Clay Sculpting with Kristine & Colin
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • 16 hours over 4 days

Clay Sculpting with Kristine & Colin

Immerse in the natural beauty, art, and culture of Santa Fe as you explore the unlimited expressive possibilities of sculpting in water-based clay with sculptors Kristine and Colin. Learn the entire process of making a hand-built sculpture, from concept through creation, letting your imagination roam as your hands experience the tactile delight of this most versatile material in "the land of enchantment"
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea, Lunch


One Guest
USD $1915
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $1020

Meet the Artist

Kristine and Colin create artworks in clay, bronze, and oil painting that highlight the beauty of the human form. From the miniature to the monumental, their fired clay and bronze figurative sculptures often integrate text and motifs to invite conversation and story-telling.

Colin’s early artistic inclinations were nurtured by his grandmother, renowned sculptor Una Hanbury, who set aside a corner of her studio for him. Later, Una introduced Colin to an old Greek icon painter, Chrisotomos Chakos, who regaled him with tales of the Greek myths while they sculpted together. The impact of these two early influences can still be seen in his work today.

Kristine followed in the footsteps of her Great Uncle, sculptor Uno John Palokangas, and knew that this will be her life’s work the day she set foot in a clay studio. In their early years, Kristine and Colin apprenticed with numerous master artists, including metal sculpture, bronze sculpture, pottery, printmaking, and glass blowing. They worked in bronze casting foundries and are experienced in all parts of the casting process. Many years down the road, these partners in life and art, have created public monuments, museum installations, and commission work for institutions around the country.

Their traditional adobe home and studio, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Santa Fe, suits their “all art, all the time” sensibilities. As Kristine says “Creatives are some of the most powerful people in the universe. We design the world around us that we all exist within.” Surrounded by their menagerie of birds and beasts, you’ll experience the enthusiasm of their art and develop your creative nature.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Explore the unlimited expressive possibilities of sculpting in water-based clay.
  • Learn the entire process of making a hand-built sculpture, from concept through creation.
  • Experiment with sculpting a human, animal or creature portrait bust, bas-relief or gestural expressive sketches.
  • Design, refine sculpture idea and approach through clay sketching exercises.
  • Learn various sculpting techniques to bring your idea to life.
  • Intermediate level: Get detailed instruction on sculpting and refining anatomical details with an option to sculpt a small scale, full figure, human or animal. Previous clay experience is helpful.
  • Advanced level: Learn to sculpt a life-sized ''standing" figure from hips up or sculpt a hollow-built, 50% - 75% scale seated or kneeling full figure. Previous clay experience and extended VAWAA duration of 10 days is required.
  • Use of tools and materials to complete your sculpture.
  • Firing of completed sculpture will be done post-VAWAA and can be shipped to your home for an additional fee. There is also an option to add a basic sculptural finish after firing for an additional fee.
  • If desired and time permits, you can visit select Santa Fe museums/galleries with Kristine and Colin, or go on outdoor walks for inspiration.
  • Other activities nearby that you can do on your own in free time include a visit to Meow Wolf, local glass blowing studio, relaxing massage and private outdoor hot tub at local Japanese Health Spa, or a visit to Bandelier National Monument or T’sankawi to see prehistoric cave dwellings and petroglyphs. 

Explore Santa Fe, New Mexico

Known for its spectacular vistas, stunning skyscapes and singular architecture, Santa Fe, affectionately called “The City Different,” features old-world charm at its finest and is home to a surprisingly diverse array of art, culture and activities. Its three arts districts host hundreds of galleries showcasing traditional and contemporary painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles and more. In 2005, Santa Fe became the first US city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, one of only nine cities in the world to hold this designation.

Santa Fe has a small town atmosphere and an international reputation for artistic and architectural sophistication. Summertime is full of community cultural activities that attract over one million visitors annually including: the Santa Fe Opera, the Chamber Music Festival, Summer Outdoor Music Festivals, Indian Market, Spanish Market and Folk Art Market.

For the outdoors-inclined, the Sangre de Cristo mountains and surrounding ranges offer a plethora of hiking, biking and camping opportunities.

The fall brings golden Aspen trees on the mountains, warm days and cool nights. Winter enthusiasts delight in the Santa Fe Ski Area, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Christmas in Santa Fe, with the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk on Canyon Road, is nothing short of magical. Even with the colder weather and snow, Santa Fe has 325 sunny days a year on average, so you’ll still be able to escape those winter blues.

Being immersed in all the natural beauty, art and culture available in Santa Fe, inspiration abounds and will be a boon to your own creative adventure.

Additional Details

Santa Fe is always beautiful with an abundance of activities to enjoy. Late spring and fall are a bit cooler and less crowded in town. Summer features the most activities and events, as well as the most visitors. If your VAWAA coincides with Indian Market, Spanish Market, Folk Art Market in Santa Fe or the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, we recommend making lodging reservations well in advance.

This session can be extended for up to 10 days.

Children below age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Studio can be accessed by wheelchair, but restroom access requires going up one step and is not ADA compliant (no hand rails). Please let us know in advance if you have special requirements.
Kristine & Colin's Availability 4 days