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Sharif Bey workshop from July 15-19 at Touchstone

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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.

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