Rebecca Hutchinson (Quarantine Learning Report)

I spent the weekend taking a participatory Zoom workshop with ceramicist, educator, and installation artist Rebecca Hutchinson.

I had not seen Rebecca’s work before, but have been taking lots of classes the past year through the ceramics program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard. If Kathy King, who is the Director of Education of the program and wonderful ceramicist and educator herself, has an artist I have not heard of, I trust her judgment. Kathy is always right. She runs an incredible program.

This workshop was over the top spectacular. Rebecca was generous with her information, readily answered questions, and even individually consulted with us about our own work. I will head into my own studio this week rethinking my practice.

Rebecca Hutchinson, Double Bloom
Fired and unfired porcelain paper clay, handmade paper, organic material 6’3” x 22” – 11” x 24”
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The weekend started off with us making our own paper clay, and then learning multiple methods of construction. Rebecca did demonstrations, showed videos of her process, and shared images of her wonderful installations. She even taught us how to weave! The workshop started at 7 a.m. both days (PST) which was well worth the early weekend wake up. The workshop flew by.

My homework prep before the class. Luckily there is no longer a toilet paper shortage. I was using terracotta clay.

After the first day of the workshop I spent a bunch of time looking at Rebecca’s work on line. Take a look at her website to see images of her site projects, wall and floor works, along with drawings and prints.

Along with being a professor at UMass Dartmouth, Rebecca has taught, and shown her work in museums, worldwide. She is represented by Duane Reed Gallery.

Currently on view at the Danforth Art Museum is Rebecca Hutchinson: Midnight Blooms. There is a Zoom closing party on February 28th that you can register for. As a new member of her fan club, I’ve of course already registered. I cannot believe I had not seen her work before now. Rebecca shared images with us from the show, and I’m eager to see a virtual tour. See you there?

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