Angelica Pozo’s book, Making & Installing Handmade Tiles was a top seller until it went out of print, so we just had to have her come present a workshop. 20 participants from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado & Arkansas were fortunate enough to get to spend two days learning all about tile construction and multiple decoration techniques.
Original Angelica Pozo Workshop Description
Join us for a fabulous handbuilding workshop with Angelica Pozo on June 7th & 8th 2008. The workshop will begin with a lecture and demonstration of basic tile techniques, then participants will get to try for themselves. Then Angelica will explain & discuss shrinkage calculations and instruct participants in making their own calculations. The morning will conclude with textured decoration demonstration and practice. After lunch, the day will continue with relief sculpture demonstration, lecture and participant experimentation followed by a slide presentation. On the second day, participants will put finishing touches on their relief sculptures. We will then move on to wetware decoration using velvet underglazes and white slip. Angelica will then discuss installation methods. After lunch the day will conclude with some bisque tile decoration and a slide presentation and discussion on public art.
Angelica Pozo Bio
Angelica Pozo, a New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984. She moved there from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. As a full time, self-employed artist, Angelica divides her time between her widely exhibited sculptural studio work, her major public art commissions, and artist residencies involving large ceramic tile/mosaic projects primarily in arts-in-education programs. 24 of these projects have been through the Ohio Arts Council, but she has done numerous residencies with other organizations, nationally, as well as internationally. She has been awarded an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, as well as an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Individual Artist Fellowship
For close to two decades my work has visually and thematically dealt with the natural world, landscape, plant forms, and the environment. It is through these themes that my work also speaks of femininity, sensuality and the development of my spiritual awareness.
As I ponder this statement, I realize that the essence of what my work conveys is a duality. The ability to harbor two very different, even opposing, elements or concepts at the same time. Whatever the work has dealt with thematically, I have always been working with the conflict that lies within balance.
This is also the essence of my life, my thoughts, my being. I have always felt this subtle tension within, a controlled sense of chaos, an agitated sense of composure.
Likewise, I have always striven to have my work dance along the ridge between differing worlds, to speak in various languages, making multiple statements.