medium. The ceramic art of George Alexander is a narration celebrating life’s vitality; imbued with a sophisticated wit and humor it reflects both the beauty and integrity of it’s subject and the clay.

George Alexander in his studio

George Alexander in his studio

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