FLORENCE – The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts has converted its Carriage House into a community ceramic studio with funding from the Kennedy-Douglass Trust. They will host workshops and ceramics classes in the studio, with artist residency projects being developed for the future.
The new studio will host UNA Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics and Sculpture, Aaron Benson, on Saturday for a full-day ceramics workshop. Benson will teach adults and children 16 and over how to combine traditional methods of building slabs to create unique and unique plant containers on June 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will work on the design, construction and decoration of their ships.
Aaron Tennessee Benson has a combined 20 years experience in clay. He received his MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his BFA in ceramics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was an intern at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and a long-term resident and MJD Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. Benson’s work has been published, collected and exhibited nationally and internationally. His current work uses traditional methods of ceramic hand-making to create large-scale public works.
The June 12 workshop fee of $ 95 includes a day of instruction as well as all materials and tools. Registration for the workshop can be done at https://www.florencealmuseums.com/calendar/1-day-ceramics-workshop-with-aaron-benson
Call 256-760-6379 for more information. The KD Center is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence.