Workshops & Events

2019 Workshops in Bell Buckle         

         …new offerings & classic favorites!



There has been so much immediate interest in this workshop that I am offering another session!  Same class; different !

Instructor: Sherri Warner Hunter
Dates:  June 10 – 14, June 15 (optional) 1 space open
August 19 – 23, August 24 (optional)4 spaces open

Workshop Fee:  $850
Materials Fee:  $320 (+optional installation system TBA)
Limit:  6
Time:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (optional)

Master sculptor, Sherri Warner Hunter will share her expertise, providing you with everything you need to create a unique chair with all the considerations needed for a durable piece of public art.

This intensive workshop will include the following:

  • Designing for ergonomic comfort and elegance of line.
  • Creating maquettes for presentation.
  • Using working drawings as a valuable construction tool.
  • High quality materials and professional grade tools.
  • Foam carving methods and techniques.
  • Armatures and installation systems.
  • GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) systems and application.
  • Mosaic for 3 dimensional forms.

Each participant will fabricate their own chair, consisting of a carved foam core, optional metal installation system, covered in multiple layers of AR fiberglass mesh/scrim, and concrete. This class is intended for those who have had some foam carving experience and the intention of creating large scale sculptural pieces.  Participants are encouraged to consider the ‘creative partner’ option with registration as well as how to transport the finished chair home.

Creative Partner option is for an additional person to assist on the primary registrant’s project.  They assist rather than create their own project.

Creative Partner Option for Build a Chair:  $125

This  options provides an additional copy of the handouts, and all lunches and snacks provided to workshop participants.

INTRO TO GARDEN ART CONSTRUCTIONS:  Let’s make a Birdbath!    studnent cleaning embedded design    Instructor: Sherri Hunter
Dates: June 28 – 30
Workshop Fee: $325
Materials Fee: $45
Limit: 8
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM,                    Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Building a birdbath is a great way to learn the basics of  working with concrete and garden art construction!  You will learn how to sand cast bowls, build simple armatures, and how to choose and manipulate exterior grade mosaic materials.  The end results in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind birdbath that you’ll be delighted to showcase in your garden!

This project is great for individuals or to collaborate on with a creative partner.  Add $50 for a creative partner.

NOTE:  Birdbath should set-up over night for transporting safely.


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CERAMIC MOSAICS 101                                                                                  Instructor: Sherri Hunter 
Dates: July 5 – 7
Workshop Fee: $300
Materials Fee: $45*
Limit: 8
Time: Friday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM**
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This is a great workshop for beginners or those wanting to expand their skill working with clay based mosaic materials!  A wide range of ceramic tile, broken china (pique assiette), and glass accents will provide color and texture for your mosaic project.  You’ll learn how to successfully use your tile nippers, wheel cutters, and tile saw to create the tesserae (mosaic pieces) that bring your design to life.  All aspects of ceramic mosaic will be demonstrated, including tools, substrates, material selection and manipulation, and adhesives, with plenty of hands-on time to complete your project.  Grouting will be presented.  If you are ready, that can be done in class; if not, you will be sent home with supplies after watching the demonstration.

MORE CERAMIC MOSAIC!      SWH_American Bald Eagle at Fletcher Creek Park, TN                Instructor: Sherri Hunter 
Dates: July 8-10
Workshop Fee: $300
Materials Fee: $45*
Limit: 8
Time: Monday – Tuesday,    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM** 
Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

If you want more information than what is listed above or just more time to mosaic, then sign up for this workshop!  Build on your ceramic mosaic skills with the introduction of specialized tile saws and finishing techniques.  If you’ve been struggling with how to mosaic a 3D substrate, I will gladly help guide you to success.  Epoxy grouting will be demonstrated providing you with options on how your piece will be finished and displayed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR BOTH MOSAIC CLASSES:                                                 *  This fee covers materials for the basic project:  a ceramic mosaic on Wedi Board, up to 15″ x 15″, with hanging supplies.  This can be adapted as a hanging piece of art, mirror frame, small table top.  Some basic D forms will be available for an additional charge.

**  These are instructional hours.  Participants may work on their own in the studio until 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday/Monday & Tuesday.

NOTE:  If you take both Mosaic workshops, you can deduct $50 from you combined registration fee.


Visiting Artist: Donald Tucker  
Dates: July 17 – 21 , 2019
Workshop Fee: $725
Materials Fee: $75
Limit: 8
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Faux Bois, or ‘false wood’, is an old and nearly lost art form in which three dimensional sculptural representations of wood or wooden objects are created employing a steel and stucco lath armature which is then coated with cement-based media.  Sculpting and tooling of the final cement layers creates the illusion of wood grain and bark textures.  The level of details possible is determined by the formulation of the final finish layer.  Two very different media are addressed in the two different classes.  This workshop is more consistent with the more commonly recognized school of French Faux Bois.  The  more detailed mix and process associated with El Trabajo Rustico, relates to the type of work made famous by Dionicio Rodriguez, will be addressed in the ‘Advanced’ class.

The five-day ‘Introduction’ course will provide the basic skills, techniques, and information necessary for the creation of forms both decorative and functional.  This class includes design and engineering (building an armature!), formulating, mixing, applying and sculptings.  Finishing options and coloring techniques will also be covered.

Each student will construct a project of their own design utilizing a fine sand mortar finish, which Tucker refers to as a ‘French Finish’.

ADVANCED FAUX BOIS  JMBenchFrontVisiting Artist: Donald Tucker  
Dates: July 22 – 24
Workshop Fee: $350
Materials Fee: $25
Limit: 12
Time: Monday – Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This intensive three-day ‘Advance Sculpting’ class deals only with the use of the unique neat Portland past finish formulation that distinguishes the moe highly detailed works associated with El Trabajo Rustico. This mixture is very demanding and even considered “impossible” to employ by many experts, but when mastered, can yield a level of detail comparable to most sculpting clays.  Mix design and advanced sculpting techniques will be demonstrated and developed as participants create a series of studies to retain as reference material.  Finishing options and coloring techniques will also be covered.

Since none of the basic constructions are covered during this class, students should possess a fundamental familiarity with armature development and sculpting, as well as a working knowledge of basic cement formulation and mixing to get the most from this course.

These skills can be learned by taking the Introduction to Faux Bois workshop.

NOTE:  There is a $100 discount if you sign up for both the Introduction and Advance Faux Bois Workshops!


CONCRETE CAMP: Hybrid Armatures – Combining Metal and Foam


Instructor:  Sherri Hunter 
Dates: August 7 – 11
Workshop Fee: $700
Materials Fee: $65
Limit: 8
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  

Create a different kind of armature by combing carved foam with the addition of metal elements for detail or support.  This has often been a small part of other workshops but this time, it’s going to be the focus.  By combining the properties of both materials, you open up the possibilities of form development. 

This workshop covers many of the issues involved with making your  sculptural ideas a reality.  We will work on a design and maquette process to enable you to ‘see’ your idea before embarking on the actual piece and will guide you with selecting the best construction process and materials for your sculpture.  Welding will be discussed however the emphasis will be on creating non-welded structures.

The intention is that you will spend a good portion of the workshop designing ;and constructing a complex armature for your next concrete adventure.  Concrete systems and applications methods will be demonstrated and utilized including GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete), ready mixes, as well as a variety of foam carving techniques. 

NOTE:  This workshop is open to all levels but will be more satisfying you you have already taken one of Hunter’s Concrete Forms workshops or have had other related experience.

Instructor: Sherri Warner Hunter
August 19 – 23, August 24 (optional)4 spaces open
Workshop Fee:  $850
Materials Fee:  $320 (+optional installation system TBA)
Limit:  6
Time:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (optional)

See description under June workshops.

  Covering the chair with the second layer of heavy mesh.

Other 2019 Events & Workshops!

 The Society of America Mosaic (SAMA)

Conference is coming to NASHVILLE!!


Visit SAMA’s website:

– Become a member

–  Register for the conference

– Make a donation to support their educational programing


Watch for more listings to come as details get confirmed! 

Updated 01/12/19     


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