9:30-4:30 Tuition $525
In this three-day hands-on workshop discover alternative firing techniques, including aluminum foil saggar firing, metal can saggar firing, pit firing and raku firing.
Students will bring bisque-fired pieces to participate in the different alternative firing techniques.
Details of the size and number of pieces will be discussed before the workshop.
In addition to firing your pieces you will be able to see Watkins share his techniques, addressing large-scale throwing and show students how he throws large platters, vessels, and double-walled forms.
No Fear Ornamentation!
Ceramics: Hand-building & Ornamentation
9:30-4:30 Tuition $525
In this three-day hands-on workshop, students will focus on embracing play with decoration. Day one, Kristen will introduce her method for creating stamps, and everyone will make their own stamps to use during the workshop.
She will also demonstrate an array of decoration techniques to deliver different line-qualities, textures, & layers that result in work which can be as functional, sculptural, minimal, or extravagant as each student desires.
Decoration demos will include sprigging, slip-trailing, slip-sponging, paper resist, Dairy Queen, & inlay. All of these can be applied to your current body of work.
Kristen will also be demonstrating how she uses the potter’s wheel and bisque molds to create a couple of her favorite forms that she will then embellish with some of the learned deco techniques.
Timing in clay, idea-generation, studio ergonomics & progressing one’s own work with learned techniques will be discussed as well. You will leave the workshop with a collection of new skills, stamps & the confidence to play & draw from your own influences.
Plaster Mold-Making for Ceramics
9:30-4:30 Tuition $475
In this three-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make simple molds for creating multiples.
The workshop will focus on plaster mold-making (one or two-piece molds) with instructions on slip casting and clay pressing methods.
Helen will instruct you on the basics of mold making, modeling, and the casting processes to use with clay. She will also cover slump molds, undercuts and how to divide an object into parts for plaster mold making.
In this workshop you will also learn how to build and seal mold walls, and how to prepare the plaster.
Each student should bring one or two objects (depending upon complexity) to recreate with a mold. Helen will discuss details with students via email before the workshop.
9:30-4:30 Tuition $750
In this five-day hands-on workshop Kensuke will demonstrate his coil building and other hand building techniques to construct a figurative sculpture using stoneware clay.
Students will build their own sculpture combining multiple figures or objects and learn how to work form and surface to create their own narrative. Some hand building experience is necessary, and figure drawing experience helpful.
Discussions will focus on anatomy, proportion, posture, and gesture along with glazing techniques. Facial features, hands, feet, and clothing will be added to animate the figures. Surfaces can be enhanced by texturing and detailing to create additional personal imagery.
We will also create small samples and test tiles for experimentation using slips, underglazes, stains and glazes to be fired as reference materials for future use after the workshop.