Visiting Artist: Sara Catapano

Visiting Artist Workshop

2 Day Biomorphic Sculpture Workshop with Sara Catapano

Monday December 3 and Thursday December 6, 2018 from 9am – 5pm

Tuition: $340
House clay will be provided for the hands on part of the workshop.
Speciality clay can be purchased at the studio.
Firing  of the work made by students is not included with the workshop but is available for 4 cents/cubic inch.

This is a demonstration based and hands on workshop.

In the morning, Sara Catapano will discuss her sculptural work influenced by her love and obsession with nature, decay, ocean life and biology. She will also demonstrate hand building techniques and  manipulation strategies she employs in her practice as well as specific finishing tools she has made to achieve her incredible textures.

In the afternoon, Sara will continue with some demonstrations while also assisting participants with their own creations. On Tuesday 12/4 and Wednesdays 12/5, participants who are not Choplet members will be able to come work on their sculpture from 10am-2:30pm, for an additional studio access fee of $15/hour. Choplet members will be able to use the studio during open studio hours, as usual.

“The relationship between the natural world and the metropolis of man is, at times, harmonious; however it is a habitual power struggle for dominance, progression and survival. I employ forms, textures, and compositions found in nature as design elements in my sculptures to juxtapose against architectural components that exist in materials reminiscent of industry. I fuse an abstracted reference to plants, bacteria, and geological systems with patterns of growth, decay, degradation, erosion, and gestation to create a biomorphic ingredient which both confronts and reacts to the minimal and formalistic component. Skeletonizing the influence of man made structures and materials in relation to natural growth patterns. My ambiguous forms discuss the complexities of organic life within the imagined environment they are created for; in some cases, I begin with a solid block of clay, carving into and through the material, exposing and leaving only the most essential tendrils for support and structure. Other works bring to life an imagined hybrid of micro/macro organisms with geological and biological flora and fauna from land and sea. Referencing the anatomical and parasitic residents of our natural world as a metaphor for the thoughts and feelings of the human condition, these bio-expressive forms are, in some ways, reactions and responses to social and personal experiences.” Sara Catapano –

Date Time Instructor
Mon 12/03 & Thu 12/06 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sara Catapano
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Cancellation Policy: $170 is non refundable. $170 will be refunded for cancellations made in writing by 11/ 18/2018.