Last weekend I attended a Fundamentals of Design in Clay workshop lead by Nick DeVries at the Edina Art Center. It was a great time and very educational. Edina Art Center has a wonderful facility and always puts on equally wonderful special events.
Principles and elements of design as they relate to creating works in clay were the primary lessons of the workshop and the concepts were made clear while watching Nick demonstrate his very unique processes.
Most of Nick’s work is thrown rather thick and his shapes refined by the use of a rasp. Using this process, he often makes squared shapes out of round and uses the subtle texture left by the rasp to give his pieces a great textural feel. Nick’s additional stamped and carved design elements along with his gorgeous matte oxidation glazes finish the pieces off perfectly.