I , Kat Johnston, had the pleasure of participating in two very fun, very creative events! First was the Sculpture Garden workshop held at the Baltimore Clayworks, FREE workshop all materials provided, artists were invited to come make LIVE
Sculpture Garden Workshop
sculptures, meaning after being fired these sculptures would live outside in ones garden and have grass planted in/ on them like Chi-Pets. Normally 3D is not my style, I am a mixed media collage artist and a painter ( http://katjohnston.yolasite.com/) all my art typically tends to be 2D and able to hang on the wall. Although I do enjoy clay I typically go the route of wheel-throwing and making functional things such as over-sized coffee mugs, colorful plates and bowls (I do have a few things on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/creationsbykathryn)
So me going to a sculpture workshop was a little outside my normal comfort zone but I thought it would be fun to expand a little and experiment. The workshop took place Sat night Dec 3rd. Myself and a few of my friends created pieces together at the workshop, enjoyed ourselves and hoped for the best that none of our pieces would explode or lose limbs in the process of being fired in the kiln. I made 2 sculptures, one was a Victorian bird skull lady and the other a breast.
B-More clayworks fired the pieces and presented them at the Grass Tasting Party hosted by the Contemporary Museum a week later Sat Dec 10th at Area 405. I was curious to find out how my pieces turned out and wanted to see all of the sculptures that were created during the workshop. We had gone to the first session of two, I was told that over 70 sculptures were made! I wanted to see how they looked.
Sod Bar Menu
“Grass tasting” was an interesting concept and I was curious about that too, though unsure if I would actually be eating any grass while I was there (turns out I didn’t). I was pleasantly surprised to be able to visit an art space I had not yet discovered or even knew existed and was right up the street from me! I literally walk only about 5 mins to get there.
AREA 405 was where the Grass Tasting party was held. I was impressed with the installation art set up in the first room, but I was later told that the exhibition was still “in progress” and being set up by MICA students, the
Art Installation "In Progress" MICA
opening for that would officially be next Friday. ( Noted and marked on my calendar mentally). I loved how everything was set up for the Grass tasting, they had lawns and tuffs of grass everywhere throughout the gallery space, a “bar” with grass being paired with variety of mixed drinks, my favorite part was the photo op- set up with props such as lawn chair, garden hose and coolers! (Photo op station was by Gary Kachadourian)
They also had another clay / sculpture making station for those that maybe missed out on the workshop to create more clay masterpieces and LIVE sculptures. This was fun and regressive for many (making phallic things- goes hand in hand with clay).
There was a poetry reading by the very talented Stephanie Barber, complete with a slide show of Lawn Poems. I enjoyed her reading and the images as they were very thought provoking and clever. She used a lot of humor in her poetry.
Very fun, clever themed party and event , well designed and thought out. Great time had by all! Thank you Baltimore Clayworks for the adventure and fun of being able to be a part of this! AND to Contemporary Museum for such a creative and unique experience of a Grass Tasting Party! I will definitely be back for more events, looking forward to the new location and the many future fun-filled events that they have planned. Also plan to come to more events at Area 405, a very cool space indeed!