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Figurative Sculpture Workshop in San Miguel de Allende

Figurative Sculpture Workshop in San Miguel de Allende

When I signed up for the Figurative Sculpture Workshop in San Miguel de Allende, I really didn’t know what I was getting into! See previous blog post here.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

My attempt at sculpting.

As I write this, I’m still a little shell-shocked – can’t believe I got to go;

I can’t believe the town of San Miguel de Allende and the Easter celebration;  Two words: SIMPLY AMAZING! This is a video of the Easter Sunday Morning Celebration – blowing up Judas and various other nefarious creations.

 

I can’t believe I was in the company of such great artists, people, friends, mentors;

I can’t believe how much I’ve learned, felt, experienced.

It was all a bit heady – surreal – and being back in Australia makes me a bit homesick for all that culture, colour, food, laid back feel and the feeling of possibilities.

Here are a few pics to give you a taste of the town, the food, the people and the workshop:

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Here is the sign for the street where the Barro.Co Clay Studio was located – also where we stayed in the La Cocina Cooking School!

San Miguel de Allende

The doors and their knockers in San Miguel de Allende are amazing!

San Miguel de Allende, La Cocina Cooking School

This was our room at the La Cocina Cooking School in San Miguel de Allende.

Barro.Co Clay Studio

Doris at Barro.Co Clay Studio

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The street food in San Miguel de Allende was amazing!

San Miguel de Allende

Here we are eating at a food stall on the street!

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San Miguel at night was absolutely enchanting!

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Loved this guy! He is dressed up so cool!

I really don’t know what I expected this workshop to be, but it was not a step-by-step class on how to sculpt the figure!  Most of the participants had sculpted before and knew the basics.  I did not…

It was more like performance art with three artists working simultaneously and individually.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Kelly’s amazing lady sculpture.

The very first day about 1 hour into the workshop, we had a LIVE model arrive in a robe and a g-string! I wasn’t’ expecting that!

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Our model and sculptors.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

More sculptors working!

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Liz and Doris sculpting away!

We had to sculpt a maquette of our model. I started on the back side of him, so the buttocks were in the right place….until I got back around (we moved in a circular fashion and sculpted what we saw from that vantage point) to his back side, it was totally in the wrong place! I thought it was hilarious, but I’m not sure anyone else did! I was in the midst of serious sculptors.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Our live model and the view I had initially.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

My maquette with the butt where I thought it should be initially.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Then after I had sculpted the front side, the butt was totally in the wrong place!

But, man o man! Can these ladies sculpt, teach, entertain, mentor and enthuse!

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

The class viewing a demonstration.

Lisa Clague, Cristina Cordova-Soto and Kelly Garrett Rathbone are each superstars in their own right in the world of Figurative Sculpture! They weaved their information and magic in a two and fro fashion for the group of 20 students, all the while entrancing us with their vast knowledge, talent, humor and fabulous personas!

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Cristina Cordova-Soto gave us all expert demonstrations- focusing on each body part and helping us all to see the gestural angles and the nuances of a sculpted torso.

Lisa Clague, Figurative Sculpture Workshop, San Miguel de Allende,

Lisa Clague at the Figurative Sculpture Workshop, San Miguel de Allende,

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Lisa Claque giving us all her trade secrets and great advice and attention.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Lisa Clague’s hand building techniques weren’t too far off from techniques that I would normally use – great to see how she uses those techniques to sculpt.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Kelly Rathbone- Building up the skirt for her sculpture.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Cristina Cordova-Soto explaining the details of sculpting a hand.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Sculpture by Cristina Cordova-Soto

Throughout the workshop they were being assisted by Adria, Alberto and Shae to keep the show rolling.

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Alberto was always helping us all!

San Miguel de Allende, Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Adria explaining the glazes of the studio.

 

 

It was all a bit heady – surreal – and being back in Australia makes me a bit homesick for all that culture, colour, food, laid back feel and the feeling of possibilities.

Shae was a fab assistant during the workshop!

One couldn’t ask for a more challenging, yet inspiring, atmosphere.

I’m back home, recuperating from a surgery, and dying to try my hand at sculptures! My head is so full of images and ideas.

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So another area of ceramics that I love and want to learn more about!  Focus, Marian, Focus!!!

Love to all,

Marian

 

 

 

Written by Marian Williams

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