Weekend: May 17-19, 2019
Horse Hair Firing
Explore the hands-on process of horse hair firing. Participate in terra sigillata application, loading, firing and horse hair and ferric chloride application. Complete the firing process and leave with unique, one-of-a-kind, finished pots.
Weeklong: May 26-31, 2019
China Painting, Decals and Lusters: An Introduction into Overglaze Decoration
Learn a variety of on-glaze surface decoration methods including china painting, decal and luster application. Paint on glazed ceramics during the day and fire the work overnight. Bring your own pieces or use commercially glazed tiles and experiment with layers of different decoration techniques.
Materials fee: $25
Weeklong: June 2-7, 2019
Hand Building: Beginner to Advanced Techniques
Experiment with new and old methods of construction. Use creative expansion, a process-over-product mentality designed to inspire you. Learn coil and pinch methods along with hard and soft slab construction to generate pottery components. Build up surface through the making process and discuss glaze and surface treatment.
Materials fee: $15-$55
Weeklong: Educator's Week June 9-14, 2019
Ceramics 101 for Educators
Gain ceramics skills and knowledge to allow you to add a ceramics component to your curriculum or to improve the one you already have. Time will be given to answering questions, kiln loading, firing, glaze discussions, project ideas, as well as a hands-on portion including both hand building and wheel throwing.
Weekend: July 5-7, 2019
Laser Sgraffito and Wooden Stamp Making
Explore surface decoration techniques for slab contruction and hand building utilizing a laser etcher. Use the laser etcher to create sgraffito designs through slips as well as designing and creating wooden stamps and rollers. Gain an introduction to basic Photoshop and bring any design material that you wish to use.
Intermediate - must have handbuilding experience, drawing and graphic design skills are helpful
Weeklong: July 14-19, 2019
Pottery on the Wheel: Bowls to Bottles and Everything In Between
Learn basic skills or improve the skills you have to create a variety of shapes on the potter’s wheel. Gain skills and explore approaches to make better bowls, larger vases or more complex forms. Experiment with decorative patterns, textures and designs with stamps, tools and underglazes; discuss different approaches to glazing.
Weeklong - July 21-26, 2019
Altered and Assembled Clay
Explore techniques to alter and assemble thrown and handbuilt vessels. Use stamp making, sprig molds, bisque molds and plaster molds along with other techniques and processes to amplify simple forms. Create your own stamps and molds to alter thrown and handbuilt forms.
Weekend: August 2-4, 2019
The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding
Liz Zlot Summerfield
Learn the techniques of working with earthenware clay slabs and paper patterns. Begin with simple functional forms and expand to include components such as lids, feet and spouts. Emphasis is on one-on-one interaction in a supportive environment. Experimentation is encouraged and individual development nurtured.