GAYA CERAMIC ARTS CENTER presents
SCULPTING LIKE A BUDDHA:
Techniques and thoughts on creating large-scale figurative clay works
with Naidee Changmoh
Join internationally renowned Thai artist, Naidee Changmoh, as he offers two weeks of meditative focus on the technical and conceptual approach to figurative sculpting at a grand scale. Participants will learn to masterfully utilize a simple pinching technique, beginning smaller scale and working up to a seated or standing figure of up to 150cm, all the while contemplating the personality and emotive potential to be drawn forth in their sculpture. Finding inspiration in the purity and joy of children, and in the Buddhism that he practices, Naidee’s own massive-scaled works maintain a softness and expression that belie their stature, but certainly underline the artist’s own nature and sensibilities.
“For many years I’ve been working in a kindergarten. My artworks were inspired by the kids-their pureness, cuteness, full with happiness-their beautiful energy influences me to create my work. I keep doing my work in relation to Buddhism to keep my mind not too far from peace. I use cartoon forms to create my positive thinking out of the artwork.” NC
DAY-BY-DAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
27 March: Sunday evening Welcome Dinner MOKSA Restaurant
28 March: Monday Beginning Meditation GCAC
Morning: an introduction to Gaya Ceramic Arts Center studio—facilities, staff, tools and clay. Followed by Naidee’s first detailed discussion and demonstration on technique in approaching large ceramic sculpture, and a brainstorming on paper.
Each participant will begin with a sketch of their intended first sculptural idea.
(Possibly, sketches will transform into miniature 3-D maquettes in clay as well.)
Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine
Afternoon: digging into clay and launching our first medium-scaled seated figurative work. (Aiming at finished height of between 60cm-100cm.)
29 March: Tuesday Sitting Action GCAC
Working at a steady and efficient pace—these first figures are as much about gaining familiarity and control of the pinching-paddling method of building as they are about creating a finished piece. Participants continue working on seated figure, while thinking toward a standing version.
30 March: Wednesday Standing Action GCAC
31 March: Thursday Keep On Standing Batubulan / GCAC
Morning Excursion: an inspiring visit to the effortlessly skilled Balinese stone carvers who specialize sculpting various figurative forms in parras, sandstone, and volcanic lime stone.
Lunch: Rice-field overlook café near Batubulan
Afternoon: Discussion/demonstration on facial features or any gesture or detail that really speaks to expression/emotion in the piece. Continue and conclude standing figure, then brainstorming ideas for a third figure of your own determination.
1 April: Friday New Asana GCAC
2 April: Saturday The Final Skin GCAC
Concluding all 3 medium-scale works—specifically looking at choices surrounding final surface and final finish of the raw pieces.
Lunch: family style in Gaya CAC mezzanine
3 April: Sunday FREE DAY anywhere Bali
4 April: Monday EXCURSION Jimbaran
5 April: Tuesday Go Big or Go Home GCAC
9 April: Saturday Lessons from the Buddha GCAC
** Participants will have the option to have GCAC bisque fire (up to 1000C) their finished raw works when the works are sufficiently dry to fire without too much risk. This will necessarily be several weeks post-workshop. If the participant does decide to bisque fire, they will be responsible for either pick up or payment for shipping. (All shipping possibilities will be discussed early in the workshop). **
Artist Statement... Naidee Changmoh
When I was young I really love to see cartoon in the television and read cartoon book. It was another world and seemed really real for the kids. My favorite cartoons were “Doraemon” and “Ikkyu-san” Both of these cartoons are about creativity, moral, and virtue. Children will deep into the world and cartoon and absorb behavior of their hero to themselves. I think cartoon in my childhood affected to my way of thinking and my behavior when I grow up.
More than 90% of Thai population is Buddhist. I am also. Once when I was 12 years old, I had chance to be little monk. We learned to do meditation, and I got very wonderful experience that I will never forget. It made me believed deeply in the way of Buddhism.
From those experiences, it always appear in my art work. I created art work through many techniques, I work with ceramics, acrylic painting, Chinese ink painting, concrete sculptures, architecture. I used cartoon form to create my art works. The result of every material will came out the same feeling. Feeling of loveliness, happiness, peaceful. I love to create art works on the positive thinking way.