am excited for this workshop. I am going to be going over your basic shapes on the wheel. Mugs, bowls, plates, serving dishes, vases, and a couple other larger forms. I will also be going over a combination of wheel throwing and hand-building techniques. What to do with bottomless vessels, boxes, and one of my favorite forms - the serving boat. To finish off with the wet work I'm going to be talking about 2 pure hand-building techniques I use to build a wide array of forms. This is just the beginning of the workshop though.
I believe the best part of the workshop will be the decoration techniques. How to break down a clay body and make a very basic colored slip. The use of inexpensive techniques to make exciting surfaces by utilizing several forms of decoration. We will talk about color design, aesthetics, production vs. artistic pots, decals, monoprints, and paper resist slip decorating techniques. I like to work low tech with a minimal amount of tools but in those tight constraints there is a plethora of opportunities for artistic expression.
I would also like to take some time and talk about where I find inspiration. Resources for potters online to see and experience good pots, good ideas, and ways to keep yourself engaged outside of the studio.
June 4 & 5 2022
10 - 3:30 each day
What you need:
I’m going to keep things pretty basic in terms of tools. A ruler could be helpful but not a necessity, and other than that just your basic clay tools. We’ll be going over mono prints so slip trailers or brushes would also be good and newsprint or old newspapers.
I’ll be using stoneware for the most part and either a dark or white clay body is fine. I’ll probably use both in the workshop.