Fired Clay Sculpture and Cold Temperature Surfaces

Tip Toland holds a M.F.A. in ceramics from Montana State University. After an Artist-in-Residence in Baton Rouge, she practiced and taught in the greater Northwest for over thirty years. She has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and artist-in-residence, and was nominated for the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award in 2016. She exhibits both in Seattle and New York, and her work is in museums, galleries and private collections all over the United States.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
All students need to bring is bisque fired clay work. It can be in the form of sculptures you never finished or tiles to experiment on but all work must be bisque fired.

From Meg Murch

Small yogurt containers – 8 to 12, with lids if possible

Absorbent paper towels- wipe off a drip fast

Rags- medium weight cotton preferred, equivalent of two tee shirts or some pant legs

Old toothbrushes

Paint brushes- old oil or acrylic brushes preferred

Painting on clay destroys paint brushes in a short time. I use old brushes, cheap chip brushes and for those times I want to paint a clean line right where I want it I buy and keep ready I use two specific brushes. First I like a white synthetic bristle skew brush either 1/4” or 3/8 “. This is a cheap brush, thin and cut at a diagonal. Second brush is a #1 or a #2 liner brush, long hairs comes to a fine point when wet. Both these brushes are available cheap at artist and Craftsman Supply or Seattle Pottery Supply. Aim for under $3.00 each and buy several when you see them for $1.00.
Old bristle oil brushes are good for scrubbing in paint. Don’t waste a good watercolor brush for painting on clay.

Bring artist acrylic paints you may have at home. If you have no acrylics and wish to purchase some for your future use I would start with these basics-
white gesso- 8 oz
burnt umber
transparent red iron oxide

A unique opportunity to learn from a dynamic duo! Study surface treatment with nationally renowned sculptor Tip Toland and Pacific Northwest artist Meg Murch. Toland will focus on demonstrating how she creates her hallmark lifelike skin surfaces using house paint, acrylics, and chalk pastels as well as her unique use of silver, copper, and gold leafing and waxes. Meg Murch will provide demos on cold finish patinas to create dramatic and dynamic surfaces on bisque sculptures. Murch will also demonstrate how to use an aspirator to paint sculptural surfaces with acrylics.