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Baltimore Clayworks Workshop - David MacDonald - Put a Lid on It - April 27-28, 2024

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An intensive 2-day demonstration only workshop dedicated to introducing, experimenting and the mastery of several of the basic “lidding system” used in potteryThe course will focus on lids for wheel-thrown forms; how to make them fit well. There will be daily demonstrations and discussions of the aesthetics of lidded forms and the relative proportions of the various parts (i.e. lid to body, handles and knobs). There will be an opportunity to experiment with alternative lidding solutions as well.    


Participants should have sufficient experience on the potter’s wheel to be able to create basic forms; such as, cylinders, bowls and vase forms.  This workshop is open to all skill levels: intermediate - advanced.


Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, April 27 and Sunday 10:00-5:00pm, April 28

There will be a break for lunch both days.  

Fee: $210 member/$225 non-member  

If you are curious about David MacDonald's workshop but haven't decided whether or not to sign up you may consider attending his Artist Talk.  This will take place on Tuesday, April 2 from 12:30-1:30pm. 


Artist Biographical Statement

A native of New Jersey, Professor David MacDonald received his Bachelor of Arts degree (in Art Education) from Hampton University, where he studied under the noted African American ceramic artist Joseph Gilliard. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied under noted African American ceramic artist Robert Stull.

After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1971, he joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at Syracuse University.

Professor MacDonald’s creative work is mostly inspired by his investigation of his African heritage. Looking at a variety of design sources in the vast creative traditions of the African continent; Professor MacDonald draws much of his inspiration from the myriad examples of surface decoration that are manifested in the many ethnic groups of sub-Saharan Africa (such as pottery decoration, textiles, body decoration and architectural decoration).

Professor MacDonald’s work is represented in many public and private collections throughout the nation. His work has also been featured in several ceramic textbooks and magazines; and he has been featured in several nationally televised TV programs such as HGTV's Modern Masters and PBS's Craftsmen's Legacy. After retiring from Syracuse University in 2008, he was awarded Emeritus Professor status; and in 2011 he was given the Excellent in Teaching Award from The National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts. At Syracuse University Commencement in 2022 Professor MacDonald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

Since his retirement, he has been active lecturing across the country, volunteering in his community and working in his studio.

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