In four workshops, learn specific areas of the body and how to build an entire figure with Esther Shimazu. Ahead of time, we will send you a list of all the supplies and tools you will need to do each workshop.
Torso, Feet & Body Parts Workshop – February 13th, 2021: We will begin with mostly slab and coil built hollow torso, thighs, calves. Each foot will be hollow with an upper and a sole and individual toes and toenails. Store well to prevent drying in several layers of soft plastic and/or in a plaster damp box or large plastic container. Pieces should be damp but able to hold their shape and resist smushing.
Hands, Breast, Shoulders & Arm Parts Workshop – February 27th, 2021:Individual toe- and fingernails, toes, fingers, hollow palms, insteps and soles. Maybe wrap in soft plastic and store in a plastic container with a tight lid to keep safe.
Assemblage Workshop – March 6th, 2021: Posing and joining all the parts, seeing how they interact. Parts should still be moist but not wet. If time allows, some discussion of finishing and firing.
Head and Neck Workshop – March 20th, 2021: Constructing a mask, installing eyeballs, teeth and tongue, then adding the cranium and ears and figuring out the neck. With the remaining time, allowing the piece to firm up so it can be maneuvered without fear of deforming.