Finding Your Form Through Nature,  The Bascom Art Center, Highlands, NC, June 19-23, 2017

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT OUT OF 12  Contact information below if you or someone you know is interested.


Finding Your Form Through Nature is a hand-building class inspired by the beauty of the natural surroundings of the Bascom in Highlands, NC.  Along with all my favorite hand-building techniques, participants will learn to make and use terra sigillata.  We will use earthenware and schedule two firings for work that is dry.  Other work can be taken home or fired at a later date. Packing and shipping of that work would be extra.

Bring along your sketchbook/journal to record special moments, for sketching and for saving valuable technical information.

NOTE: Participants who have taken "Finding Your Form Through Nature" have the option to plan, with my help if you need it, a focus on favorite hand-building techniques in more depth. For example, you might want to focus on a group of Ikebana containers, moss gardens, organic boxes, or nature platters. 

My contact information if you have any questions about the class or want to ask me about a special project you wish to work on.

Registration has started so contact the Bascom to save a place as this class will fill up fast.  



Alice  Ballard
"Finding Your Form Through Drawing & Clay"

Skill Level:  

All levels


Regardless of your medium, in this process oriented workshop, we will move back and forth between clay and various drawing media, seeking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Lake Logan with its host of natural forms within its environment. Working inside and outside the studio, our ideas and materials will be our partners and the creative process will take us on a journey of discovery. Artist who are used to working in two dimensions and those who usually work in three will all benefit from the contrast and combination of these two ways of working.  We’ll use earthenware clay and a variety of simple hand building techniques along with doing lots of drawing. 


Alice Ballard and Janice Mason Steeves will have some joint sessions, integrating the two classes. Janice will lead the first activity, where we begin each day with a 20-minute meditation outdoors in nature, where we contemplate three questions. Each class will then separate to go about their various workshop activities, but come together on the last day of the workshop to share thoughts on their reflective questions.  At the end of each day, Alice will lead the participants in a “Seeing with our hands” drawing as meditation exercise for 20-30 minutes. There will also be a session where the instructors teach each other’s students – so that each group will have the opportunity to feel and experience another medium. These collaborative sessions are very expansive for students and enhance overall experience.

Studio Artist and Teaching Artist Alice Ballard has conducted workshops at University of South Carolina, Francis Marion University, SC, Arrowmont School of Art, the Bascom Art Center, Penland School of Craft, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and Cullowhee Mountain Arts. Ballard has an extensive exhibition record. Her work is also in permanent collections at: The Renwick, Washington DC, Mint Museums(s), Charlotte, NC, Greenville County Museum of Art, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, ALTN TN &SC State Collections, numerous commissions for Corporations. Commissions include: 2 SC Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships, AK Arts Council Fellowship, 3 MAC Grants, Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. Gallery Representation includes: by Christie Taylor Art Consultant, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, Sumter Museum of Art, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC.

For more information :

Norma Hendrix, MA, MFA

Executive Director

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