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Taos Art School

Equine Clay Sculpture
Faculty: Karen Terpstra

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(Feel free to call for details)
Tuition: $630; Lab Fee: $30
Limited to 12 Participants

About our Faculty | See Article by Karen
Class Schedule | Lodging


Image: Karen Terpstra, Equine Clay Sculpture

About Our Class

The horse is a profoundly 3-dimensional creature whose beauty and nobility has inspired sculptors since early times. This weeklong workshop offers the sculptural experience to relative beginners who wish to express their love of horses as well as sufficient challenges for those with more experience.

Karen Terpstra has developed a simplified way of sculpting a horse head without the use of a complicated armature. We start by using fat coils, as well as rolling large slabs of clay, which we then assemble into a simplified horse's head, adding expression with nostrils and ears. As the clay dries to the leather hard stage, we gradually add more, ending with the mouth.

This method enables beginners to realize their dream of creating an equine sculpture, as well as encourages those more advanced in clay techniques to refine their expression. Part of the beauty of the finished sculptures comes from the Naturalistic matte glaze finish our teacher will arrange for us. A horse will be available to view, study, and pat during class time (bring carrots !) While our sculptures are being fired and glazed in a kiln, there is an opportunity to rent a horseback ride in the nearby mountains. This is a heavenly vacation for horse lovers and artists alike.


Please feel free to call us about this workshop.
We love to chat about our classes.


Class Schedule

Class Starts
9 AM
AM Class
AM Class
AM Class
AM Class
Equine Galleries

Meet-and-Greet 6 PM

PM Class
PM Class
PM Class
No Class
Ride/ Shop
No Class
PM noon
Kiln empty

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About Our Faculty

Image: Karen Terpstra, Equine Clay Sculpture



Karen Terpstra is an associate professor of ceramics at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Karen has presented 30 workshop / slide lectures since 1993 throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Ghana, Japan and Australia. She has exhibited extensively. Her Ceramic career has led to researching wood-firing in China, Ghana and Japan. She is also an avid horsewoman whose Appaloosa is a source of constant inspiration. It was a natural, then, for her to combine these two loves in her series of Equine Clay Sculptures. Some are life-sized assemblages, and others are the slab-built horse heads that you see here. Terpstra has had a dozen major articles written about her work in CERAMICS MONTHLY, CLAY TIMES, and THE STUDIO POTTER, available on our website (coming). She has exhibited in numerous National and International Invitational Exhibitions, including winning the Merit Award Prize for “Feats of Clay 8;” and Best in Show, Memorial Union Gallery, Iowa State University - 1993.


Students are lodged at the KACHINA LODGE in Taos.
(575) 758-2275 - http://kachinalodge.com/
Six nights including breakfast with your class participants.
These housing arrangements are paid to the hotel and should be arranged by the student.
Check-in Sunday, 7/12; Check-out Saturday, 7/18. There will be a meet-and-greet with your instructor Sunday at 6:00 PM.
Please let us know if you will be staying with us and whether you want a single or double room. (Doubles are contingent upon finding a roommate for you from within your class.)

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