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Thrown, Altered, And Decorated | Jennifer Allen | Touchstone Center For Crafts | May 9–11

06 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

Jennifer Allen
All Levels | $200
Weekend Workshop
 
In this weekend workshop, students will examine ways to manipulate pots both on and off the wheel by using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Experimenting with darting techniques as a means to achieve out-of-round profiles will be explored. Jennifer will help you discover ways to construct spouts, handles, and other forms from a variety paper patterns, and play with bisque molds as a way to expand ideas of form. You will also learn how to compose decoration on a three-dimensional form using slip, glaze, and underglaze. Basic wheel knowledge would be helpful, but is not necessary.  
 

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Jennifer Allen currently teaches ceramics at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (2002), and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington (2006). The National Council for the Education of Ceramics (NCECA) named Jennifer as a 2008 National Emerging Artist. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2012, Jennifer presented at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, she and thirteen other presenters developed an online ceramic collective called Objective Clay. In addition to studio work and teaching, Jennifer is a new mom. Learn more about her work at jenallenceramics.com.


Dinnerware: Atmospheric Effects For Electric Firing | Steven Hill | Touchstone Center F...

30 January 2014 - 01:41 PM

July 27–August 2 at Touchstone Center for Crafts
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.
 

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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


Teapots: Atmospheric Effects For Electric Firing | Steven Hill | Touchstone Center For...

30 January 2014 - 01:36 PM

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.

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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

 


Low Fire Surface Design | Christy Culp | Touchstone Center For Crafts | April 25–27

14 January 2014 - 08:33 AM

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.

 

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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.

 


Antoinette Badenhorst workshop from July 22–26 at Touchstone

12 June 2013 - 02:52 PM

July 22–26 at Touchstone Center for Crafts
The Character of Porcelain
Instructor: Antoinette Badenhorst

Intermediate–Advanced | $500
Weeklong Workshop

Understand the character of porcelain and you will be able to push your own limits. Improve clay skills as you throw and press-mold thin, well-crafted pots, discovering how to adjust them into beautiful, sculptural vessels. Even if you don't continue working with porcelain in the future, the principles and approaches learned in this weeklong workshop will refresh and energize your approach to clay. For potters or for students of intermediate to advanced levels. No porcelain experience is needed.

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Antoinette Badenhorst started her pottery career in South Africa in 1981, and began to specialize in porcelain in 1995. Her work is internationally exhibited in South Africa, the United States, Japan, and Europe. Her passion for pottery spills over into teaching and writing about clay in Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly,Ceramics Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL, and Clay Times. Her own ceramic work is widely published.