Previous Workshops 2014

mini WORKSHOP SERIES III with Regis Brodie
“Every thing that you need to know about aesthetics & proportions for the potter, sculptor, & or painter but were afraid to ask!”

Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:30 - 3:00pm

A mini-workshop is designed for the novice, beginner or intermediate or advanced level student who is interested in building a strong foundation of design principles that have been understood & used for thousands of years by artists of all disciplines. This will be basic in its approach, but will give a clear & simple over-view of the essentials necessary to progress further as an artist/potter/sculptor.

November 19 & 20, 2014

JENNIFER McCURDY
WORKSHOP -

"Testing the limits of Porcelain in Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculptures" a demonstration / discussion workshop by Jennifer McCurdy.

This two-day adventure will include basic wedging, centering and throwing techniques unique to porcelain as well as a "dry throwing" demonstration and methods of altering and folding, carving and sanding.

To begin, Jennifer will demonstrate the technique of “dry throwing”, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece, after the basic cylinder has been thrown. Next, she will show how altering and folding that form by hand can add movement and strength. Then you will see carving techniques on the porcelain when it is leather hard. Next she will show sanding techniques once the piece is bone dry. The last hour of each day can be devoted to looking at images or actual pieces of each participant’s work, and discussing ways that the these techniques can be individually utilized.

Saturday, NOVEMBER 1, 2014
9:30am - 4:30 pm

ANNE FRANCEY WORKSHOP

"Intro to Majolica, Painting on Clay"

This one day workshop will introduce participants to the ancient art of majolica, or painting on ceramic ware with ceramic glazes, and its painterly, expressive and creative possibilities. No prior experience with clay or painting necessary. Artists and ceramists will be able to explore and expand their technique and vocabulary. Visual inspiration will be provided for subject matter and motifs.

June 9 - 12, 2014

"Salt Magic Revisited!"
a four day salt-fire workshop intensive

Experience the "magic" that happens when you introduce salt to the firing atmosphere. You'll learn how to achieve consistently fantastic results, using tried and true methods, gained through years of experimentation with glazes and hundreds of salt firings. Four Days, Two Firings, One Great Teacher!

mini Workshop Part II -

"What is clay? & What are clay bodies?
How do I fire it?

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
Pot-Luck Lunch Break 12:00 - 12:30

A mini workshop designed for the novice, beginner or intermediate level student who is interested in building a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of the ceramics processes and materials.

All about clay:
1. Clay - its origins and varieties
2. Clay Bodies - Stoneware, Porcelain, Raku, etc.
3. Bisque Firing - the critical temperatures for firing

This workshop will be basic in approach, but will give a clear and simple over-view of the essentials necessary to progress further as a potter or scuptor. This fundamental information is basic to all firing techniques, temperatures and methods using either electric or gas kilns

May 16 - 18, 2014

Jennifer Allen, "Altered and Adorned" a Two-Day Participatory Workshop

In this two-day participatory workshop, students will learn ways to alter pots both on and off the wheel by using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Jennifer will demonstate
simple altering techniques including pleating plates, stamping cup forms, throwing without a bottom and tips on throwing larger forms without having to trim them. There will also be a demonstration on stamp making, slip trailing & sgraffito. After each demonstration there will be several hours for students to practice with Jennifer there to help.

mini Workshop Part I -

"What is Glaze? & How do I Glaze?
That is the question...

Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
Pot-Luck Lunch Break 12:00 - 12:30

A mini worshop designed for the novice, beginner or intermediate level student who is interested in building a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of the ceramics processes and materials.

This mini workshop is designed to clearly explain:
1. What a glaze is and how it works
2. A review of basic glazing and decorating techniques
3. How to use the Glaze Room and the equipment

This workshop will be basic in approach, but will give a clear and simple over-view of the essentials necessary to progress further as a potter or scuptor. This fundamental information is basic to all firing techniques, temperatures and methods using either electric or gas kilns

Marc Leuthold Workshop -
"creating through construction and subtraction"

March 7 & 8, 2014

Marc Leuthold Workshop -
"creating through construction and subtraction"

a lecture and workshop presentation by Marc Leuthold. Leuthold is a Professor at the State University of New York and has taught at Princeton University and Parsons School of Design. He is one of forty Americans who is an elected lifetime member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

The lecture will be limited to 30 participants, on a first come, first served basis with a preference given to our members. 

Mini "Tar Paper" Demonstration Workshop with Regis Brodie

Saturday, January 4th, MINI "Tar Paper" Demonstration WORKSHOP with Regis Brodie

“Using Tarpaper as an External Support Structure to Build a Variety of Forms That Can Be Used as Vessels, Parts of Vessels, Sculptures, or Parts of Sculptures.”
(For hand-builder or thrower & open to all experience levels.)

From Regis about this workshop......
My teacher, Rudy Staffel, at Tyler School of Art, was the first to use tarpaper as a method of building. He taught me his special technique of using tarpaper as a construction tool five decades ago & I have included his special tarpaper technique, as part of my curriculum ever since.

This half-day, demonstration workshop will begin with the introduction of tarpaper construction techniques as a tool for the hand-builder or the thrower. 

Tarpaper, with its flexibility & strength provides the user with a great variety of building options:
1) Cylinders of all sizes & diameters can be formed. They can be left as is (circular) or made into ovals, distorted shapes, cut & be reformed, added to thrown pieces, completed with a thrown foot or neck, etc.
2) Cone shapes of varying heights & sizes can also be made with template shapes similar to sheet metal fabrication.
3) Free form shapes & other creative forms can be explored.
A slab-roller can be used but your hands & a rolling pin will also work fine.

Demonstration:
I will cut out tarpaper templates & begin to demonstrate how to use the tarpaper
to make forms i.e. cylinders, ovals, rectangular prisms, cones & other shapes.
A number of decorative techniques will be used in the process.
1). Inlaying colored clay,
2). Texturing with lace, netting, string, horse hair, etc.
3). Sand painting with colored sand
4). Stamping & incisingI will have some pieces that had been made the day before & I will demonstrate
a variety of finishing techniques.