Beginning & Intermediate
November 12, 2022
1 Session (Saturday)
Instructor: Marie Luce Van Asten
Class Fee: $90.00 non-members + $25.00 Supply Fee
$81.00 BRMAA members + $25.00 Supply Fee
Working on your own design in clay is very therapeutic and your creativity has no boundaries or limits. Students can come with their own ideas and projects for this class. The Instructor will be there to teach different clay techniques include coiling, pinch pot and slab building. Students can bring pictures, drawings and ideas of their project. Some ideas include cups, vases, boxes small animals, bird feeders, bird houses and baths, etc. The pieces will be decorated with underglaze and pieces will be fired after class and can be picked up a week later. If the student wants their pieces glazed, another class can be arranged at a later date. Students are welcomed to bring a sack lunch.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
MARIE LUCE VAN ASTEN
Marie-Luce Van Asten was born in Belgium and lived there for 40 years. Her parents had a home in the country side where they were growing fruit and vegetables but also chickens, pigeons and rabbits, all in an organic and sustainable way.
In High School, she decided to take Art Classes as her main focus and then she went to college to become an Art teacher. At that time, we were exposed to a lot of different art disciplines: painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, sculpture, print making as well as scientific design. For her year-end project, she chose to focus on Print Making, a discipline she kept practicing through the early years of her married life.
She graduated in Belgium as an Art teacher in 1983. When she arrived in the US in 2001, she found Chastain Art Center in Atlanta where she took wheel classes for 2 years. About that period, she got a full-time job at the Atlanta International School; her new professional life did not allow her to attend the day classes at Chastain anymore so she switched to the evening hand building clay classes. Luce taught the French language at the Atlanta International School in kindergarten and elementary for 15 years and retired in 2016.
During recent summers, Luce has been attending workshops at Arrowmont School of Art in Tennessee and at John Campbell Folk School where she has been developing and fine tuning her style. She took classes to improve her figurative sculpture techniques and discovered different surface decoration. Furthermore, with the help of her husband, Dominicus, she is fusing her ceramic pieces with wood. All pieces are hand crafted in Blue Ridge and are one of a kind! She hand-builds the clay pieces using different types of clay depending on the finished piece she wants to create; for each of them they discuss which wood components to use, trying to tell a story through their integration. The wood is used to enhance the piece and to finish it.
Luce is currently the Vice President of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild in Blue Ridge, GA. She teaches clay building and the pottery wheel classes throughout the year at the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association and Art Center in Blue Ridge, GA.