Handbuilding with Colored Clays Focus of Workshop Feb. 21-22

Event Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renee Foosaner Education Center

MELBOURNE, FLA. —Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum presents a workshop on handbuilding with colored clays on Saturday, Feb. 21, and Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Renee Foosaner Education Center.

The workshop, led by Pennsylvania-based artist Mitch Lyons, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Lyons will demonstrate his unusual handbuilding techniques. Called “broomstick,” Lyons’ approach involves utilizing a series of dowels and tubes up to several inches in diameter to make his vessels. The results are cylinders of just about any length and diameter, all seamless and evenly constructed.

While the clay is soft, colored clays and colored slips, as well as textures, are added. Then a clear glaze is used to finish the pot.

Lyons, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, has had exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, France, England, Greece and the United States. He is collected in several museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Noyse Museum and West Bend Museum and in many private and cooperative collections.

Over the past 10 years he has taught over 100 workshops all over the world.

Lunch is included both days. The cost for the workshop is $250 for Foosaner Art Museum members and $275 for non-members.

A 50 percent discount is available for full-time Florida Tech faculty and staff (register online using the discount code FLTECH50).  Full-time Florida Tech students may also register for a fee of $30 by calling the Renee Foosaner Education Center directly. And current winter term Education Center students are eligible for a $50 discount.

More information, workshop materials list and online registration are available at foosanerartmuseum.org or by calling 321-674-8923 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday – Friday.

The Renee Foosaner Education Center is at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.


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