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SCCA Residency: Flower Mold Workshop

SCCA Residency: Flower Mold Workshop

$10 Admission fee

Join us for SCCA’s first residency artist, Elaine Quave, and learn the basics of press mold making. 

Participants will work from native flowers to create a flower mold. From the model we will create simple plaster cast press molds from which we can create multiple flowers. Basic forming and carving techniques will be covered as well as simple plaster casting techniques.  The press molds created in the workshop will be utilized during the following week by our visiting artist Elaine Quave and workshop volunteers to create a field of native clay flowers. An exhibit reception of these flowers will be held the following weekend for a community created art installation.

No clay experience is necessary. 
Workshop held: July 28 1p-4p
Workshop Exhibit Opening Sat August 4 6p-9p 
Exhibit dates Aug 4th - 17th


Elaine is a master mold maker and she uses her talent to form fantastic ceramic sculptures. Her skill with molds and eye for design and detail is unparalleled. SCCA is proud and blessed to have her share her skill and knowledge with the Chattanooga Community.

“Artist Statement
In my work I subjectively consider human physiology and psychology while objectively analyzing our connection/relationship to the natural world.

The human lens through which we experience the world is an inescapable circumstance. It compels one to see the world in relation to the self. Though our bodies are animal in nature, we perceive our minds as not, resulting in an irresolvable conflict that epitomizes the human condition. Scientific inquiry of our physical substance shows we don’t completely understand the human body. New research on microbes found in the human body reveals that humanity depends on a rich biodiversity of other living organisms.   

We are currently living in a geological age referred to as the anthropocene. In this new age humans are potentially having more effect on the earth than ever before, relative to natural forces.  Biodiversity is crashing at an alarming rate and we are left to figure out which species are important to preserve. We are gardening the wilderness, deciding how much to leave, where to leave it, and for what reason.

The work I make is a memento mori – a reminder of mortality - yet it serves as an expression of universal connectivity.  In my art I want to lead the viewer to a place where the reflection of self can have a terrifying beauty and an ethereal sensation, a place where the familiar becomes unfamiliar, a place where we ponder the beauty of the world around us and recognize our inseparable connection to it." -Elaine

Earlier Event: July 15
Kids Clay Camp
Later Event: September 11
Kids Clay Workshop with Nicole