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  1. Jenny Mendes Workshop Awakening the Possibilities: Terra Cotta Jungle WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 11 & 12 2016 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member This hands-on, two day workshop is for anyone who wants to awaken the possibilities in their ceramic work through the imaginative use of color decoration. Jenny will demonstrate various vibrant ways to approach the surface as a painter, by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides. Simple hand-built forms and tiles will serve as your canvas. She will share her “low tech method†of making terra sigillata. The emphasis will be on helping participants relax so they can play with color, texture and imagery on the surface of their work. A willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory is the only prerequisite! All levels welcome. Jenny Mendes earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982, and has been a full time studio artist since 1994. Jenny is an internationally recognized ceramic artist working primarily with clay to create hand-built and decorated ceramics. She exhibits her ceramic artwork nationally at galleries and juried shows. Since completing a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, she has completed additional short-term residencies in France, Slovenia, Macedonia, and the US. She currently resides in Ohio, teaches an occasional workshop, and gardens for pleasure. Artist Statement Using clay as my primary material, I have found an entry way into my subconscious. I work intuitively with a palate comprised of many things. First I create a structure which I overlay with painted patterns of emotional experience, sensory based memories, cellular formations, and other discoveries. Working within a human/animal narrative, I engage in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into my world. WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 11 & 12, 2016 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member
  2. Deborah Bedwell Workshop Surface Academy: Velvet Underglazes, Classroom Engobes and More! WS04 – Saturday, 10-4pm, May 21, 2016 Fee: $100 member/$115 non-member Scribble, doodle and dot! This 1-day workshop will introduce students to the colorful world of velvet underglazes, engobe slips and more. Participants will explore application techniques underneath glaze and on top of the glaze surface in this class. This class will encourage you to utilize line and color on your ceramic pieces while you learn how to bring a casual, playful, graphic sensibility to pottery making. Participants are encouraged to bring both leatherhard and bisque, either porcelain or stoneware, and experiment with the classroom materials. Open to all levels of artists with curious minds, previous clay experience is recommended, potters or hand-builders welcome. DEBORAH BEDWELL is one of the founding artists of Baltimore Clayworks and led the organization as the founding Executive Director from 1980-2011. Beginning in 2012 Deborah was elected NCECA President Elect. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College (KY), a master’s degree from Towson State University (MD), and studied arts management at U. Mass. Amherst. She has received much acclaim for her success in creating Clayworks’ community arts programs, which has made the arts accessible to underserved individuals throughout Baltimore and the region. Her extensive knowledge of contemporary ceramics has taken her throughout the US and abroad where she has served as a panelist, curator, lecturer and workshop presenter. In addition she is an accomplished potter who continues to exhibit her clay work both locally and nationally. In the 1st quarter of 2013 she worked as artist-in-residence at Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan ROC. WS04 – Saturday, 10-4pm, May 21 Fee: $100 Members; $115 Non-members Contact Matt Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org or Mary Cloonan at mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  3. Kevin Snipes Workshop Heck Yeah: Creativity and Clay WS04 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 14 & 15 2016 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member Artist Talk: Saturday May 14 at 6pm. Free and open to the public. Heck Yeah! - Creativity and Clay. Come explore the right side of your brain with Kevin Snipes and clay. Stretch, poke, prod, shape, squish and draw out those ideas! Working with both 2 and 3-D materials, he will help you unleash the hidden images and talents buried in your psyche. Engage in fun ways to invigorate your imagination with drawing, painting, collage and sculpting. Brainstorming with paper and pencil can lead to unexpected twists and turns that can be transferred to your ceramic art. Ceramic surface techniques and creating forms will be explored. This is open to all skill levels and artists from a variety of media. Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he is. Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work. www.Kevinsnipes.com Contact Mary Cloonan at mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  4. You know your farmer. Now meet your potter. Pottery on the Hill welcomes 16 of the nation’s top ceramic artists “Farm to table†refers not only to the fresh, local produce you buy from the farmer himself. It’s also about bringing food to the table looking its best. That means it’s time to talk to a potter. The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30-November 1, is a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work. “Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,†says Dan Finnegan, the show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.†The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Some are whimsical while others are refined. Most are wheel thrown but have hand-built elements. These potters use bright colors as well as more subdued tones. Artists featured in Pottery on the Hill include: Bob Briscoe (Harris, MN) Trista Depp Chapman (Fredericksburg, VA) Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA) Warren Frederick (Warrenton, VA) Bruce Gholson (Seagrove, NC) Samantha Henneke (Seagrove, NC) Matthew Hyleck (Baltimore, MD) Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC) Suze Lindsay (Bakersville, NC) Kent McLaughlin (Bakersville, NC) Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY) Donna Polseno (Floyd, VA) Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA) Gertrude Graham Smith (Penland, NC) Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA) Catherine White (Warrenton, VA). Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception offers the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn their inspiration and purchase pieces. The first 100 guests will receive a beer sampler crafted by a potter. Tickets are available online. The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Additionally, a Pottery Slam, where potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience, and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces, will take place at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003 202.549.4172 programs@HillCenterDC.org
  5. This 2-day workshop will explore an array of leatherhard and bisqueware decorative options to enhance your pottery surface. Demonstrations are divided into two sections: pre and post firing. Initial explorations will begin in the green-ware stage to include the use of slip, slip trailing, sprigging, as well as trimming. In the bisqueware portion, glaze strategies will be investigated with trailing and waxing techniques demonstrated. Upon the completion of this workshop you will be armed with a variety of skills to apply towards your future pottery practice. Participants will have the opportunity to employ these ideas through their own work during both days. Please bring a sketchbook, personal potting tools, assorted brushes and any reference material you would like to incorporate in your work (photos, drawings, etc.) Bio Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002. He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and shows since 2000. His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country. Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 16 & 17, 2016 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Mary Cloonan at mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  6. Sue Tirrell Workshop: Folkloric Pottery with a Modern Sensibility WS04 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 7 & 8, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member In this 2-day hands-on workshop Sue will demonstrate the construction and decoration techniques she employs to create her colorful, animal-centric porcelain pottery. Using both the potter’s wheel and hand-building techniques Sue will demonstrate her unique approach to form and surface, drawing and carving, and the use of color to weave the pottery narrative. Additional discussion topics will cover Idea generation – folklore, allegory, material meaning and personal narrative – as they help to shape and inform the work. Participants will have the opportunity to employ these ideas through their own work during both days. Please bring a sketchbook, personal carving tools and any reference material you would like to incorporate in your work (photos, drawings, etc.) Bio Born and raised in Red Lodge, MT, Sue Tirrell received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997. She served as Education Director for the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, MT for seven years where she implemented arts education outreach to rural schools and communities. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; California State University, Chico; and the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City (also director of education from 1998 to 2005). Tirrell's work has been included in regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions and museums. Sue's work explores themes of the West and nature. She investigates cultural stereotypes of the west in a witty and whimsical way with her cowgirls and cowboys that have an underlying tongue and cheek humor to them playing with sentiment, nostalgia and kitsch. Her rich glazes have a seductive quality while the work refers to several ceramic traditions from Greek to Chinese to Folk art. Tirrell's work has continued to gain widespread attention and acclaim. In 2006, images of her work were published in the book "500 Animals in Clay" (Lark Books). WS04 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 7 & 8, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  7. Kelly & Kyle Phelps: The Narrative Figure Workshop WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 27 & 28, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member Kelly and Kyle Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques they use to create figurative relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how their work is created and discuss how the use of the figure can be the perfect vehicle to talk about topics like but not limited to social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial Idea generation – music, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, and final presentation will be revealed. In this hands on workshop, the twins will create high relief figurative - narratives that will be influenced by their blue-collar working class background. Bio Identical twin brothers Kelly and Kyle Phelps are Associate Professors at private Catholic universities in Ohio. Kelly Phelps is an Associate Professor/Chair at Xavier University, Cincinnati, where he over sees the sculpture department. Kyle is an Associate Professor at University Dayton, OH, where he is the head of the ceramics department. Much of the twins’ work is about the blue collar working-class, race relations and the everyday struggles of the common man and woman. Both Kelly and Kyle continue to work collaboratively to create their artwork at their studio in Centerville, Ohio. The Phelps twins have conducted workshops at the highly respected Penland School of Craft Arts as well as the Baltimore Clayworks. The twins share numerous grants, regional and national exhibitions, and commissions. More notable private collectors of the twins work are in the hands of film director Michael Moore, and actor Morgan Freeman as well as a major review in the world acclaimed Sculpture Magazine and American Craft Magazine. Before entering the world of academia, becoming professors, tenure, and most recently sabbatical, the twins experienced firsthand what the struggles of the working class were really about! The twins grew up in a blue-collar/factory environment in Indiana where they were inspired by family members and friends who worked in various manufacturing plants, steel mills, and foundries. These everyday people became working class heroes that has inspired over a decade of working class art. For a number of years the twins have produced work that incorporates both the hand-crafted (ceramic and resin cast forms) juxtaposed with found objects/site specific objects. Kyle and Kelly have combined gears, corrugated metal and scrap-machined parts along with modeled ceramic/resin cast figures to create a visual narrative composition about the blue-collar experience. It is important for the twins to continue to combine hand-crafted ceramic forms together with these found objects to give their work an authentic sense of place and time. The found objects are in sense historical artifacts. Much of Kyle and Kelly’s work not only allows the viewer to visualize their created compositions, but also allows the viewer to evoke their other senses as well. Some of the found objects that they have incorporated into the work are soot-covered or soaked in cutting machine oils that emit a distinctive odor commonly found in automotive factories. WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 27 & 28, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  8. Joe Campbell – The Potter’s Brush Workshop WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, April 25 & 26, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member The tools we use in our studio can and should be an integral part of what we say with our work, and their voice should be heard. Good brushes, chosen for their particular ability, and used with skill, are critical to the success of our pieces. In this 2-day, hands on workshop, we will visit the history of the potter’s brush, explore techniques for the application of ceramic materials, and learn to build good ceramic brushes. Slides, videos, handouts, and instructor demonstrations will weave together the process for making brushes, and their skillful use with slips, engobes, underglazes, glazes, and wax resist. During the class students will make 3 brushes of their choosing, and have the time and opportunity to enhance their decorating skills using these new tools and new knowledge. All necessary materials for brush construction will be provided. Joe Campbell has been making pots for over 45 years, and making his own fine brushes for over 25. He is Professor Emeritus from Frederick Community College, having retired after 33 years of college level instruction in Ceramics and Art. Joe received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 1976, and his BS in Ceramics from Frostburg State College in 1973. His ceramic work has always been involved with the making of vessels, with a particular focus on the surface. “Yes from a functional standpoint, I want my pieces to work well, but shame on me if that is all they do. Great pots should strive to be every bit as engaging as a good painting or sculpture, and have as an added bonus, their physical function in our kitchens and our homes. This has always been my challenge in the studio. †His brushes are a natural outgrowth of this same challenge, seeking to be great decorating tools, and beautiful, intimate little pieces of sculpture in their own right. Joe has conducted numerous workshops in brush making and decorating throughout the nation, and done artist in residence stays from Watershed in Maine, to Tierra Hermosa Studios in New Mexico. WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, April 25 & 26, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  9. WS05 – Kate Borcherding: Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture Kate Borcherding Developing Narrative Figurative Sculpture WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member Public artist lecture Friday, 7-8pm, November 14 – RSVP matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org This 2-day, fast-paced workshop explores ideas in developing narrative figurative ceramics and multiple techniques in building and finishing. Through a series of demonstrations, hand-outs (both in class and as take away resources) and hands-on thumbnail exercises, students will become familiar with Kate’s personal approach to constructing narrative scultpure. Students will explore the process of harnessing ideas, advancing the content to form a narrative through a variety of modeling methods and surface approaches to create narrative assemblages. Demonstrations will address a variety of resource material gathering, mark-making methods, construction approaches and surface finishing techniques. Be prepared to engage mind and body for a breakthrough experience in narrative figurative ceramics. Kate Borcherding (born October 26, 1960) is an American artist working in mixed media. Her artistic style is both neoclassical and postmodern. Her art mainly focuses on the human figure, and is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers. Her ceramic work focuses on the creation of assemblages incorporating either the human form or a personification of an object. She makes use of visual symbols which she extracts and extends from the direct observation of an environment including important cultural, architectural or technological representations. Projecting the object into the observers’ psychological space compels observers to “dive in†with their own humanity as an emotive participant in order to unfold the inner narrative of the art. Through this re-living of an inner world of an important period and place a universal moment from the past becomes alive. Borcherding’s site specific environmental sculpture pushes the space relationship between object and observer even further so that the observer walks into and on the art. Her long studio career is complemented with a commitment to art education which she fulfills thru printmaking, ceramic and life drawing workshops. She is currently developing a drawing and anatomy curriculum for online education under the moniker “Art Teamâ€. She is also an art professor at Sam Houston State University where she has been employed since 1993. During the academic year she lives on a working horse and cattle ranch in Texas. The cool of summer is enjoyed in and around Madison, Wisconsin with her mother, artist Joan Jelinek, and her four brothers. “Knowledge of places is therefore closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping ones’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community". (Basso, 1996). WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  10. Mark Shapiro Workshop – Teapots: Brew / Pour / More WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member For the potter, teapots are entrancing objects to make. They have a long and rich history that evokes social rituals and intercultural connections. They have long been collected and displayed, and ceramic teapots remain the first choice for brewing tea. They are still commonly used, though other ceramic forms have been replaced by other kinds of vessels. Technically teapots present the challenge of designing and integrating multiple parts—spout, lid, handle, foot, knob—in addition to the usual questions of clay, surface, and firing. As such, the teapot is a classic potter’s performance, in which the drama of ceramic inspiration and mastery unfolds. A functional teapot must successfully brew and pour tea, but what else can a teapot do? In this 2-day workshop participants will look at the parts that make the whole, focusing on ergonomics, proportion, and the harmony of elements. What makes a great teapot, one that you want to use again and again? This workshop will attempt to unfold some of those qualities by learning from outstanding examples and thinking about how to capture such excellence in our own teapots and related wares. Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209
  11. Yoshi Fujii Seductive Elegance – Carving on Clay SF04 –Sunday, 10-4pm, July 20, 2014 Fee: $60 member/$85 non-member This 1-day workshop will introduce students to surface embellishment through carving the leather-hard surface. Yoshi will demonstrate using the potter’s wheel to create functional objects (simple cup & bowl forms) to serve as a collection point for visual inspiration. Students will explore the elegant quality of porcelain and seductive beauty possible through hand-carved pattern. Previous clay experience is required, open to hand-builders or potters. Students may choose to bring leather-hard pots or tiles with them, grog-free clay recommended. Course fee includes bisque firing. Yoshi Fujii is currently a resident artist and was the recipient of the 2008–09 Lormina Salter Fellowship and the newest addition to the Clayworks as well as the city of Baltimore. Yoshi received his B.F.A from University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. His interest is in wheel-thrown porcelain utilitarian and sculptural work. His current work and additional information are available at: www.yoshifujii.com SF04 –Sunday, 10-4pm, July 20, 2014 Fee: $60 member/$85 non-member Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  12. Bryan Hopkins: Porcelain Vessels from Function to Dysfunction WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, August 16 & 17, 2014 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member In this hands-on workshop participants will push their creative limits, as well as the physical limits of porcelain. Porcelain will be used and exploited for its unique and amazing plastic and fired qualities. Bryan will demonstrate his methods for combining wheel-thrown elements to create unique utilitarian forms and vessels. Participants will investigate a range of surface textures and construction methods through the use of bisque molds, x-Acto knives, wood carving tools and water etching. These surface enhancements will be employed to create new dimensions on the forms while emphasizing the translucent beauty of porcelain. The workshop will offer a balance of instructor demonstration, image presentation, one-on-one attention and student work time to explore avenues. This course is open to both wheel-workers and hand-builders and requires a basic working knowledge of clay coupled with a willingness to explore new ideas before enrolling. Bryan Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, PA. He was a mathematics major at West Chester University when he took his first ceramics class. Bryan went on to earn an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Bryan has been a studio potter working in porcelain since 1990, and has lived in Buffalo, NY, since 1995. Bryan works as Adjunct Professor of Ceramics and 3-D Design for Niagara County Community College, and has also taught at Medaille College, SUNY at New Paltz, and SUNY at Fredonia. Bryan’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally, including the NCECA Clay National Biennial (2005 & 2009), the Craft Guild of Dallas, TX, MudFire Clayworks in Decatur, GA and SOFA Chicago and his work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, 500 Vases, and Best of 500 Ceramics. Bryan is a founding participant in Objective Clay, a diverse on-line craft forum sharing ideas and new work from 14 utilitarian ceramic artists. Learn more about Bryan’s work and process at www.hopkinspottery.com WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, August 16 & 17, 2014 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  13. Adam Field Nature Tradition: Cultivating Inspirations in Clay WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 3 & 4, 2014 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member In this two-day workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. From traditional techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, participants will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. Participants will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns and will have a hands-on opportunity to try out Field’s techniques and tools for themselves. Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice. All skill levels are welcome in this workshop, sketchbooks are encouraged. Born and raised in Colorado, Adam earned his BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years, he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco bay area, where he began his full time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Ill Mahn. In 2013 he created and premiered HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston, TX. After maintaining his studio in Durango, CO for 5 years, Adam recently moved to Helena, MT where he is currently a long-term artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation. His works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally. Learn more about Adam’s work and process at www.AdamFieldPottery.com WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 3 & 4, 2014 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 www.baltimoreclayworks.org
  14. In November, sixteen nationally-recognized ceramic artists bring their recently-fired, colorful, and durable creations to Hill Center for show and sale. Learn more about these artists and follow their work from links to each on the right side of this page. There, you will find closeup images of their works and links to their websites and blogs. Sam Taylor Ryan Greenheck Naomi Dalglish Michael Kline Michael Hunt Matthew Hyleck Mark Shapiro Mark Hewitt Dan Finnegan Catherine White Bruce Gholson Bob Briscoe Warren Frederick Trista Depp Chapman Stacy Snyder Samantha Henneke Pottery on the Hill kicks off with a special Preview Reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013. Ticketholders will receive the first chance to purchase pieces and speak with the artists. Tickets are $25 and available here. The sixteen artists will show and sell their pottery from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and 12 Noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. Mark your calendars, because this is a unique opportunity to see these 16 nationally renowned artists in one spot right here on Capitol Hill. This year, we're thrilled to welcome Chris Cooley, professional athlete and potter to Pottery on the Hill on Saturday, November 2. Chris will show and sell his work, but also give talks at 12 and 2 p.m. about the intersections of Sports and Art. You can learn more about Chris' appearance at Hill Center here. Cheyenne Kim, horticulturist for the Smithsonian Institution and the floral designer behind the beautiful arrangements at the Sackler Gallery, will host two floral arranging workshops on Friday, November 1 prior to the Preview Reception. Learn how to make show stopping arrangements from one of the best designers in DC. See details for his AM Session and PM Session online.
  15. Jennifer McCurdy Testing the Limits of Porcelain: Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculpture WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member This 2-day demonstration/discussion based workshop that will explore basic wedging, centering, and throwing techniques unique to porcelain. McCurdy will take participants through the production process of forming the cylinder followed by the technique of “dry throwingâ€, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece. Next, she will show her technique of altering these pieces off the wheel to create soft shadow ad movement. Day two will demonstrate carving techniques on leather hard porcelain vessels. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of sanding techniques and firing strategies for porcelain which take advantage of the material’s qualities. McCurdy will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity†inherent in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages; from wet to bone dry and finally through vitrification; the transformation of porous clay to translucent porcelain through heat fusion, a process that occurs in the firing. Jen will offer candid conversation about the creative process, the importance and value of setting personal goals and about the development and transition of her work over the past thirty years while offering tips on making a living in the art world. This course is recommended for students with a working knowledge of clay coupled with a willingness to explore new ideas before enrolling. JenniferMcCurdy received a BFA from Michigan State University in 1979 and then learned how to formulate and throw porcelain at Florida Atlantic University under John McCoy in 1980. She has been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last thirty years, and her work is included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. She maintains a studio in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Her focus on the reflective and bone-like quality of the bare porcelain has led her to explore the light and shadow of the clay forms, resulting in a unique melding of line and structure. She is looking forward to sharing some of the tricks she has learned along the way – tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain. Perspective students are encouraged to review Jennifer’s website at www.jennifermccurdy.com. WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209
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