UNM-LA Welcomes New Ceramics Instructor

Sharon Brush hand-builds her pieces with stoneware clay, using pinch, coil and slab construction methods. After construction they are sanded smooth, sprayed with layers of slip and terra-sigilatta, burnished, and fired in oxidation to 2200. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is offering two Introduction to Ceramics classes this fall, taught by professional ceramics artist Sharon Brush. ARTS 168: Introduction to Ceramics will meet Tuesdays, with one section meeting 9:30-11:59 a.m., and another section meeting 2-4:30 p.m. Students in the ceramics classes may also work in the ceramics studio throughout the week during open studio hours.

In the course, students will be introduced to a variety of techniques, and then encouraged to pursue individual projects.

“Students may choose to build pots or sculptural forms. There will be an emphasis on hand-building, but students have the option of working on the wheel as well,” Brush said.“During the summer semester, the students really engaged with each other as they worked. I enjoy fostering a supportive, community environment.”

“The best thing about clay is that you can do anything with it,” Brush said. “It is a very versatile material. The possibilities are limitless.”

Brush has been a ceramics artist for more than 30 years. She began working with clay when she was in junior high school, and concentrated on ceramics in college. Brush received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY New Palz, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rhode Island Institute of Design.

In her Artist Statement, Brush comments on her style.

“I approach the construction of each of my vessels as a sculpture– working to create rhythm, flow, reverberation and quiet within each one. Intrigued by contrasts, I move from slow, sweeping curves to staccato points and ridges; from enclosed space to open passage; from deeply textured surface to river-rock smoothness; from black to white. It is my hope that the finished piece will bring the viewer a sense of calm and quiet.”

For information about registering for classes, call 505.662.5919 or visit Student Services in Building 1 on the UNM-LA campus. Classes begin Aug. 20.

More work by Sharon Brush can be viewed on her website at www.sharonbrush.com.