JC03 Felting in Circles
with Pamela A. MacGregor
This unique felted vessel class will explore Pam’s nontraditional approach to the ancient tradition of felt making. In this class you will learn how to use a small air compressor to make your vessel as well as how to work with multiple resist, unusual recycled embellishments and oddly placed openings to bring your vessel to a new level. A short discussion will begin each day on interesting felting techniques as well as how to refine and finish a felted wool vessel Mandatory student supplies: Large sponge (ceramic tile sponges found at most hardware stores work very well), several towels, felting needles, disposable razors, Ball Brause or something to sprinkle water, felting soap, (2) two foot by two foot pieces of mosquito netting or recycled nylon curtain, sharp scissors, black permanent marker, pencil and paper for notes and sketches. Optional: Please feel free to bring anything that might enhance your vessel. Perhaps small bones, seed pods, shells, recycled objects or any type of fiber. We will be working in natural colors so if you have room you might want to bring a bit of your favorite color. Please keep in mind your vessel will only be 6-9 inches in diameter when finished.
About the instructor: Pamela A. MacGregor is a retired art teacher and award winning felt artist. She is living just outside of scenic Grand Rapids, Ohio on a small farm. Since her retirement, she has become impassioned with traditional wet felting. She finds traditional felting energizing in its versatility and the medium pushes her into constant and exciting engineering challenges. She has been teaching felting classes in her studio as well as classes throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.