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Joe Rock Edwards

Contact: Joe Edwards
Phone: 704-847-8341
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Discipline: Visual Arts
Description of Work: Joe Rock Edwards, professional production sculptor, uses innovative hand building clay sculpture techniques and tools to teach students how to create works of art in clay.
Number of Members: 1
Travel Member Size: 1-2
Artist / Group Information: Professional sculptor, Joe Rock Edwards, taught art and drama in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system for 15 years before starting Whiterock Studio where he and his staff of artists designed, manufactured, and sold original sculpture internationally for 12 years. He now focuses on commissions for private collections and exhibits his work at art galleries and art shows. He has taught classes/workshops for the last two decades all over the state to garden clubs, art leagues, gallery patrons, teacher renewal workshops, and public/private/parochial school classes. Currently, Joe is the host and producer of the Claywright Workshop, an educational television program produced and shown through TVAccess21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Using Joe’s techniques, students can create professional quality sculptures in one class period. Projects can be aesthetic or utilitarian. Depending on the age and interest of your students, projects can include the following: Sun faces, fish, frogs, rabbits, pigs, cats, horses, figures, seasonal sculptures, and hand-built pots. Notes: 30-minute videos/DVDs produced by Joe on the Claywright Workshop are available for the topics listed above.
Artist Education / Training Background: Joe Rock Edwards has a BA in Art Education from East Carolina University and is a North Carolina State Certified Art Teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. He has worked with children and adults with a variety of learning styles. He has developed teaching techniques that ensure the student will complete works of art they will be proud of even without the benefit of previous artistic study. Demonstrating for classes as well as designing sculptures that can be reproduced by other artists means Joe can design a project for your classes that will align with topics and objectives you are doing with your students. Joe can capture the attention and mesmerize a class of students with his many anecdotes and board illustrations. Joe creates sculptures for the classroom to use as examples and has many videos that can be used either before or after residencies/workshops to enhance the presentation.

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