The Gumbo Clayfest of The Art Studio, Inc. brings renowned artists to Beaumont for a three -day public workshop

The Gumbo Clayfest of The Art Studio, Inc. is back after an interruption of almost two years. The three -day workshop started on Wednesday when five clay artists renowned from across the country joined the director Greg Busceme in the studio, each creating pieces in their own style.

In the middle of the afternoon, Busceme already installed the oven to start cooking its first parts.

A meeting with the artists and a Gombo dinner also took place on Wednesday evening.

The event continues until Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to come and observe artists at work and to discover their individual techniques and their creation processes, with the possibility of trying to create with clay.

Among star artists – most of whom are teachers – are Stephen Wolochowicz from Utah, Patsy Cox from Los Angeles, Danielle Weigandt from North Dakota, Steven Erickson from New York and Gary “Greeny” Greenberg de Pennsylvanie.

Stephanie David, art teacher at the West Orange-Stark high school, was pleased to know more about the process, arriving on Wednesday afternoon to watch artists at work.

“I will teach the clay this year to my students. So I want to know more,” she said.

Weigandt spoke with David about his process, which uses paper clay – clay in which paper fibers are mixed – and implies the creation of trellis parts using a compressible condiment bottle And tiny cubes formed by hand with black clay which are part of the installed installation parts.

She often invites friends and acquaintances to help make the tiny cubes because thousands are necessary for her facilities. These interactions are also part of the process, and Weigandt documents them with photographs of their aids with their cubes.

David is now part of this group, because Weigandt offered him a small piece of clay and instructions on how to press it between his fingers to form the appropriate shape. In less than an hour, David had joined Weigandt at his work table and a small bunch of tiny cubes pushed in front of her.

It is an experience that she will be able to transmit to her own students this fall.

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