Schedule: Monday - Thursday, June 19 - 22 and June 26 - 29 from 10:00am - 1:00pm

Description: Artist Joey Chiarello will teach young students how to tell stories using figurative sculpture and surface decoration. Students will explore their ʻaumakua or spirit animal using cylinders made from clay slabs and hand building techniques that will inform movement, mood and style to further explore the limitless possibilities in their own work. The second week, students will learn decorative techniques using underglaze painting, slip and glazing. This class will culminate with a gallery walk and an option to participate in the annual Young Artist Exhibition that features student work generated during the summer.

Level: Ages 13-17

Students should bring: 

  • Sketchbook
  • Healthy Snack
  • Drink
  • Closed toed shoes

About the Artist: Joseph Chiarello, who goes by Joey, is primarily self-taught. He has studied with Esther Shimazu of Honolulu, Hawaii. He also studied with Sergei Isupov, and Michael Sherrill and under their tutelage he earned a scholarship through the Hawaii Craftsmen in 2004 and 2005. Joey views teaching as a large part of his education and has taught ceramic art classes at Hawaii potters guild in Honolulu Hawaii (as of 2011), and Seward park clay studio in Seattle Washington (2009-2011). Joey has been exhibiting work since 2003. His more recent shows include Mini SOFA inspired show at The Fine Art associates (2011), Hawaii’s Modern Masters (2011), Honolulu Japanese Chamber of commerce, Commitment to excellence Juried show, 2nd prize 3-D category, Honolulu Hawaii (2011), and “Homeward-bound” solo show at The Pacini Lubel Gallery Seattle (2010). Joey uses a wide range of age-old 2-D designs that includes a wide range of Native, Asian, folklore and spirituality as paintings, drawings and tattoos which inspire his 3-D ceramic interpretations. He says, “Growing up, I have always had a great appreciation of the many forms and capabilities of the entire animal kingdom. I am captivated by the stillness of the instinctual nature of each diverse creature. When I give in, creatures seem to flow from my fingertips.”


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