“Fooling Around with Clay”: Jamie Fine at Morrison House

In recent years, locals have praised “Morrison House Presents,” a free discussion series that spotlights artists, authors, historians, and other cultural figures who have keen insights to share with Alexandrians. The monthly salon, held at the elegant Morrison House Hotel on Alfred Street, is always engaging and fun—and on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Torpedo Factory sculptor Jamie Fine will reshape the event in ways well suited to the occasion.

“After all, it’s April Fool’s Day,” Fine says as she prepares for “Fooling Around with Clay,” which offers her an opportunity to reflect on and discuss sculptural techniques with artists, art lovers, and the curious public.

Enamored of clay since her high school days, Fine studied with renowned modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth at the University of Chicago, and she has since gone on to create vessels, sculpture, and large installations, often on themes that echo aspects of the natural world.

Although Fine’s work is as intricate as the natural structures and forms that inspire it, her style also embodies a sense of lightness and beauty that makes it well suited for a day devoted to serious fun.

“I’ll share my unique hand-building techniques,” the artist says, “and perhaps the audience will ‘fool’ around with clay, too.”

Come to “Fooling Around with Clay” at the Morrison House Hotel at 116 South Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 6 to 8. p.m. For a list of all Morrison House lectures, held on the first Tuesday of every month, check out the Torpedo Factory website.

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