Making & Using Custom Handmade Brushes
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton NJ
August 5 – 9, 2011
Learn to make handmade brushes that are works of art and functional tools. Each day, several types of brushes will be introduced using different hair and construction methods. Demonstrations will involve step by step instruction for making handles from bamboo, yucca, wood and found objects. Instruction will be provided on knot-tying and the cutting and wrapping of hairs. Students will work with buck tail hair, moose hair, horse hair, rooster hackle, broom corn straw, and other fibers. The brushes we make may be used to decorate ceramics or for sumi ink, calligraphy, and watercolor, acrylic, or oil painting.
Vicki Hardin has been a studio potter since 1984, producing utilitarian stoneware, handmade brushes and decorative pit fired and rakued vessels. Vicki earned a BA in art and an M.S. from Angelo State University. She recently taught brush making at Penland School of Crafts and exhibits her ceramic work nationally and at her studio and gallery space in San Angelo, Texas. She has published ClayArtWebGuide.com, an online portal and resource to clay artists and clay enthusiasts for the past ten years.
Peters Valley is located in the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. You could not feel further removed from the bustle of the everyday world and yet Peters Valley is located but a short drive from New York and other major East Coast cities. The air is clean, the atmosphere serene, the art invigorating.