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In this workshop with past Resident Artist, Melissa Mytty, you discover how she creates forms through pinching, slabbing and coiling techniques. She demonstrates forms ranging from small scale sculpture reminiscent of puppy dogs to functional sippers, lunch plates and bowls with pinched feet. Melissa also covers the importance of surfacing the work by demonstrating several surfacing techniques with underglaze and glaze. You learn about the breath of Melissa’s work over the last 10 years as well as have chance to try out some of the techniques covered in this informative one-day workshop.
Melissa Mytty was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She received her BFA in ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2005 and her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2007. She then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio where she remained from 2007 through 2012. Mytty’s work focuses on the vessel format created by hand building techniques of pinching, coiling or slab building. She often injects elements into her work from her own interests that include food, travel, patterning, and fashion. At times her work is boisterous, colorful, heavily patterned and over the top and other works are quiet and contemplative. Mytty makes creative use of layers of glaze to add depth to her forms. Gold luster accents lend a touch of elegance. Each form is one of a kind hand made and uniquely glazed by creating variations on every design. Mytty has exhibited nationally and is currently living and working out of her studio in Collegeville, Pennsyvania.