The Mastery of African Pottery
African Clay Molding Techniques
Facilitated by Christina Davis, SAAM Docent, and local ceramic artist
Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30pm
Workshop will be held in the SAAM gardens behind the main building
Participant Availability up to 10 Participants between the ages of 6 – up
Just bring your creativity! All materials, tables & chairs will be supplied.
SAAM Docent and facilitator, Christina Davis will be leading participants through exercises in molding their clay and how to form it into a finished art piece.
Participants start the workshop with a short tour of our Terracotta Gallery, The Upbeat Village, that showcases a powerful range of 19th and 20th century earthenware works from Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the countries included are Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. Following the tour participants will get to work with their own block of clay to form their own unique art piece inspired by the works within the Savannah African Art Museum's Terracotta Collection.
Please keep in mind that seats are limited so you must RSVP for this event. Should you RSVP and are unable to attend, please reach out to us so that we can assure that your seat is filled!
This workshop will be hosted outside in our courtyard/garden area weather pending.
This workshop will be limited occupancy so to secure your seat you must register through the Eventbrite link below.
Seats are limited and we ask that if you do register that you please arrive on time for the workshop so that the space can be utilized.
Masks and Social Distancing will be Required
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Meet our Facilitator!
SAAM Docent | Local Artist
Christina Davis is a Savannah based artist who works mainly in clay. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. While in college she spent most of her time at the ceramics studio learning wheel throwing and sculpting techniques.
Christina creates both functional wares and sculptures with a variety of clays including stoneware and porcelain. Her work draws inspiration from nature in both form and decorative elements. She enjoys the challenge of creating functional ware based on found natural objects such as acorns or flowers and reproducing the intricate details of figures in sculpture.
Beyond the obvious personal connection to ceramics, Christina particularly enjoys SAAM’s terracotta collection because patterns, whether carved into clay or onto bodies, are not merely decoration for the peoples
Facilitator and local artist, Christina Davis
of Africa. Scarification is a sign of status, a visual representation of the wearer’s identity in society. Similarly, the patterns seen on terracotta can also convey the message of belonging to a particular group.
Currently Christina is working on sculpting the human figure and establishing a pottery studio. She looks forward to continuing her observational craft and sharing the techniques she learns with others.