Handbuilt Pumpkin Making Raku
Make handbuilt pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns out of clay. The first 2 weeks students will learn to make hollow forms from 2 pinch pots. Students will transform the hollow balls into realistic looking pumpkins and have the opportunity to carve them. The second week, the concept will be advanced and several sculptural elements will be introduced to create an expressive or grostec jack-o-lantern. On the final day, we will glaze and fire our work using the Raku method. Pieces can then be taken home directly after class!
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Sam Dowd earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and an MFA from Kansas State University where he met his wife, Jenny.
Passionate about art as a career, he and Jenny moved frequently, teaching and producing art for shops, galleries, and fairs across the country. Landing in Jackson, Wyoming in 2007, Sam served as the Ceramics and Sculpture Manager for the Art Association of Jackson Hole, and in 2010, he and Jenny launched Dowd House Studios. Sam has also been involved in several public art installations, including mounting a 16’ kinetic steel canoe over a state highway and installing his clay sculpture, “Glimpse”, on the grounds of the Center for Arts in Jackson. While in Jackson, Sam also managed many successful community art programs for kids and adults and curated multiple shows and workshops.
In 2021, Sam and Jenny relocated to NWA to open their Prairie Grove studio and fulfill their dream of becoming full-time potters. With a passion for sharing his experiences and work with his new community, Sam and Jenny have been members of the Community Creative Center’s Open Studio program since spring and are active supporters of community arts programming in NWA.
- Masks are not required in the building, but are available at front desk
- Class requires a minimum of 4 registered participants to run.
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