Have you ever been to a workshop? | June 12, 2013
Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:44 AM
For the past week And a half I've had the fabulous experience of taking a workshop at La Meridiana in Tuscany with Mark Hewitt. it's been fun seeing the Potters Council group here while they are taking their workshop and trip with Marcia Selsor. Have you ever been to a workshop? Who was it with and where was it? What was your experience? What did you enjoy the most. What factoid was alone worth the price of admission?
Board Member, Potters Council
Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:32 PM
I have attended numerous workshops, and although I got something out of all of them, I find that I get more out of the later workshops, as my skills have grown and I can apply the knowledge better.
My most recent workshop was with Tony Clennell, watching him explaining and throwing his large work, and approach to handles. He made a prodigious amount of work, got Ron Myers to come by, and in general inspired his audience. Using the technique, I was able to put together a 30+ pound "Texas Sugar Bowl" when I returned to my home studio.That one made it nice to know I can make the big work that once seemed so beyond my ability.
Before that there was a Steven Hill workshop that had a hands-on portion where we were able to apply his knowledge and technique to our pots using his glazes. From that one I had a pot that was awarded Second in Show in a 3-D show. With his guidance, I corrected some spraying errors and now spray most of my glazes.
From a Jennifer McCurdy workshop explaining her technique, I learned that incredibly ethereal pieces can be made (even by me) with application of a little knowledge of structure, when to work the clay, and specific techniques. Several of my favorite pieces were made after that workshop.
Fong Choo's workshop was my first, and introduced me to one of my clay heroes I found during seeking clay education through YouTube videos. He shares with me a penchant for making tools for clay work, and there is a tool he demonstrated, and that I made a version of, that I use every time I work at the wheel. Even though it was my first workshop, some of the things I learned in his workshop are reflected in almost every pot I make in some way. He even demonstrated making handles with reeds and discussed marketing with us, which have also showed up much later in my work and sales presentation.
All were enjoyable, and it is good to see other potters and hear their tales in the company of like minded folks. Occasionally something will pop up while making that wasn't an active choice, but a lightbulb moment of realization of a technique demonstrated or discussed during a workshop, and another chance to apply the knowledge.
The workshop you just experienced is one on my bucket list.
Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:53 PM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:24 AM
Paul was a real energetic demonstrator. t was a life long inspiration. Just finished one with Paola Paronetto and Pietro Maddelena on Soft Raku with the Potters Council group at La Meridiana
Check out the terra sig ..wow!
Professor Emerita Montana State University-Billings
Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:18 PM
Posted 19 June 2013 - 04:18 AM
Studio: schoenmann ceramics
Advisory Board Member;
Potters Council of The
American Ceramic Society
Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:45 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:08 AM
I'd love to take a workshop from Jennifer McCurdey too, like Celia UK.
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