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Meet Guest Workshop Artist Alyssa Block

Posted on August 9, 2016

We are thrilled to welcome back former Art Sales Associate Alyssa Block as a Guest Workshop Artist to the Creativity Explored studio. During her workshop titled "Homemade" August 1 through September 27, 2016, Block will invite artists to create familiar foods and kitchen items in white clay using a variety of hand-building technqiues. Each artist will make one to five food sculptures that examine each artist's culture, personal tastes, and to combine different building techniques.

Block's practice examines temporality and personal growth. She also designs a small collection of ceramic accessories. Working with the idea of personal growth, she wanted to teach a workshop in which CE artists would analyze their own histories through food. Her workshop begins with sketching and discussing food with participating artists. Teaching basic clay techniques like rollling out slabs, cutting patterns, coils, pinch pots, and slumping, each artist is learning the ways to create 3D forms without the pottery wheel. 

The first project is for each artists to create coffee cups, dishes, utensils, which may become display pieces for future works made during the workshop. Making things like a coffee cup for Block "makes something simple like getting up in the morning more exciting." She hopes that the particiatping CE artists will also use the coffee cups they made in the studio. 

About participating artists, Block remarks, "Some selected artists are not necessarily known for their ceramics like Elana Cooper. Plus, it is exciting to work with artists like Peter Cordova, who works in ceramic but for this workshop is doing something outside of his own style."

Japanese American artist Hiroshi Onodera taps into his own food memories recreating the sushi rolls that his mother made him growing up. 

Other participating artists so far include Patrick Gaiser, Hector Lopez, and Cheryle Rutledge

Hiroshi Onodera's sushi
Coffee cup and utensils by Peter Cordova
Hamburger by JD Green
Alyssa Block's eggs and bacon

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