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Clay Workshops


Weekend - May 21-23, 2021 JessicaWilson_Pot
Alternative Firing Workshop
Jessica Wilson
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 ValerieZimany_Peonies
Surface Matters: Exploring 2D/3D Ceramic Imagery and Form
Valerie Zimany
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 TaylorRobenalt_TheRing
Tell a Narrative with the Figure, Flora, Fauna in Porcelain
Taylor Robenalt
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 DougPeltzman_Teapots
Everybody Must Get Stonewared
Doug Peltzman
Expand your pottery vocabulary. Focus on designing and making various types of pots for daily use. Explore the relationship between form and surface decoration through practice, demonstration and discussion. Start each day with readings, touching on the meaning behind the pots we make and how they intersect with art and life.
Intermediate-Advanced (requires the ability to center clay)

Weeklong - June 20-25, 2021 IanMabry_Form
Clay to Z
Ian Mabry
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 MichaelKline_pitcher
Markmaking: Brushwork and Stamping
Michael Kline
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)

Weeklong - July 25-30, 2021 HunterStamps_Form
Wheel Thrown Sculpture
Hunter Stamps
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 Colleen Williams_brooch
Fabulous Surfaces on Porcelain Jewelry: Color, Texture, Pattern
Colleen Williams
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




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