Appalachian Center for Craft

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Weekend - May 18-20, 2018
Bold Pots: Combining Slab and Thrown Pieces - $300
Shadow May
What happens when Japanese architecture meets Fred Flintstone ceramics? Bold, organic, fresh pots. Gain a new perspective and approach clay from a sculptural point of view. use a potter's wheel to create forms to alter and incorporate basic hand building and slab techniques to reveal a unique look in your work. Using minimal tools, throw slabs by hand and learn to fold, bend and encapsulate air within them. Create work with a primitive yet sophisticated look.
All skill levels

Shadow May is a self-taught, award-winning ceramic artist. May has received a Tanne Foundation Award, Tennessee Arts commission Artist Fellowship, and Make Work, ArtsMove and CERF grants. may teaches workshops nationally, has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and has exhibited in over 100 juried fine arts shows.

Weeklong - June 3-8, 2018
Form that Functions & Decoration that Connects - $500
Andrew Coombs
Learn to create pots that are inviting and rewarding to use. Use text as decoration to connect pots with their owners. Make a variety of functional forms in porcelain - mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers, and teapots - and consider how design influences the owner's experience. Explore techniques for using letters and text to decorate greenware with underglaze.
Andrew Coombs, currently Professor of Art at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL, began his ceramic career making pinch pots in his father’s pottery studio. He has an MFA in Ceramics from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught at University of South Carolina, Clay Art Center, and Peters Valley School of Craft.

Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
The Wildness Within - $1,000 (discounts are not available for this workshop)
Beth Cavener
Use an animal or human figure to gain understanding of the dynamic and subtle elements of gesture and form. Practice and develop a concept for a challenging piece. Fine tune both the technical and conceptual elements of the proposed projects. Be prepared to push yourself as you design and engineer an armature for building the piece solid. Tackle the specific challenges for each project.
Cavener, BA in sculpture from Haverford College and MFA from Ohio State University, is a full-time professional studio artist working in Montana. She has received the Artist Trust Fellowship, the Jean Griffith Foundation Fellowship, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has taught numerous workshops across the country. She is represented by Jason Jacques Gallery in New York.

Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
Pottery as Canvas - $300
Lydia Johnson
Explore different methods of decorating pottery. Begin by developing imagery and patterns. Use stenciling, mishima and sgraffito to apply that imagery to clay forms. Suitable for hand builders and wheel throwers. Beginning-advanced (basic clay experience required)
Lydia Johnson is currently an artist-in-residence and adjunct faculty at Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN.

Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Flocked and Wired: New Directions in Form and Surface in Clay - $550
Kristina Stafford
Explore space and surface through handbuilt sculptural and functional forms. Learn how to "flock" velvety textures and pattern onto glazed and unglazed clay. Play with the possibilities of nichrome wire in a variety of applications including wearable art, tabletop centerpieces, and three dimensional wall work. Get ready to take your work, skills, and inspiration to a new place.
Kristina Stafford received her MFA from RIT's School for American Crafts in ceramic sculpture. Stafford has been artist in residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester New York, Education Coordinator at the Columbia Museum of Art and teaches drawing and design at Polk State College. Kristina has shown pottery, sculpture and installation work across the United States.

Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
The Art of the Reliquary - $550
Novie Trump
Rel·i·quar·y: a container or shrine where relics or other precious objects are kept. Explore the use of personal imagery to create a series of reliquaries or shrines rich in individual expression. Investigate the addition of found objects, wood, wire, metal, and glass to the work. Etch glass panels with text and layer with fired laser decal images to provide visual interest. Utilize basic hand-building techniques along with mark making and carving to help develop surface and narrative. Produce weathered surfaces in oxidation firing using layered glazes, slips, stains, and oxides. Take home glazed test tiles and bisqued and unfired work.
Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media, light and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology, Novie's work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of numerous grants, fellowships and a Fulbright, she is also a curator, juror and educator.

Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Ceramic Glaze Calculation for the Beginner and Journeyman. - $300
Patrick Green
Explore the basic elements of developing and utilizing ceramic glazes. Create a series of glazes and test tiles while gaining an understanding of how to test, experiment, develop, and produce glazes unique to your work.
Patrick Green studied at the University of Tennessee - Martin and Eastern Michigan University. He has spent his career studying and developing glazes to match his playful utilitarian work.

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