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Bryan Hopkins: Porcelain Vessels From Function To Dysfunction Wksp / August 16 & 17...

17 March 2014 - 11:51 AM

Bryan Hopkins: Porcelain Vessels from Function to Dysfunction

WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, August 16 & 17, 2014

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member

 

In this hands-on workshop participants will push their creative limits, as well as the physical limits of porcelain. Porcelain will be used and exploited for its unique and amazing plastic and fired qualities. Bryan will demonstrate his methods for combining wheel-thrown elements to create unique utilitarian forms and vessels. Participants will investigate a range of surface textures and construction methods through the use of bisque molds, x-Acto knives, wood carving tools and water etching.  These surface enhancements will be employed to create new dimensions on the forms while emphasizing the translucent beauty of porcelain. The workshop will offer a balance of instructor demonstration, image presentation, one-on-one attention and student work time to explore avenues.  This course is open to both wheel-workers and hand-builders and requires a basic working knowledge of clay coupled with a willingness to explore new ideas before enrolling.  

 

Bryan Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, PA. He was a mathematics major at West Chester University when he took his first ceramics class. Bryan went on to earn an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Bryan has been a studio potter working in porcelain since 1990, and has lived in Buffalo, NY, since 1995.  Bryan works as Adjunct Professor of Ceramics and 3-D Design for Niagara County Community College, and has also taught at Medaille College, SUNY at New Paltz, and SUNY at Fredonia.  Bryan’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally, including the NCECA Clay National Biennial (2005 & 2009), the Craft Guild of Dallas, TX, MudFire Clayworks in Decatur, GA and SOFA Chicago and his work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, 500 Vases, and Best of 500 Ceramics.  Bryan is a founding participant in Objective Clay, a diverse on-line craft forum sharing ideas and new work from 14 utilitarian ceramic artists. Learn more about Bryan’s work and process at www.hopkinspottery.com

 

WS03 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, August 16 & 17, 2014

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members

 

Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209

www.baltimoreclayworks.org


Adam Field: Cultivating Inspirations In Clay Wksp / May 3 & 4 / Baltimore Clayworks

10 January 2014 - 12:43 PM

Adam Field

Nature Tradition: Cultivating Inspirations in Clay

WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 3 & 4, 2014

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member

 

In this two-day workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. From traditional techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, participants will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. Participants will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns and will have a hands-on opportunity to try out Field’s techniques and tools for themselves. Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice.  All skill levels are welcome in this workshop, sketchbooks are encouraged.

 

Born and raised in Colorado, Adam earned his BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years, he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco bay area, where he began his full time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Ill Mahn. In 2013 he created and premiered HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston, TX. After maintaining his studio in Durango, CO for 5 years, Adam recently moved to Helena, MT where he is currently a long-term artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation. His works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally.

 

WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 3 & 4, 2014

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members

 

Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209

www.baltimoreclayworks.org


Pottery On The Hill / November 1-3, 2013 / Hill Center At The Old Naval Hospital

29 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

In November, sixteen nationally-recognized ceramic artists bring their recently-fired, colorful, and durable creations to Hill Center for show and sale. Learn more about these artists and follow their work from links to each on the right side of this page. There, you will find closeup images of their works and links to their websites and blogs.

Pottery on the Hill kicks off with a special Preview Reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013. Ticketholders will receive the first chance to purchase pieces and speak with the artists. Tickets are $25 and available here

 

The sixteen artists will show and sell their pottery from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and 12 Noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. Mark your calendars, because this is a unique opportunity to see these 16 nationally renowned artists in one spot right here on Capitol Hill.

This year, we're thrilled to welcome Chris Cooley, professional athlete and potter to Pottery on the Hill on Saturday, November 2. Chris will show and sell his work, but also give talks at 12 and 2 p.m. about the intersections of Sports and Art. You can learn more about Chris' appearance at Hill Center here.

Cheyenne Kim, horticulturist for the Smithsonian Institution and the floral designer behind the beautiful arrangements at the Sackler Gallery, will host two floral arranging workshops on Friday, November 1 prior to the Preview Reception. Learn how to make show stopping arrangements from one of the best designers in DC. See details for his AM Session and PM Session online.

 


Jennifer Mccurdy: Wheel Thrown Porcelain / February 15 & 16, 2014/ Baltimore Clayworks

29 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

Jennifer McCurdy

Testing the Limits of Porcelain: Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculpture

WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member

 

This 2-day demonstration/discussion based workshop that will explore basic wedging, centering, and throwing techniques unique to porcelain.  McCurdy will take participants through the production process of forming the cylinder followed by the technique of “dry throwing”, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece.  Next, she will show her technique of altering these pieces off the wheel to create soft shadow ad movement.   Day two will demonstrate carving techniques on leather hard porcelain vessels.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion of sanding techniques and firing strategies for porcelain which take advantage of the material’s qualities. 

McCurdy will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity” inherent in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages; from wet to bone dry and finally through vitrification; the transformation of porous clay to translucent porcelain through heat fusion, a process that occurs in the firing.  Jen will offer candid conversation about the creative process, the importance and value of setting personal goals and about the development and transition of her work over the past thirty years while offering tips on making a living in the art world.  This course is recommended for students with a working knowledge of clay coupled with a willingness to explore new ideas before enrolling.  

JenniferMcCurdy received a BFA from Michigan State University in 1979 and then learned how to formulate and throw porcelain at Florida Atlantic University under John McCoy in 1980. She has been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last thirty years, and her work is included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.  She maintains a studio in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.  Her focus on the reflective and bone-like quality of the bare porcelain has led her to explore the light and shadow of the clay forms, resulting in a unique melding of line and structure.  She is looking forward to sharing some of the tricks she has learned along the way – tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain.  Perspective students are encouraged to review Jennifer’s website at www.jennifermccurdy.com.

WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members

Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209


Jack Troy – Pottery Forms Wksp / November 9 & 10 / Baltimore Clayworks

13 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

Jack Troy – Pottery Forms: Intention and Happenstance

WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 9 & 10

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member

 

This 2-day demonstration/discussion workshop includes presentations on Japanese teabowls as well as both contemporary and historic pots to help enlarge our approach to our persoanl work and emphasize the evolution of personal forms — pots with a unique identity. Using the cup as a take-off point, Jack will demonstrate how the cup reflects a concern for functional and aesthetic values, including surface decoration, tactile qualities, inside-outside considerations, spontaneity and control, as well as focusing attention on the cup as a whole: weight, lip, foot, body, handle.  Thrown cups will be altered by faceting, carving, paddling, stamping and heavy slip application. His most recent, tactile, sculptural teabowls are altered significantly from thrown components.  Jack will demonstrate extending the scale of work, and will apply a variety of altering techniques to thrown forms while addressing how and why some pieces are made specifically to be fired with wood. Pitchers, jars, and bowls of various scales with be thrown and altered, befriending asymmetry.

Jack Troy's anecdotal style of information-sharing covers a wide range of topics, including technical and aesthetic issues in ceramics, personal goals, and the dilemma of being a literate potter while knowing that most of the world's best pots were made by people who couldn't read, write, or do glaze calculation.  The aim of the workshop will be to meet each other and exchange ideas that help extend our personal knowledge of forming and firing so the choices we make about our work might enliven the clay we use.  Participants are asked to bring with them 2 pots “lived with over time” – one made by the individual and one by someone else – to illustrate two types of “meaning” with regard to how a piece convey’s significance to us.

 

2013 is Jack Troy’s 51tst year of making pots. During the past year he fired 11 different kilns, including the anagama at Golden Bridge Pottery, in Pondicherry, India, in February 2013, where he taught his 230th workshop.  Other events include workshops in Washington State, at Fern Hill Pottery, Brush Prairie; and Shoreline Community College, Seattle.  In Maine, he held a Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, judged the 2012 Strictly Functional Pottery National exhibition, and received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). His education in ceramics has included trips to 26 countries.  Having published over 80 articles in ceramics publications, he also wrote Salt Glazed Ceramics, Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain, and Calling the Planet Home, [poems]. His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private.

He has said, “I made my first pot - a wretched little bowl with a pitted glaze - in November, 1962. This simple act changed my life, leading me to believe, 51 years later, that potters may change the world for the better, one handful at a time.

“We potters finish our work, but only others can complete it, through use. Pottery, then, is only finished once, but can be completed endlessly, by a succession of users, keeping it active in a variety of settings.”

 

WS05 - Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, November 9 & 10

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members

 

Register on-line or contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

 

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209

www.baltimoreclayworks.org