Thursday, October 3, 9:30am - 12:30pm
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ANCIENT BEAD CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
Brazee is thrilled to welcome Tom and Sage Holland to Brazee as keynote Visiting Artists for Brazee's first Ancient Bead Conference! Step back in time in this once-in-a-lifetime workshop to learn the ancient art of Faience Beads with Tom Holland.
Faience is one of the ancient worlds most beautiful forms of ceramics. The material is worked as a paste, it can be carved, molded and embedded with multiple colors, then fired where it becomes self glazed. The use of Faience was ubiquitous in Ancient China, Egypt and other parts of ancient civilizations for elegant or whimsical subjects as small sculptures, beads or other objects such as bowls or vessels. The medium had been forgotten, hardly ever used by contemporary artist.
Students will not be working on the torch in this workshop.
No experience necessary.
Tom Holland is considered one of the Pioneers of the contemporary glass bead making movement. He received his BFA in Ceramics with an emphasis on Sculpture at Northwest Mo. State University 1977. In the early 1980s Tom had careers as a potter,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark where he still lives today, In his teens Tom developed a love for all things Native American.He had a troupe leader that exposed him to the Material Culture of the American Plains Indians in the late 1700s and early 1800s just before and after Lewis and Clark. Tom was especially enamored with the beaded Indian regalia and sacred objects.The journey eventually led him all over the Nation studying and researching on the subject of old beads and ultimately their manufacture.
Tom Holland started actually making glass beads full time in 1989 after careers as a potter ,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark,
Tom and his wife "Sage" create works in glass that reflect their interest in pattern and symbol within smaller forms inspired by the history of glass and the natural surroundings they are rooted in.