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Hand-Building and Surface Decoration with Danna Rzecznik

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From August 13 to 17 take Hand-Building and Surface Decoration with Danna Rzecznik at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Tuition is $495 for this week long workshop in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. NCECA members receive 5% off tuition and Touchstone is offering 15% off all lodging options for the summer and fall of 2012.


This workshop focuses on hand-building functional and sculptural ceramics with soft slab construction techniques. Students will create paper patterns, drape and slump molds, and utilize surface decoration techniques which incorporate the use of texture, engobes, stains and glazes. The class will create their own texture stamps, and observe forms in nature to use as a source of inspiration for the design of their pieces. Students are encouraged to sketch, design and consider the relationship of the form to the surface decoration throughout the entire process of creating. Students will also challenge the notion of function by creating functional vessels or sculptural forms that break away from the types of forms and surfaces typically used in traditional wheel-thrown pottery. This course is a fun way to learn new techniques, experiment with form and surface and let your creativity flow.


Danna Eve Rzecznik is currently an MFA ceramics candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned a BFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a K-12 Art Education Certification from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She was a 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist scholarship winner, and attended Penland School of Craft on a scholarship in 2005. Her work is currently featured in the Store at the Society for Contemporary Craft, and she has shown her work at Baltimore Clayworks; Celadon-A Clay Art Gallery in Watermill, NY; GalleriE CHIZ in Pittsburgh; and Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley. Danna has taught classes, workshops and outreach at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Father Ryan Art Center, Gannon University and Carlow University.

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