Happy Spring! This month I am spotlighting Rachel Huckins
and her Ceramics and Garden Sculpture classes.
Rachel and her fiancé and soon to be husband, sculptor Joe Montroy, share a
studio here at Sanctuary Arts. It's wonderful to see the diligence of a hard
working artist couple. These two young folks have chosen difficult, but
creatively rewarding paths in life.
Ceramics from Rachel's student Emily Stone
Event- Ceramic Bowl Social with Rachel Huckins:
Thursday May 20th, 6
Come and enjoy yourself while learning 3 different
techniques on how to make bowls, by pinching, coiling, and using molds. Each
participant will be able to make 3 bowls and glaze them. Light refreshments
will be served.
The bowls can be picked up 2 weeks later after they have
been fired in the Sanctuary Arts kiln.
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Rachel was a UNH graduate with a BA in Studio Arts and a
concentration in Ceramics, learning to throw pots, studying with Marvin Sweet
and running the studio her senior year. Upon being accepted into the BFA
program at UNH, she was also accepted to graduate school at the School for
American Crafts at RIT, and chose to pursue that very intense training. There,
where she had access to huge kilns,
she built large scale, coil built abstract sculpture.
elective Intro to Clay classes, while studying with Richard Hirsch.
thrown into teaching and really liking it, got Rachel interested in
Since teaching at RIT, she has been teaching ceramics at NH Technical
in Concord, Art History at the Lakes Region Community College in
the Currier Museum, teaching ceramics to teens and adults.
Becoming by Rachel Huckins
While Rachel keeps up on wheel throwing, since those classes
are popular to take, her personal works are large abstract sculptures based on
beginning life cycles. These are natural forms just about to emerge before
coming to life, inspired by seeds, pods, and shells. She will be showing her
press molded, large scale manipulated multiples series this summer at Millbrook
Gallery in Concord.
Her Ceramic Garden Sculpture class offered this summer
focuses on hand building techniques and a special clay body to allow garden
pieces to survive the elements in our harsh climate. Students may make multiple
pieces to assemble in one large sculpture, and think about issues of placement,
possibly incorporating natural surroundings in their designs. Finishes
recommended are staining and iron oxides combined with silicone sealants to
protect the surface.
Rachel's Ceramics Open Studio classes are designed to be
flexible enough to help students achieve whatever they want to make. Wheel
throwing, slab, coil, hump molds, surface textures and glazing techniques- all
are taught in these ceramic classes.