Yoko Sekino-Bové will be teaching ‘From Ideas to Art: How to Develop Your Style’ at Touchstone from July 16–20, 2018

This workshop will be about discovering and developing YOUR voice and telling YOUR stories through clay.

The artist’s voice is often constructed with the materials, structures, colors, surfaces, and techniques he or she chooses to use. Materials, functions, tools, and firing methods will be discussed and demonstrations to improve your technical skills will be shown. Since ceramic work often presents stories of its own, your creative challenge will be to establish a conversation with it and discover where that dialogue leads. We will use mid-range electric kilns to complete some projects. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.

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Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. She worked as a graphic designer before her passion for ceramic art took her on a new path. After receiving an MFA in ceramics from the University of Oklahoma, Yoko moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, and started working from her home studio. Her porcelain work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and most importantly, many private homes (mainly kitchens). Yoko participated in several residencies, such as the Arts/Industry residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, and at Cerdeira Village in Portugal. Her work has also been shown in Canada, Portugal, Japan, Latvia, Turkey, Dominican Republic, and South Korea. Her works are featured in 500 Cups; 500 Platters and Chargers; 500 Teapots, volume 2; Humor in Craft, and Cast; as well as a variety of periodicals. Her technical articles are featured in the Pottery Making Illustrated magazine. Yoko also teaches ceramics at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.

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Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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