Animals and Artifacts – Saturday to Sunday, July 27th – 28th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm


2-Day Workshop from July 27th - July 28th,
Saturday to Sunday, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn to make animals in clay with Ariel and Sweety Bowman!
Ariel will demonstrate solid building sculpture techniques, while her mother Sweety shares how to throw animal forms using the potter’s wheel. Each participant will get to make an animal sculpture using both methods. Thrown forms can be provided for any students who do not practice the wheel.
Students will learn unique ways of combining forming methods, how to make animal textures, and other elements like pillows, blankets, and clothing.

Please bring tools and a 25lb bag of grogged clay to work with. Tools and grogged clay may be purchased at Trinity Ceramics Supply Inc, or at the studio upon arrival.

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Instructor Bio

Ariel and Sweety Bowman

Ariel Bowman was raised in Dallas, Texas where her parents are both artists. Growing up, she spent a lot of time outside with animals. The undeveloped woodlands that surrounded her childhood home inspired her to create art that focused on the natural world. As a sculptor, Ariel works in clay using a variety of mixed media techniques. Clay is the most influential material that Ariel has worked with. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 2018. She has studied abroad at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and was awarded the Regina K. Brown NCECA undergraduate and graduate fellowships. Ariel has been an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center and her work has been collected by the Belger Arts Center, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

Karmien (Sweety) Bowman received her Bachelor of Arts in ceramics from University of Texas and her Master of Fine Arts . As professor of ceramics at Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus for over thirty years she inspired many students. Her ceramic work has been exhibited and collected nationally. Her public art commissioned bronzes can be seen at Northlakes Park and Heritage Park. Karmien is now retired from teaching, and works as a full time studio artist in Flower Mound, Texas.