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Ceramics show on

Show at Creative Arts Center will illustrate the variety possible with ceramics.

September 06, 2006|By Joyce Rudolph

Instructors at the Burbank Creative Arts Center are debunking the myth that "those who can't do, teach."

Ten ceramics teachers will display their works at an opening at the Creative Arts Center Gallery on Friday.

Longtime ceramic instructor Judy Springborn's love of sculpture began while she was enrolled as an art history major during the 1960s at UCLA.

"One of the requirements was to take a ceramics class, so I took a class and loved it," Springborn said.

After college, she got married and started raising a family. It wasn't until the 1980s when the Glendale resident returned to ceramics. She started taking classes at the Burbank Creative Arts Center and Glendale Community College, and workshops through ceramics groups.

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Her work has evolved into mostly sculpture, she said.

"For the last 15 years, I've done a series of totems designed for the garden," she said.

She takes PVC pipe and places in vertically in the ground, then covers it with clay.

"The clay is a combination of pieces thrown on a potter's wheel and hand-building slabs of clay that are formed into what I'm after," she said.

There are between five and eight independent pieces per sculpture, a couple for the body, a cross piece for the arms, one for the head and one for a hat, she said.

At first, she designed random pieces. But her fascination with people's expressions prompted her to experiment and she began sculpting whimsical faces into the pieces.

For the show, she will be displaying several totems, which she now places on stands, and sculptural wall plaques that are hand-built and painted with multiple glazes in varying colors, she said.

Joining her in the show is fellow ceramics instructor Michael Hirsh, of Burbank, who also returned to art after raising his family.

He took art classes in junior and senior high school and received a bachelor's in fine art and master's of fine art in college.

Hirsh created large sculptures in college, but his recent work is on a smaller scale because of the limited work and storage space available at the Creative Arts Center studio. He's building a home studio and hopes to get back to making larger sculptures when it's finished, he said.

All his work is porcelain and thrown on the wheel. But at the center, he's known for his creative glaze combinations, he said.

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