Finding Your Voice Mentorship Program

Virtual Ceramic Mentorship Program with Naomi Clement


Naomi Clement MentorshipApplications Now Closed.
Email naomi@naomiclement.com to be notified of the next session.
Program Length: January 30, 2021 – April 3, 2021
Includes: 4 group sessions of approximately 3.5 hrs each, and two personal sessions with Naomi of approximately 30-45 min each
Class Size: 8 Students max.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advance
Time Commitment:  Participants are expected to attend all sessions, and dedicate a minimum of 5 additional hours per week to their own studio practice and creativity.
Type of Work:  This program welcomes ceramic artists who make any type of work across the full spectrum, from functional, to sculptural.
Application Deadline: January 12, 2021

Program Fee: $495 USD

This virtual mentorship program is for ceramic artists who are looking to develop and push their work in new directions. This mentorship program aims to provide artists with critical discussion and observation skills, as well as concrete ways to develop their artistic voice. Focus will be on idea and content development, rather than technical skills. The group will be kept small (a maximum of 8 participants) so that members feel comfortable sharing their work and their ideas. One of the goals with this group is to create a sense of community and open dialogue with participants. Participating artists will be given regular assignments (written and creative) to suit their individual needs and goals.

Participants must be prepared to come with an open mind, a wish to be part of a group of like-minded makers, a willingness to learn and share, and above all, a desire to make better work. Trust and vulnerability are an inherent and integral part of all artmaking, and will be a big part of the success of this program.

 

Who this is for 

  • Artists who have been working in clay for several years (a minimum of 2-3), who have competent skills with the material, and who have ready access to a ceramic studio and kiln.
  • Artists who are actively looking to explore a new direction with their work, and/or delve deeper into their work conceptually.
  • Artists who are eager for critical feedback on their current work, and who want to discuss their ideas and methods with a community of like-minded makers.
  • Artists who are willing and eager to participate in open group critiques and dialogue about contemporary ceramics.
  • Artists who are willing to commit dedicated time to pursuing their studio work and class exercises for the duration of the program, and who will agree to work a minimum of 5 hours per week in their studio.


Note  This program is not for people who are looking for technical advice and skill building, as classes are not demonstration based.

 

What The Program Includes

  • 4 group meetings, including critiques, and topical discussions. Each group meeting will be approximately 3.5 hours long, with a 15-20 min break in the middle.
  • 2 one-on-one meetings (approximately 30-45 min each) with Naomi to discuss your personal goals and work.

 Topics Covered Include (but are not limited to)

  • Establishing goals for your work and for yourself
  • Different ways to help you hone in on your artistic voice and vision
  • Strategies for critiquing your own work
  • Writing artist statements
  • What are your influences as an artist and how do you feed your artistic “well”

Dates

Selected participants must be able to commit to attending all group sessions, which will be held virtually over zoom on the following dates:

  • Sat, Jan 30, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST 
  • Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
  • Sat, March 13, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
  • Sat, April 3, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST 

Note that no make-up classes for group sessions will be possible.

Individual sessions will take place during January 23 – 30 and April 3 - 10

 

To Apply

1. Prepare a single PDF that includes: 

  • 10 images of your current work and corresponding image list with dates, dimensions, and materials
  • Statement of Intent about your background in clay, why you want to take this program, and what specific goals you have for it. Maximum of 500 words.
  • Artist Statement
  • Current CV

2. Fill out the application form below with attached PDF document. 

Application Deadline: January 12, 2021


Class Policy

This program aims to be a safe and welcoming space to artists of all backgrounds, persuasions, and creative interests. As such, there will be a zero-tolerance policy towards any participant who displays bullying, non-inclusive, or racist language or behavior, or who in any way disrespects or threatens the work of this program, its participants, and/or its instructor. Any participant deemed by the instructor to be in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the program immediately. No refunds will be given.