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For a printable PDF file of all Joy's workshops, CLICK HERE
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Taught by Joy Holdread, Artists' Advocate, "Making Arizona Safe for Visual Artists."

Nominated for TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS 2005 and 2006

About Joy Holdread...

    Holdread began making clay objects in the 1960s and earned an Associate of Arts in the 70s. In addition to studio arts she has studied commercial art, art administration and art special ed. Her current focus is lizard, geological and fossil imagery using stoneware and porcelain clays incorporated into rock-like boxes, vases, wall tile, footed platters and jewelry. In 1987 she developed a business workshop for visual artists and currently teaches it a few times a year. In 1992 while working at a retirement community she developed the B+ workshop and currently offers it to the general public in Southern Arizona.  Holdread additionally and occasionally teaches other workshops focused on creative use or reuse of resources. Meanwhile she’s happiest working in her studio with a big dog, wild birds and local lizards for company.


Free Clay Recycling – Free clay recycling workshop

Clay Recycling and Clay Modification for clay artists,
teachers and hobbyists.
Make your clay the exact softness/hardness you need.
Modify for sculpture or paper clay needs. NO LUMPS, no heavy work. Tried and true.

Click here for details



That's Art Biz! – A business workshop for visual artists

Intensive, Comprehensive, Humorous.

That's Art Biz! is a one evening and two day intensive (17 hour) workshop addressing:
Goal setting, Time management, Decision-making, Graphic needs, Photo-documentation, Media releases, Resumes, Portfolio development, Presentation, Commissions, Project budgets, Contracts, Legal issues, Web sites, Copyrights, AZ State Consignment Laws, Time lines, Policy development, Professional growth, Marketing, Pricing, Overhead, Financial planning, maintaining Positive growth attitudes, and Evaluating it all.
$89. Workbook $14.95. Shipping in US, add $2.00.

Offered Fall 2008 at Pima Community Education (Activities Catalog):

AR030 - That's Art Biz    Fri/Sat/Sun  9/26-9/28, 2008  3 Days  $119   CRN # 71498
               Booklet and materials fee:  $12.75
               Fri: 7-9:30pm; Sat/Sun: 9am-4:30pm with half-hour break for lunch
               Location:  PCC Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.

"As an artist I'm concerned about every artist's survival; the more information we share, the greater our success. I've taught this workshop since 1988 – every new session offers me the opportunity to update and streamline my information and business procedures. Consignment laws are important. Arizona's existing laws protect artists but they aren't well known or enforced. I often encounter galleries or craft shops that are ignorant of the state consignment laws or choose to ignore them. I want to educate every artist and encourage all of us to require galleries to honor these consignment laws."   (Click link to Artist Legal Issues)

Workbook, printouts, reference and sources $15.
This workshop uses mostly reclaimed materials.

Holdread (520) 628-8180 ........ E-mail mudnjoy@aol.com

SELECTED STUDENT REMARKS...

"Excellent, intense. Highly informative, enjoyable class."
"Instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful."
"Well documented and updated to be current."
"Inspiring, informative and a RIOT."


B+ :Be Positive! – 2 hrs.

Why be a positive thinker? Positive thinkers enjoy better health, higher energy levels, cooperation and clarity. Do you enjoy being around positive people? Develop the skills, practice new habits and become one yourself with this fun interactive two-hour workshop. Learn to recognize and sidestep negative patterns while practicing new healthy positive attitudes.

Joy L. Holdread, rational, effective human being, clay artist, painter, writer, positive thinker, and zestful life participant. This workshop uses mostly reclaimed materials.


Mug Mania – 6 hours

We all need small gifts several times a year; thinking of you, just-because, birthdays, anniversaries,
thank you gifts – and people value hand crafted gifts. Let’s collaborate with mugs you personalize!
I’ll throw mugs of high quality stoneware clay on my potter’s wheel and trim them. You arrive while the clay mug is workable and either carve or add designs with more clay. When you’ve finished adding your special touch I’ll pull and attach a handle. We both sign the bottom of the mug. You have professionally made mugs – by an older-than-dirt Tucson Clay Artist – that you’ve personalized! Workshops include other fascinating, enjoyable people. I personally invite only people I enjoy – and I enjoy watching my varied friends and contacts interact. 

Do you prefer private sessions for those meditative creative moods? Add $5. per hour. 
This workshop uses reclaimed materials


Alternative Happy Hour – 2 hours

A creative ALTERNATIVE HAPPY HOUR.
Relax at weeks end and explore your creativity in a quiet peaceful space.
Open ended, no starting or ending dates, each session complete in itself.

No artistic experience needed.

Quiet spaces for meditative projects

Social space to visit and unwind

Hand-building demonstration at 6 pm

Personal instruction available

This workshop uses reclaimed materials


Low Tech Clay Recycling and Customizing– 2 hours

Got Rocks or Mountains of Dried Clay?  Don't want to invest in a pug mill? Joy Holdread developed a simple low-tech, low energy method of recycling clay. Finish with clay at the exact softness you want.
No lumps, even porcelain surrenders to this process. The tools and equipment are simple and inexpensive to make .  WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER!

I’ve developed/adapted methods to reclaim clay from every stage of dryness, using simple tools easily found in most clay studios. For each stage there are at least two methods...

“QUICK,” the method that is more labor intensive but provides workable clay fast, and...
“LOW LABOR,” the slower method, streamlined to produce clay with less work and back strain.

$15 Workshop fee includes 2 page typed handout describing both the low-stress, back-friendly method and the quick I-want-it-now, methods. Optional potluck, networking session follows. Can’t attend the workshop? (The 2-page typed handout alone is available for $4, see below).
Send check and SASE to: Holdread Studio Studio, 2627 N. Geronimo Ave.  Tucson, AZ 85705

By popular demand I've developed Low Tech Clay Recycling Notes.
Based on the workshop, the major focus is taking clay from rock hard to wedgeable
with minimal labor, simple equipment and NO LUMPS.
Send $4.00 (US) and a SASE (only one 41-cent stamp needed).
Mail to:
Holdread Studio
2627 N. Geronimo Ave.
Tucson, AZ. 85705 USA
Out of the US please include postage info required.
URL: holdreadart.com
E-mail: Mudnjoy@aol.com



“Tools from Trash”
– 3 hours

Making your own pottery tools and equipment – for clay artists as well as teachers  

Any clay artist can make tools from household and found objects, and build studio equipment and shelving from salvaged materials. I believe creative resourceful tool making and problem solving is an essential part of the creative process. You can, of course buy these tools but that’s expensive. Your objective is to be resourceful, find and/or make as many as possible. We will all be richer for the experience and you’ll have an assortment of tools to keep.

One of the difficulties teachers face is having enough basic tools for 30 students to use at the same time.
Joy L. Holdread developed a workshop for teachers and/or children that demonstrates and explains how to make several of the tools pottery student’s use. Not only are many of these tools scaled to fit smaller hands, but making their own tools encourages and develops resourceful thinking, self-reliance and problem solving skills. Additionally Holdread developed a list of resources for free or nearly free tools and equipment. Making use of easily available materials is not only an exercise in Resourceful Problem Solving – it’s a “green” solution.

Workshop basic price in Tucson, $75. Pima County $95.
Includes several sample materials, and hands-on time with clay. Allow 3 hours for workshop.

By popular demand I've developed "Tools from Trash" notes
and illustrations based on the workshop.
Send $6.50 American and a SASE (only one 41 cent stamp needed) to
Holdread Studio
2627 N. Geronimo Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705 USA
Out of the US please include postage info required.
URL: holdreadart.com
E-mail: Mudnjoy@aol.com


Coping With Tiny Studio Spaces – 1.5 hours

Coping with and using every square inch of a tiny studio spaces.  
Holdread is famous for making every square inch of her tiny studio work efficiently.
Take a tour, get inspired.



Promoting Yourself Using Reclaimed Materials
    2 hours

Display equipment and graphic promotional items are easily made with old posters, flyers, paint and wire. Think creatively. Focus on reclaimed materials.

Promoting Yourself with Simple Graphics     2 hours

Mount and print your own show labels and product information, develop your artist’s and series statement. Focus on reclaimed paper.

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