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PSAD Summer Artist Workshops Begin Next Month

This summer Paducah School of Art and Design is launching its second Master Artist Workshops Program, featuring leading artists and educators from across the country that will share their expertise in ceramics and small metals.

Beginning next month, individuals can select from two, three and five-day intensive workshops with master artists Chris Baskin, Sharon Massey, Jason Hess, Jen Townsend, Fong Choo, Victoria Lansford, Tim Lazure, and Lisa Naples.

We are once again offering these unique workshops to continue to promote the reputation of the school within the art community and to help open the door to becoming a nationally-recognized leader for the visual arts, said Paul Aho, PSAD dean.

May 28-30
Chris Baskin Soda Firing for Color, Content, Surface, and Substance

Discover the basics of the soda firing glazing process and the loading of the kiln as well as learn ways to develop visual images that are connected to personal ideas and interests. Participants should bring bisqueware for glazing, sketchbooks or other image sources. The course will with a class discussion of the works. Cost: $290.

May 28-30
Sharon Massey Jewelry Fabrication in Steel

Over three days, learn small-scale fabrication techniques to create jewelry using mild steel sheet and wire. The properties of mild steel sheet and wire differ from traditional non-ferrous metals used in jewelry. An emphasis is also placed on finding personal direction and unique designs through discussion of forming, etching, soldering, pickling and other finishing techniques. Cost: $290

June 2-6
Jason Hess Wood Firing and Making Work for Atmospheric Kilns

This five-day workshop takes a hands-on approach that explores glazing and the application of a variety of slips to bisqueware. After loading and firing a Manabigama wood-burning kiln and placing works within it, stacking and loading techniques will be discussed in detail. The workshop also includes two days of demonstrations by the instructor and an evening lecture about his art and working philosophy. Cost: $490.

June 2-6
Jen Townsend Casting Without Equipment

Over five days, participants will gain a greater understanding of the ancient process of lost wax casting, a method that is still a staple of the jewelry industry today. This class teaches participants how to create a wax model and work with a casting house to turn their creation into a finished metal product. This workshop is designed for those who are interested in using cast elements in their work but do not possess casting equipment. Students of all skill levels will discuss topics ranging from finding a caster to finishing the metal casing during the workshop. Cost: $490.

June 26-27
Fong Choo Demystifying Form: Clay Play and the Teapot

During this two-day workshop, students will learn about the teapotarguably the most challenging and intriguing forms in clay. Participants will watch a demonstration in the hand-building and wheel-thrown work required to explore the teapot form. Students will learn how to combine the teapot into an aesthetically pleasing whole and watch several demonstrations of helpful tools and gadgets. Cost: $190.

July 17-18
Victoria Lansford Russian Filigree

Learn the secret of Russian (open back) filigree through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration. Participants will create a pendant and finger ring while learning the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this technique. A discussion and demonstration of three-dimensional possibilities is included. Participants must know how to solder with a torch. Cost: $190, materials and supplies not included.

August 6-8
Tim Lazure Ring 360

Adorning the finger with a ring has been a tradition for ages. This workshop will explore jewelry design fabrication, stone setting, and assembling techniques related to the ring concept. Students will fashion rings of personal importance, expression and adornment. Centered on lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for individual attention, this workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate metalsmiths. Cost: $290, materials and supplies not included.

August 7-8
Lisa Naples Flat to Functional: Cultivating Personal Expression

This demonstration workshop will cover Naples characteristic soft-slab construction, dry-brush slip application and decoration. While Naples works in red earthenware clay, participants will learn about a black iron oxide process employed during the glazing phase, as well as how to achieve consistent results with a satin-clear glaze. Finding ones voice through form and decoration can often be the most daunting part of expression through art, but this workshop will help guide participants in moving their vision forward. Cost: $190.

All workshops will be held PSADs Ceramics and Small Metals Building located at 919 Madison Street in LowerTown. To register for a workshop, visit or call Liz Dodd, PSAD division assistant, at (270) 408-4278.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTCs campus, 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah and 919 Madison Street.

Registration for summer and fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 17.