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  1. May 9–11 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Thrown, Altered, and Decorated Jennifer Allen All Levels | $200 Weekend Workshop In this weekend workshop, students will examine ways to manipulate pots both on and off the wheel by using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Experimenting with darting techniques as a means to achieve out-of-round profiles will be explored. Jennifer will help you discover ways to construct spouts, handles, and other forms from a variety paper patterns, and play with bisque molds as a way to expand ideas of form. You will also learn how to compose decoration on a three-dimensional form using slip, glaze, and underglaze. Basic wheel knowledge would be helpful, but is not necessary. Jennifer Allen currently teaches ceramics at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (2002), and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington (2006). The National Council for the Education of Ceramics (NCECA) named Jennifer as a 2008 National Emerging Artist. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2012, Jennifer presented at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, she and thirteen other presenters developed an online ceramic collective called Objective Clay. In addition to studio work and teaching, Jennifer is a new mom. Learn more about her work at jenallenceramics.com.
  2. July 27–August 2 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Dinnerware: Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing Steven Hill Intermediate–Advanced | $800 Weeklong Workshop In this workshop, we will design and produce sample-thrown dinnerware place settings, including plates, bowls, cups, saucers, mugs, and tumblers. More than other functional pottery, making successful dinnerware is a balancing act between the technical and aesthetic concerns of the potter. Steven will discuss his philosophy of making pottery, while throwing, assembling and decorating the forms and techniques for which he is well known. When glazing, we will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel-burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. We will fire at cone 6 oxidation. Demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcome as well. Steven Hill earned his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. His work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows, and featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada, and has written many ceramics articles. In 1998, Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois, in 2006. He is currently doing what he does best: making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops, and letting someone else take care of business! Learn more about his work at stevenhillpottery.com
  3. July 20–26 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Teapots: Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing Steven Hill Intermediate–Advanced | $800 Weeklong Workshop In this workshop, we will throw and assemble teapots and cups and work with decorative slip. Steven will discuss his philosophy of making pottery, while throwing, assembling and decorating the forms and techniques for which he is well known. The focus will be on spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements. When glazing, we will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel-burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. We will fire at cone 6 oxidation. Demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcome as well. Steven Hill earned his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. His work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows, and featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada, and has written many ceramics articles. In 1998, Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois, in 2006. He is currently doing what he does best: making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops, and letting someone else take care of business! Learn more about his work at stevenhillpottery.com
  4. April 25–27 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Low Fire Surface Design Christy Culp All Levels | $200 Weekend Workshop Learn how to add more dimension to your clay pieces through surface decoration in a technique packed weekend. Mishima, sgraffito, stenciling, and glaze trailing techniques will be introduced. Students will have the opportunity to discover the unlimited possibilities of adding imagery, pattern, and lines to wet clay surfaces using underglazes and slip. Glaze trailing and layering on bisque-fired pieces will also be presented. You may bring low to mid-range pieces that have been bisque fired to cone 06. You are asked to bring a sketch book, images, and symbols personal to your work along with a sense of adventure and experimentation. Christy Culp has been making pottery and teaching art since 1991. She works with red earthenware clay, slips, and majolica glazes to create luscious functional wares and fruit inspired sculptures. Her work is known for its very feminine qualities and imagery of cherries and pears. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her work exhibits at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Clay Place, Boulevard Gallery, Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery, and The Saxonburg Area Artist Co-op. Her work is also found in many private collections. She is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and a founding member of the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-op. When not making work in her studio, 2 Pears Pottery, Christy is teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing, and painting at Deer Lakes High School. Learn more about her work at 2pearspottery.blogspot.com.
  5. July 22–26 at Touchstone Center for Crafts The Character of Porcelain Instructor: Antoinette Badenhorst Intermediate–Advanced | $500 Weeklong Workshop Understand the character of porcelain and you will be able to push your own limits. Improve clay skills as you throw and press-mold thin, well-crafted pots, discovering how to adjust them into beautiful, sculptural vessels. Even if you don't continue working with porcelain in the future, the principles and approaches learned in this weeklong workshop will refresh and energize your approach to clay. For potters or for students of intermediate to advanced levels. No porcelain experience is needed. Antoinette Badenhorst started her pottery career in South Africa in 1981, and began to specialize in porcelain in 1995. Her work is internationally exhibited in South Africa, the United States, Japan, and Europe. Her passion for pottery spills over into teaching and writing about clay in Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly,Ceramics Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL, and Clay Times. Her own ceramic work is widely published.
  6. July 15–19 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Beginning-to-Intermediate Wheel Throwing and Alternative Firings Instructor: Sharif Bey Beginning–Intermediate | $500 Weeklong Workshop This session will provide wheel-throwing instruction at various levels. In addition to firing functional wares in conventional gas kilns, participants will experiment with various alternative methods, including sawdust (open pit), faux foil, low-temperature salt, and sagger-firings. Participants will further develop unique surfaces by layering non-ceramic materials, such as nail and shoe polishes, paste wax, permanent markers, and acrylic and spray paint, in addition to glazes, oxides, slips, and terra sigillatas. Sharif Bey is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University. He began his career in ceramics as a high school student at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and has since earned a BFA in ceramics from Slippery Rock University, an MFA from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in art education from Penn State University. In addition to his active teaching career, Bey continues to exhibit nationally and internationally. In 2010, he completed a commission of three large-scale wall sculptures for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, and also represented the United States in Vendsyssel, Denmark’s SCANCEM international ceramics exhibition. In 2003–2004, Bey was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in sculpture as an artist-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has additionally taken residence as an artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hunter College in New York City; and the Vermont Studio Center.
  7. July 29–August 2 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Soft Serendipitous Ceramics Instructor: Lisa Orr All Levels | $500 Weeklong Workshop This workshop will focus on complex layering of textures and slips to create low-fire glazes as rich as a gemstone. Both functional wares and small-scale sculptural pieces will be demonstrated. Initially, students will be introduced to low relief texture sprigging, stamping, and soft forming techniques. Students will view examples by slides and demonstration, after which they will make their own. Next, students will learn how nichrome wire can be used for attaching smaller moving parts. Color layering will be emphasized by use of engobes under transparent low-fire glazes. Pieces will be fired in electric kilns, and everyone will take home finished works. Lisa Orr has been a professional potter and student of ceramics for 23 years. She completed her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1992, and later received grants, including a Fulbright and a Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA. In addition to running and maintaining her full-time studio, she teaches, lectures, and shows her work nationally. Lisa’s artworks for the table often refer to traditional porcelain or dinner whitewares, but with softer forms inspired by the playful and abundant qualities of Mexican earthenware. Her pottery is imbued with the nuances of a healthy garden, and is intended as artwork designed to complement and enhance beautiful meals. Lisa has evolved and invented her own production process from studying clay mold fragments in museums and antiquated ceramics factories. After hand-forming pieces in molds, on the wheel, or both, she finishes with stamps, slips, sprigs, and multi-hued glazes. She loves experimenting in the studio and sharing her discoveries and experience with
  8. June 17–21 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Pouring Vessels and Cups: Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing Instructor: Steven Hill Intermediate – Advanced | $800 Weeklong Workshop In this workshop, we will throw and alter pitchers and mugs, and will work with decorative slip. The instructor will discuss his philosophy of making pottery, while throwing, assembling, and decorating the forms and techniques for which he is well known. The focus will be on spouts, handles, forms, and surfaces, and the relationship between these elements. When glazing, we will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel-burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. We will fire at cone 6 oxidation. Demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcome as well. Click on the workshop title to learn more. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Steven Hill earned his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. His work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows, and featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada, and has written many ceramics articles. In 1998, Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois, in 2006. He is currently doing what he does best: making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops, and letting someone else take care of business!
  9. July 8–12 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Crystalline Glazes for Cone 6 Instructor: William Schran Intermediate–Advanced | $500 Weeklong Workshop Have you ever wondered how crystalline glazes are produced? This hands-on workshop will focus on the process of producing crystalline glazes at cone 6 with emphasis on wheel-thrown forms that are best suited to display this unique glaze. Students will learn how crystalline glazes are different from any other type of glaze, how to prepare pots for firing, how to apply the glaze, how to fire the glaze, and how to finish the pot post-firing. Students with intermediate wheel-throwing skills will be taught techniques to develop new skills, while those with advanced skills will be encouraged to refine their skills and develop their own style. Students should bring six to ten bisqued pots made from a smooth white clay body with a 3- to 4-inch foot diameter.Click on the workshop title to learn more, and click here to view the entire 2013 catalog. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. William Schran is the Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at Northern Virginia Community College, where he developed the ceramics program and has taught ceramics for 35 years. He earned his BA at Frostburg University and his MFA from George Washington University. Bill has written three articles about his crystalline glaze process for national ceramics magazines, contributed a chapter to the book 21st Century Kilns by Mel Jacobson, and has had several solo shows of his pottery. He has participated in several international exhibitions, and has been invited to exhibit and give a workshop presentation at Cristalls 2013, an exhibit and conference on crystalline glazes held in Spain.
  10. June 3–7 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Wheel Thrown Pottery Intensive Instructor: Joe Sendek Beginner–Intermediate | $500 Weeklong Workshop Immerse your mind, heart, and spirit into the ancient and expressive world of clay! This week will allow each student a chance to focus, explore, and expand his or her artistic and creative self. This workshop is especially helpful to those who have basic throwing skills, and is designed to encourage the development of new skills and techniques, the goal being that you will be able to fire work in electric, gas, and raku kilns. Bring your tools, ideas, and creative energies for a weeklong workshop that will lift you to the next level of working with clay.Click on the workshop title to learn more, and click here to view the entire 2013 catalog. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Joe Sendek walks the edge where art meets education. Trained in materials engineering at Purdue, he also holds a BA from California State and an MFA from Arizona State. Joe currently works as an artist educator for a wide range of audiences ranging from kindergarten students to senior citizens. He has done artist-in-residency work, and has taught ceramics to students at all levels and for many arts and cultural organizations. He is a registered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his ceramic work is exhibited nationally.
  11. May 24–27 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Creating Pottery for Everyday Use Instructor: Amanda Wolf All Levels | $300 Extended Weekend Workshop Create pottery for everyday use in the upbeat environment of Touchstone’s clay studio. During this workshop, participants will be encouraged to learn and polish their wheel-throwing skills, and experiment with “slump and hump†hand-building techniques. We will create functional pottery made with porcelain, and cover a wide range of methods for attaching, drying, and glazing. Participants will explore surface design, and will embellish forms through many decoration techniques, including the creation of sprig molds and stamps. Click on the workshop title to learn more, and click here to view the entire 2013 catalog. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Amanda Wolf is currently a full-time studio potter living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her BFA at I Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. After graduating, she moved to Pittsburgh and began teaching in the education programs at the Carnegie Museum of Art. In 2005, Amanda began teaching at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, where she has taught for the last eight years. Her teaching philosophy is simple and rooted in her love and passion for ceramic processes. Amanda sells her work at retail craft shows around the region, and her whimsical and well-crafted pieces can be found in many galleries and shops across the country.
  12. Touchstone Center for Crafts is near Farmington, PA in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania about 60 miles from Pittsburgh. Click here for directions from the various metropolitan areas in our vicinity. Thanks!
  13. May 17–19 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Working Flat: Tools and Techniques for Platters, Plates, and Tiles Instructor: Joseph Delphia All Levels | $200 Weekend Workshop This workshop will focus on slab, hand-building, and mold-making techniques, which can be used to create plates, bowls, platters, tiles, and other flatware. Students will have an opportunity to design and make their own molds using clay, wood, and plaster. In addition to designing their own custom molds and tools, students will also have the opportunity to use existing molds and tools to create their own work. The goal of the workshop is for the student to leave well-equipped and motivated to expand his or her body of ceramic work with a variety of shallow forms.Click on the workshop title to learn more, and click here to view the entire 2013 catalog. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Joseph Delphia lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he creates wood-fired functional pottery. He makes work for everyday use, and hopes that his pots become objects that spend more time in the hand than on a shelf. Joseph is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied arts education, ceramics, and sculpture. He is a member of the cooperative clay studio at the Union Project, and is a faculty member in the art department at the Community College of Allegheny County, where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture.
  14. May 9–13 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Teapots Instructor: Sam Chung Intermediate–Advanced | $400 Extended Weekend Workshop This workshop will focus on the teapot and its history, function, and design. We will work toward bringing together all of the elements of this complex form with the goal of creating a balanced and thoughtful design. I will demonstrate various methods for making and assembling bodies, spouts, lids, and handles using both wheel throwing and slab construction. We will explore ways to bring together multiple forming processes within an individual teapot. Participants will be encouraged to develop or enhance their own designs through research, drawing, and experimentation. Click on the workshop title to learn more, and click here to view the entire 2013 catalog. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Sam Chung is a ceramic artist, designer, and educator living in Tempe, Arizona, where he is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Arizona State University. His work is inspired by pottery form, function, history, and contemporary design. He has exhibited at the Harvey/Meadows Gallery, AKAR Gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Greenwich House Pottery, Lacoste Gallery, and Taipei County Yingge Museum. Sam’s work is included in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum (California), Icheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center (Denmark), and San Angelo Museum ofFine Arts (Texas).
  15. June 24–28 at Touchstone Center for Crafts Covered Jars: Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing Instructor: Steven Hill Intermediate – Advanced | $800 Weeklong Workshop In this workshop, we will focus on lids, how to make them fit, and the visual relationship between the lid and the pot. Most thrown pots with lids are variations on two basic types. The gallery can either be located on the rim of the pot or on the edge of the lid. When glazing, we will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel-burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. We will fire at cone 6 oxidation. This will be an intermediate-to-advanced workshop. Demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcome as well. Click on the workshop title to learn more. For 25% campus lodging discount type EarlyBird2013 when signing up. Discount will be applied on final invoice. Steven Hill earned his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. His work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows, and featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada, and has written many ceramics articles. In 1998, Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois, in 2006. He is currently doing what he does best: making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops, and letting someone else take care of business!
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