This symposium focuses on women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture and the many points of view that might come with that distinction. There will be an emphasis on the creative process from every level- from inspiration and ideas to the actual making and finishing, while at the same time examining the particular aspects and point of view that may be unique to women working in the material. This year's symposium will also branch out to encompass how we write about objects and object making. There will be an opportunity to explore writing as it pertains to the creative process of visual artists. The keynote address and short writing workshops will connect the ideas of how we observe and write about objects that we use or create, as well as reflective writing about studio work and related topics. Included in the symposium are demonstrations of hand building and wheel throwing and altering, as well as surface treatments and glazing techniques. There will be various methods shown for creating figurative sculpture. There will also be lectures, slide presentations, writing workshops, exhibitions, social gatherings, and a chance for attendees to share ideas and images of their work. June 11-14. For cost and more information, call 540-362-6021.