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Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
We are thrilled to travel to Chicago to visit multi-media artist, author, and educator Paul Andrew Wandless. Our discussion will be around materiality and the thought process Paul goes through to choose what types of materials serve his concepts best. Clay, printmaking, stone carving, mold making, leatherworking, metalsmithing, wood carving, and painting are all mediums used in combination or individually for the creation of his works. How do you organize a studio to work with multiple materials, all with different characteristics and needs for space and safety? Well, we shall find out!
Cost: Free for Harvard Undergraduates. $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff, and Adult Community.
Artist Biography: Paul Andrew Wandless was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Smyrna, Delaware. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Delaware, a Master of Arts in Ceramics from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and then earned his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Printmaking from Arizona State University. He also worked with art historians while earning his MA and MFA to study different styles of writing in the arts. Wandless returned to the greater Philadelphia area after finishing graduate school, where he taught and had his studio for 10 years. Wandless currently lives and has his studio in Chicago, IL. His sculptures and prints feature ceramic processes, printmaking methods, and a wide variety of sculptural techniques and mediums. Clay, printmaking, stone carving, mold making, leatherworking, metalsmithing, wood carving, and painting are all mediums used in combination or individually for the creation of his works. His clay work, prints, and sculptures have been widely exhibited since 1995 including recent solo exhibitions at the Ohr-O’keefe Museum of Art.
His artworks are published in 16 books and collected privately and publicly. As a writer, Wandless authored Image Transfer On Clay, 500 Prints On Clay, Image & Design Transfer Techniques, and co-authored Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques and is a contributing author in 10 clay technique books. He's written 28 published articles for several publications including Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics: Art and Perception and the International Review of African American Art. A DVD was also created of Wandless by the American Ceramic Society titled, Fundamentals of Screen Printing On Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless. Wandless has served on several Boards in different capacities since 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Penland School of Art (2015 - ). He served on the Board of Directors for the International Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN) as Vice President, the Board of Directors for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) as a Director-at-Large, the Board of Directors for The Clay Studio of Philadelphia and the steering committee for the Philadelphia Sculptors. He was also an NCECA Presidential Appointee for the Demonstrating Artist Video Program as the Video Editor/DVD Creator.
Wandless has given 93 workshops regarding his art, techniques, and research around the U.S. and Canada since 2000. He lectures frequently and sits on panels addressing a wide range of art-related topics from technique and process to aesthetics and art theory. He has received recognition for his work in the form of awards from Minnesota State University, Mankato as a recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) as an Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.
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