Shaping, Sculpting and Storytelling in Clay

Pair of bird salt shakers
Pair of dog salt shakers
Two sets of creative salt shakers
two sets of creative salt shakers
 salt shakers with faces

Date: June 17-19, 2022 (Summer, 3 day)
Medium: Clay
Instructor: Terri Kern (email)
Skill Level: All

Join Terri Kern for a fun, and imaginative weekend as she shares her method for creating a variety of narrative and sculptural objects that can be transformed into salt and pepper shakers if you choose. A combination of slab, coil and pinch methods will be used to create a variety of animals, spaceships, natural pods, household objects and imaginary creatures. Terri will also demonstrate relief carving, surface design, appendage pulling and the use of nichrome wire in your sculptural pieces.

This course has ended.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

The instructor will be providing a variety of carving and handbuilding tools foruse with clay that students can try out during the class. If students already have their own clay tools, they should bring them. (for example: a needle tool, a scoring tool, a flexible metal rib etc.) Most of the other supplies can come right out of your house, studio and garage.

  • Spray bottle for water(to keep work moist as needed)
  • Plastic to cover work (dry cleaning plastic or kitchen garbage bags work best)
  • Small plastic container (to make slip in like a yogurt cup)
  • Favorite carving and texture tools (see above)
  • apron/work shirt
  • Scratch paper or sketchbook (if you have one) to work out ideas
  • Box and padding material (plastic grocery bags or towels will work if you don't have bubble wrap) to take your sculptural pieces home in. (A clay box should be sufficient as the pieces will be small.)
Estimated cost student will spend: under $5

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.


About the Instructor

Terri Kern has been an independent studio artist since 1995 when she left a university level teaching position to pursue art full time. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Germany, France, China, Japan and Cuba, received numerous awards and grants, been nominated twice for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Cincinnati Magazine, Ceramic Arts Daily, American Bungalow and the Journal.