Weekend - May 21-23, 2021
Alternative Firing Workshop
Explore the hands-on process of raku, pit and horse hair firing in this intense course. Be prepared to work hard in a hot environment and to welcome the unexpected and unpredictable! Bring lots of bisque-fired pots and leave with unique, one-of-a-kind, finished pots.
Weekend - May 28-30, 2021
Surface Matters: Exploring 2D/3D Ceramic Imagery and Form
Learn to create lively, rich ceramic surfaces. Build small-scale forms to develop layered surfaces through sample drawing, stencils, cutters and sprig mold making. Design the space "in-between" 2D and 3D - one of the unique characteristics of ceramics. Use hand and digital tools to create patterns, imagery and reliefs for a vocabulary of techniques and concepts.
Weeklong - June 6-11, 2021
Tell a Narrative with the Figure, Flora, Fauna in Porcelain
Let's face it, sculpting in porcelain can be difficult. Learn techniques to control this fickle material. Explore sculpting in porcelain using the human figure, flora and fauna to tell a unique story.
Weeklong - June 13-18, 2021
The Strange and Unusual: Sculpting the Bust
Use hollow building techniques to create a portrait bust in clay that explores a surreal narrative through facial expression and gesture. Learn anatomy while working in planes to model portraits. Armatures, various building and firing techniques will also be discussed.
Beginner - Intermediate
Weeklong - June 20-25, 2021 - Beginner Week
Clay to Z
Explore a wide variety of clay construction and decorating techniques. Focus on various handbuilding methods used to create expressive functional and sculptural forms. Gain a brief introduction to the potter's wheel. Acquire a breadth of ceramic experience with the possibility of taking home a personal, handmade object.
Weeklong - July 18-23, 2021
Markmaking: Brushwork and Stamping
Explore how to transform wheel-thrown forms with stamped and painted surface treatments. Sessions will include demonstrations on classic thrown forms, stamping and brushwork. Make stamps and learn to use them to make marks and create patterns with inlay. Dramatically improve your brushwork skills with a series of lively group painting exercises.
Intermediate-Advanced, Materials fee, payable to instructor, $5-$20 (for MKM stamps and roulettes, $20 for Mudtools Do-All scraping tool, $8-$20 for bamboo handle brushes, $2 for small lidded containers for wax resist, free Amaco white underglaze sample)
$1000 (This workshop is NOT eligible for a discount)
Weeklong - July 25-30, 2021
Wheel Thrown Sculpture
Focus on creating abstract sculptures and organic vessels from wheel thrown parts. Learn a variety of throwing, altering and assembling techniques. Cover low-fire glazes and alternative surfacing techniques such as encaustics, paint and mixed media applications. Use all these techniques to create and fire a series of truly unique pieces.
Intermediate (requires basic wheel throwing skills)
Weekend - August 6-8, 2021
Fabulous Surfaces on Porcelain Jewelry: Color, Texture, Pattern
Embrace colored porcelain by working small in this class where ceramics and jewelry meet. Explore handbuilding methods and surface techniques for ceramics of any scale. Use layered slips, resists, stamping, sgraffito and more to decorate jewelry "canvases." Learn basic jewelry skills to assemble several pieces to wear home.
Beginner; Materials fee, payable to instructor, $20 for 5, 4-6 ounce balls of colored porcelain, 1 lb. of white porcelain, small plaster forming molds, paint pot strip with underglazes, 24 ga. nichrome wire, 18" sterling silver wire, leather cording. The instructor will also bring Items that each participant will have access to including assorted sterling silver and niobium jewelry findings, assorted glass beads, assorted colored porcelain slips and assorted resists and texture tools