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Figuring Out

This class is part of the NW Designer Craftsman Symposium and no discount codes may be used for registration. Thank you.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will create a unique figurative sculpture Kensuke will demonstrate his hollow-forming hand building techniques to construct a Head and full figure using basic ceramics technique. Discussions will focus on anatomy, proportion, posture and gesture and how these are used to create an expressive figure. Facial features, hands, feet and clothing will be added to animate the figures. Surfaces can be enhanced by texturing and detailing to create additional personal imagery. Students will take pieces to dry and fire after the class at their own location. No kilns available at Schack Art Center.

4 sessions

All Levels

Student bring:

Basic ceramics tools, Spray bottle, large towel, trash bag(to cover your piece) banding wheel

We will supply 100 lbs clay per student included in class fee


Kensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2009 and has a BA from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Kensuke has participated in artist residency programs at The Archie Bray Foundation, The clay studio Philadelphia, Tyler School of Art, and Cheekwood. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the USA. Kensuke was previously a visiting artist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. He is currently teaching at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dates & Times

Fee: $650.00

Members: $650.00

Class Full

Mar 6-Mar 9, Friday-Monday 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Ken Yamada
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 1