Born in Japan, Kensuke Yamada came to the United States to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He earned an MFA from University of Montana, Missoula. Since then, he has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a guest artist and adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia; and a visiting artist, studio technician, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Kensuke is a sculptor creating layered narratives within his figurative works. His playful figurative work has been exhibited throughout the United States.
Kensuke will be teaching Coil Building Expressive Figures at Touchstone from July 9–13, 2018. In this workshop, students will create figurative work using basic hand-building methods, such as coil building and pinching. Demonstrations include various hand-building techniques used in making figurative forms. Individual instruction helps you make your own unique narrative figure. We will discuss glazing techniques and how to personalize your piece. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Originally from the Boston area, Andrew Meers has a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received his MFA in blacksmithing and metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Andrew recently earned his American Bladesmithing Society Mastersmith rating. Andrew is a former artist-in-residence at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. He has taught workshops at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, the National Ornamental Museum, and Penland School of Crafts.
Andrew will be teaching Introduction to Bladesmithing at Touchstone from June 18–22, 2018. In this workshop, students will design and create a small-scale utility knife. We will primarily focus on learning and practicing the forging and shaping of blades. While you can expect to leave with a forged and heat-treated blade, the main goal of the workshop is to learn basic bladesmithing processes, and if time permits—complete a knife. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.
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