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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
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