Connie Norman
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Yoko Sekino-Bove’s Workshop!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Yoko’s Sekino-Bove’s workshop at Plinth Gallery was amazing.  Her generosity was incredible.  It was great learning all her “Japanese, Korean and Chinese Pottery” secrets.  She told all!  Yoko has a grand sense of humor and we were laughing the entire workshop.  I know we all loved it!  If you ever have a chance to take a workshop from Yoko, do it!!!  I really loved her work before and then during the workshop, I really fell in LOVE.  She can paint and draw like nobody’s business!  Wow! Thank you Yoko for everything!!

Plinth Gallery really treated us right for the workshop, they catered a lunch for us from Fuel Café again and it was delicious.

The only thing now, I wish I hadn’t gone to Yoko’s workshop because… show and workshop is next.  Yoko really set the bar high; I don’t know if I can live up to what she did.  Now, I’m really nervous.

Well, here is Yoko’s workshop…..

After the workshop we made origami cranes  for OshKosh B’Gosh, they are donating to the children of Japan, an article of clothing for every crane that they collect.

Shalene Valenzuela’s Workshop

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Shalene’s workshop at Plinth Gallery was first-rate.  She shared tons of very cool printing techniques.  And I loved her slide show; I really enjoyed seeing images from her past to explain why she makes what she does.  Also it was great to see her show, I wish I could make it to Denver more often to see art, but alas I do live in the cultural Mecca of Cheyenne.  (ha ha)

Thanks Shalene for sharing with us.  It was great time.  Thank you Jonathan for putting on the workshops and the delicious food brought to us from Fuel Cafe.

Here is the workshop in pictures.

After the demo.

After she finished the flask.


Here are some of the things we made.

This hammer, I am proud to say will be coming to live with us some time soon.

Here is the class, with Joshua Green making a special appearance.

Here are some of the artists represented by Plinth.

Peter Saenger

Courtney Murphy

Shelia Hrasky (Check out her interview here.)

Lisa Pedolsky (Read her interview here.)

And here is my work!

Michael Wisner workshop @ Laramie County Community College

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

It’s been a crazy and fun week.  I’m trying to catch up on some blogging.  And we are still having computer problems.  I’ll be glad when they are all resolved.

Last week Michael Wisner came to Cheyenne to give a workshop.  He makes absolutely beautiful ceramics.  I meet him years ago, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass.  His workshop was a two day intensive workshop about Mata Ortiz pottery and Michael’s contemporary southwestern pottery techniques.

Here he is showing us how to use bisque molds to coil build in the Juan Quezada – Mata Ortiz style.

Michael makes his patterns from hack saw blades that have been shaped into a pattern.  Of course Michael makes it looks so easy.  I can tell you from experience, there is nothing easy about making this pattern.  When I brought my pot home, my husband’s comment was, “Yours doesn’t quite look like Michaels.”  If you notice here, my coil pot is not pictured here.

Michael makes his own brushes from hair.  The brushes he makes draws incredible lines.  In this picture he is cutting some hair from the back fo her neck.  I didn’t realize I would be getting a new hair cut in this workshop.  ha ha.

The second day we fired our peices.  We rakued them in the eletric kiln which was super exicting.  Here are some pictures of me lifting the lid, while the kiln is at 1500 degrees.  A pyromaniacs dream!!

It was a great workshop.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop from Michael, I know you’ll learn tons and have a wonderful time.