Beginning & Intermediate
July 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2019 4 Session (Tuesday-Friday)
10:30 am-4:00 pm
Instructor: Marie Luce Van Asten
Class Fee: $160.00 non-members + $20.00 Supply Fee
$144.00 BRMAA members + 20.00 Supply Fee
In this clay class, Students create a coiled basket out of clay utilizing an extruder. The Instructor explains how weaving clay is all in the preparation. The students will use the clay coils to weave a traditional reed basket and use other techniques to cutout clay to embellish the baskets. The intended project uses a simple hump mold for the extruder coiled basket. Other projects include building a clay bowl and using cutout pieces of clay to create the illusion of weaving. Techniques students will learn include coils, carving and the use of the extruder. This 4 day clay class will be surprisingly creative and fun! The students need to wear clothes that they can get messy in.
Register for the Class Below
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. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday..
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.