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Ceramic Workshops



California, Mendocino, Mendocino Art Center
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Christopher Cisper
The Basics of Raku
February 4–5, 2012

In this workshop students will explore several ways to finish work through the tradition of modern Raku. Raku is a fast fire technique that creates vibrant and beautiful surfaces. Discussions will center on the mechanics of kilns and their firing processes as well as glazing and post firing techniques. Students should bring 10-15 bisque fired pots that we can glaze and fire several ways over the weekend. All levels of experience.

Nevada City, CA. Studio 540
Peter King and Xinia Marin
Architectural Ceramics Workshop
June 18-22, 2012

From a pile of specially formulated clay to an amazing architecturally appealing and strong piece of art. Learn from the  masters of architectural ceramics, Peter King and his wife Xinia  Marin. You will get a full 5 days of close-up and personal  instruction in Architectural ceramics.  No experience necessary. Bring yourself and be open to learn. Space is limited so sign up early. This is an excellent course for teachers also.For more information go to or call Rene @ 277-1510,,
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Colorado, Snowmass Village - Anderson Ranch Arts Center
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David Pinto and Stacy Snyder - The Joy is in the Journey
Sep 12, 2011 - Sep 23, 2011

David and Stacy, working artists who create unique functional pots, share their passion for clay, their personal journeys and most important, help each student progress along his or her own path. This workshop emphasizes one-on-one faculty interaction in a supportive, positive environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development nurtured.

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Lawrence, Kansas - Bracker's Good Earth Clays
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Linda Ganstrom
Body Casting Workshop
January 21-22, 2012

In this two day workshop, Linda will show slides, discuss research and development of ideas, and demonstrate pressmolding a head and torso from a body cast mold as well as making a simple sprig mold. Participants will then use the demonstrated techniques to make body cast forms on Linda’s molds and to make their own sprig molds. Linda will demonstrate assembly by adding head to torso and adding arms.  She will demonstrate while participants continue to work on their own pieces – Opening the eyes, detailing nose, mouth & ears, adding hairstile, developing the surface with carving, incising or underglazes, adding sprig mold details, etc. Cost for this 2 day workshop is $125 with a $25 non-refundable deposit. Register online at or call toll free 888-822-1982.

Montana, Helena Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
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Walter Keeler - Throwing, Altering, Assembling for Use and Innovation
March 16–17, 2012
This two-day intense hands-on workshop with one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists will push participants to develop an innovative attitude to further their methods and function. Skills and techniques that are the essential components in the creative process will be explored. Throwing skills and component making will be addressed, along with additional processes such as extrusions, slabs and press molds. Slides, demonstrations, discussions and impromptu evaluations will also take place during the workshop.

Nicholas Bivins - Become a Master of Plaster
June 1–3, 2012
This intensive three-day hands-on plaster workshop will focus on the multitude of uses that plaster can accomplish. Both functional and sculptural approaches will be discussed and demonstrated through a progression of slide lecture presentations, physical demonstrations and hands-on working experience. Plaster will be discussed as a material in and of itself, as well as how its function can be used in the ceramic studio. The four main topics to be covered are plaster prototyping, slump/hump molds, press molds and slip casting molds.

Matthew Metz and Liz Quackenbush
Mash and Mingle: Exploring Form and the Decorative Impulse

June 11–22, 2012
This unique two-week hands-on workshop will appeal to your decorative impulse. Matthew Metz, a thrower, and Liz Quackenbush, a hand builder, will share their varied approaches to form and surface. With a passion for intricate surface embellishment, which draws heavily on the history of decorative arts and ceramics, Metz and Quackenbush share an admiration and interest in each other’s work as well as curiosity about experiencing each other’s practice.

Matt Long and Brad Schwieger - New Forms to Finish: Soda Firing
July 9–13, 2012
This five-day workshop will focus on generating work and completing a soda firing. Both Long and Schwieger will demonstrate throughout the week, addressing throwing, altering and subtractive techniques as well as slip application and decoration. Discussions will be centered on idea development, technical interest and personal aesthetics. Presentations and lectures presented during the workshop will support the soda firing process.

Christa Assad - Cut and Construct Intensive
August 24–26, 2012
Explore the potential compositions of thrown and hand-built parts, and use these elements as building blocks with unlimited potential. Using the wheel as a springboard for ideas and process, participants in this three-day workshop will experiment with altering the round form, hand-building and other methods of construction to realize their artistic curiosities. Daily demonstrations will include throwing component parts, cutting and reassembling forms off the original axis, stacking and nesting pieces, glaze discussion and more.

Christina West - The Psychologically Charged Figure
September 21–23, 2012
In this fast-paced three-day workshop, West will demonstrate the simple and direct pinching technique that she uses to create hollow, realistically rendered ceramic figures. In addition to focusing on observation and basics of proportion and structure, participants will consider how attributes such as gesture, facial expression, and posture can psychologically charge their sculptures. Working from photos taken during the workshop, each participant will build an expressive, ¾ life-sized bust. An image presentation featuring both contemporary and historical figurative sources will offer inspiration and context for the work being made.

Andrea Gill - Pottery as Site: the Decorated Object
October 19–20, 2012
In this two-day demonstration-only workshop, Gill will demonstrate how she moves from shape to surface, addressing how ideas develop through the creation process to completion. Pottery, whether its primary purpose is function or not, is the ideal arena for weaving together the dimensional and flat. Volume, structure, color, and pattern are the visual components, but historical models and contemporary issues affect the process and meaning. Techniques will include simple mold making and slab construction for large vessels. Low-fire glazes, including majolica, engobes, and a wide variety of other possibilities for surfaces, will be presented.

Nevada, Las Vegas Pottery West
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Tom Coleman
"Sculptural Shino Workshop" June 4-10th, 2012

Learn to throw large forms in porcelain and porcelainious stoneware. From functional, sectional to sculptural. Tom Coleman will guide us through different ways to create larger forms with visual balance. Bring up to 10 pieces of bisque ware made from cone 10 clay and bisque fired to 08. You can also ship it out to us ahead of time.

New Mexico, Santa Fe  Santa Fe Clay
Santa Fe Clay Summer 2012 Preview
June 11-15, 2012 - Diego Romero
June 18-22, 2012 - David Regan
June 25-29, 2012 - Tim Taunton
July 2-6, 2012 - Shawn Spangler
July 9-13, 2012 - Deborah Schwartzkopf
July 16-20, 2012 - Diana Fayt
July 23-23, 2012 - Patricia Sannit
July 30 - Aug 3, 2012 - Margaret Bohls
Aug 6-10, 2012 - Dana Major Kanovitz
Aug 13-17, 2012 - Claudia Olds Goldie

North Carolina, Asheville - Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts
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Linda & Charlie Riggs - Naked Surfaces And Alternative Firing
May 30 - June 1, 2012
Join Linda and Charlie for three exciting days of smoke, fire and fumes! Charlie and Linda will lead sessions in naked & horsehair raku, smoke and saggar firings and iron fuming. Enjoy the process of decorating pots with polished white and red terra sigillata, then firing them in atmospheres where the smoke and chemicals produce the final surface color. Achieve colors ranging from deep reds and oranges to stark black and white.

Cynthia Constentino - Interpreting The Figure
June 4- 8, 2012
Work from a live model and sculpt your interpretation of the figure. Utilize the figure to explore issues such as gender, social roles, culture and personal experience. Discussion topics will include 3-D design, proportions of the body, methods of developing content and tips for professional development. Cynthia will demonstrate a variety of construction techniques for sculpting including building armatures, cold joining and surface treatments. Come with your ideas and imagination, source images and personal stories. Leave with a wide range of techniques to apply to your own studio practice.

Fong Choo - Diminutive Teapots
June 11- 15, 2012
Master teapot maker, Fong Choo, will be your guide in the exploration of the teapot from large to small and from whimsical to utilitarian with strong emphasis on proportion. Push the boundaries of form, design and color. Discussion topics and demonstrations will include altering thrown forms, creating surface textures and attaching aesthetically pleasing cane and reed handles. Fong will share his unique approach for layering glazes to achieve the jeweled toned surfaces of his signature teapots. If you want to improve your teapot making, you must attend this class.

Sang Roberson - Soft & Shiny Slabs
June 18- 22, 2012
If you have been close to one of Sang's pots you understand the meaning of 'quiet beauty'. They exude a feeling that is hard to put into words. Join Sang for this class and discover new possibilities for your own work while constructing open and closed forms with soft slabs. Investigate a broad range of surface treatments including terra sigillata, burnishing, slip-trailing, sgrafitto, mishima and sprigging. Learn to pit-fire, polish and seal the pieces to enrich the skins. Bring low-fire bisque ware and practice application techniques. Demonstrations will include wall vessels, closed geometric forms, basketry designs and capturing air as armature.

Akira Satake - Imperfect Beauty
June 25- 29, 2012
Akira will present his distinctive Kohiki slip technique by brushing white porcelain slip onto a dark clay slab, then stretching to create a unique surface. Experiment with soft and hard slabs, while learning new ways to make teapots, teacups, pitchers, vases and boxes. Gain insight into, the meaning of "wabi-sabi" (finding beauty in imperfection) and the importance of "ma" the space in between. Akira will demonstrate his style of making tea ceremony bowls, water jars, and ikebana vases, all influenced by Japanese pottery from the Momoyama Period (1568-1615).

Suze Lindsay - Going Vertical
July 9- 13, 2012
Just when you thought you knew everything about altering soft and leather-hard functional clay forms, along comes Suze with lots more tricks. Always pushing the boundaries herself, Suze will teach you all she knows about her unique ways of altering and stacking thrown and hand-built parts to create vases, pitchers, covered jars and more. And she will demonstrate the slip trailing technique she uses to achieve her distinctive look. Also expect exercises that will stretch and expand your notions of imagery and surface enhancement. Daily demonstrations, sketchbook exercises, and discussions on contemporary and historical pottery will be springboards for experimentation and play.

Curt LaCross - Sculpting The Human Psyche
July 16- 20, 2012
The focus of this workshop will be construction techniques, anatomy and conceptual development in order to create psychologically weighed figures. WOW! Sounds heavy. Don't worry, you will have fun and learn a bunch from a great teacher. Using coils, slabs and a variety of armatures you will build a life sized human bust. Considerable attention will be placed on the facial features, skin texture and hands. Curt will implement his gestural approach to sculpting and manipulating texture in order to create the realistic human expressions he achieves in his work.

Jason Burnett - Graphic Clay: Cut, Copy And Paste
July 23- 27, 2012
Using two simple materials: slip and newsprint paper, we will introduce layers of information and texture onto our clay surfaces. Through silkscreen printing, cutting, copying and pasting we will dissect, transform, and manipulate our drawings, patterns, and images while creating exciting new exteriors. But there's no stopping us there! We'll use simple digital techniques to make decals and photocopy transfers. Computers NOT required, but one can come in handy! Jason is a very generous teacher who will guide and inspire you to carry your work to new levels you have not imagined. .

Susan Filley - Porcelain: Form And Finesse
July 30- August 3, 2012
Prepare to be entertained as you learn new ways of working with porcelain. Susan is a master potter whose workshops are packed with practical information, interesting stories and 'tricks' for making good pots with finesse. Acquire new techniques for working in porcelain, beginning with basic forms and moving on to more complex altered shapes. Throwing off the hump, pulled and hand-built handles, cups, bowls and trays. Cut, alter and assemble. Susan will help you improve skills, throw larger, and make interesting forms with personality. She will also lead discussions on glazing and firing.

North Carolina, Bakersville John Britt Pottery
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Glazing Techniques

February 20 – 24, 2012
Learn glazing techniques including, pouring, brushing, spraying, dipping, stencils, overlapping, latex, wax resist, multi-firing, decals, china paints, sandblasting, etc.
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total Space limited to 8 people

Basic Glaze Chemistry and Raw Materials
March 5 – 9, 2012
Learn basic glaze chemistry of clay bodies and glazes
Covering low, medium and high-fire glazes
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)

Reduction Firing Workshop
March 23 – 24, 2012
Understanding Firing and cone 10 Reduction
Weekend Firing of Shino, Celadon and Copper Red Glazes
Friday March 23 – 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Glazing
Saturday March 24 – 9:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday March 25 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$220.00 includes recipe handout (PLUS $30.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)
Total $250.00

North Carolina, Penland - Penland School of Crafts
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Kathy King
Looking Over Your Shoulder
March 11 - May 4, 2012

This hands-on workshop will include a course in ceramic art history. Through a series of lectures focused on historical techniques along with the social context from which the work was created, we will consider everything from Neolithic Chinese storage pots to contemporary ceramic art. As we look at the past, we will respond with work that reflects our own point of view. This approach will allow us to cover everything from earthenware to cone 10 porcelain and stoneware in functional and sculptural applications. There will be a special focus on surface decoration and treatments, print-transfer techniques, and narrative. The class will include oxidation, soda, and overglaze enamel firing. Open to all levels, but basic wheel throwing and hand building skills will be helpful. Click here Click here for more information on the Spring Eight-Week Concentration: March 11 – May 4, 2012.

Penland Summer 2012 Preview
Dan Anderson- Altered Pots
Israel Davis - Objects & Images
Kevin Snipes - Drawing Conclusions
Kelly & Kyle Phelps - Figure Narrative: Clay as Process
Catherine White - Woodfiring: A Studio Stew
Deborah Horrell & Tom Spleth - Fork in the Road: Clay & Glass
Martina Lantin - Pots in Process
Arthur González - The Metaphorical Portrait
James Watkins- Raku, Saggar & Throwing Large
MaPo Kinnord-Payton - Low-Relief Tile Production
Jim Lawton - Shape Shift: The Pot
Tom Bartel - Assembling the Figure
Kate Missett - Printing on Clay
Jeff Zamek - Easy Glaze Calculation

North Carolina, Zirconia Hand in Hand Gallery
Ruthanne Tudball  Workshop
Feb. 29th and March 1st, 2012
2-day demonstration workshop with noted British potter and author of "Soda Glazing" hosted by David Voorhees at his studio in Zirconia, NC. $295 fee includes gourmet lunches. Workshop followed by wood-firing session in David's wood fired car kiln.  Additional $100 fee required for firing session.

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Ohio, Cleveland
Angelica Pozo's Studio - Earthen Angel Ceramics
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May 19 & 20, 2012 - Tile! What a Relief!
June 2, 3 9 & 10, 2012 - EXTERIOR TILE: Mosaic Garden Project
June 23 & 23, 2012 - Creative Tile Making
August 3 – 6, 2012 - EXTERIOR TILE: Bench Project
October 6, 2012 -Wetware Decorating Extravaganza!!!!

Texas, San Angelo
Vicki Hardin Studio
Introduction to Handbuilding with Clay
Start an adventure in clay with this five week class focused on handbuilding. This class will provide the groundwork for developing skills needed for creating functional and sculptural forms using pinch, coil and slab construction methods. Surface decoration and firing techniques will be explored.  Classes are limited to six participants, the class meets twice a week, Tuesdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and

Saturdays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Level: Adult Beginning/Intermediate
Dates: February 9th to March 12th
Fee: 195.00

For more information visit or email Vicki Hardin at or call 325 315 1717.

Texas, San Angelo
Vicki Hardin Studio
Art of the Brush
Learn the art of making your own handmade brushes suitable for use with water based mediums and ceramic decoration. Beginning and advanced techniques and construction methods will be taught for making brushes from deer, skunk, horse hair, raccoon, goat and ring tail cat. Demonstrations will involve step by step instruction for making handles from bamboo, yucca, wood and found objects.  

This class will provide a hands on practical approach to brush making from functional tools to works of art. Students will begin with simple brushes and then move into making brushes with advanced techniques. The class will explore the best materials to produce handmade, A student should expect to make 15 to 20 brushes during the class.

Classes are limited to six participants.
Level: This course is open to all skills levels.
Dates: October 14-18, 2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fee: 450.00 and 75.00 materials fee

For more information visit or email Vicki Hardin at or call 325 315 1717.

Virginia, Arlington, Lee Arts Center,
Lee Arts Center Master Workshop Program Fall 2012

In a Pinch
With Emily Schroeder Willis
Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2012; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ever think that pinch pots can’t be light or delicate?  This workshop will challenge common stereotypes of working with the simple pinch pot.  Emily will demonstrate her process of creating vessels through pinching and coiling with porcelain.  She will show techniques such as building work upside down, creating basic molds with simple coils and using bisque molds to help aid in flat forms.  Through the process of coiling and pinching, she will explore how to build a variety of forms ranging from large jars and platters to small cream and sugar sets.  This workshop will have a balance of demonstrations, discussions and hands-on studio time.

Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and her work has been exhibited across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia.  She currently resides in Chicago as a full time studio artist.  For more information on her work please visit her website

Handle It!
With Ryan J. Greenheck
Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21, 2012;  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This hands-on workshop will focus on wheel thrown forms that incorporate a handle. Ryan will demonstrate various wheel throwing and trimming techniques emphasizing the mug form, while lidded jars, pitchers, and teapots will also be presented.   Placement of the handle in each piece will be a consideration from the start.  Ryan will also share several ways to make handles such as slab, and coiled techniques; with a concentration on several ‘pulled’ handle skills.  Every aspect of the handled vessel will be discussed and meticulously investigated.

Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.  He has been in numerous national juried exhibitions since 2000. His work is represented in many galleries throughout the US and he has been a participant at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, Maryland.  Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and an instructor at several art centers in the Philadelphia area. For more information on the artist please visit his website at:

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