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Baltimore Clayworks Workshop - Larry Allen - Advanced Wheel Throwing and Sgraffito Design Technique - November 23-24, 2024

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Baltimore Clayworks Workshop: https://canvas.baltimoreclayworks.org/classes?_gl=1*qr7y1e*_ga*MjAwNjA1MjUzMy4xNjkxMDcxMjkz*_ga_CR0G7QF9JL*MTcxODM3ODcyNy4zODUuMS4xNzE4Mzc5MzA0LjYwLjAuMA..&category=Visiting+Artist+Workshops


Larry Allen

Advanced Wheel Throwing and Sgraffito Design Technique


Larry Allen makes a wide range of both functional forms meant for everyday use and larger decorative vessel related forms meant for display. His pottery is wheel-thrown using black stoneware clay with decorative techniques including sgraffito, multiple glaze stages and firings. 

Each piece is coated with slip. When the slip has stiffened the surface is covered with a wax coating. This allows Sgraffito, the carving of designs into the clay.  The vessels are bisque fired; then the interior is glazed and the exterior is given highlights with a low fire red glaze. Each piece gets one more final firing. 

The inspiration for Allen’s designs comes largely from Native American and African art.



       I will be demonstrating the throwing of more complex forms during the morning session such as: bottles, round shapes and tri-pod vessels.  During the afternoon session I will assist participants with throwing forms of their own.
       I will decorate the pieces that were thrown during the morning session of the first day.  I will carve a Sgraffito design on each vessel and talk about my inspiration for the design work.  During the afternoon session I will aid each workshop individual with designing their piece that he or she made during the first day of the workshop.
TOOLS:  the regular pottery tools and a Sgraffito tool. 



Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 from 10:00-5:00 pm.  

There will be a break for lunch both days.  

Fee: $210 member/$225 non-member  

If you are curious about Larry Allen'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, October 29th from 12:30-1:30pm. 




Larry  Allen is an accomplished pottery artist whose works are increasingly sought after by collectors in the Southeast and throughout the country.  His stoneware-clay vessels are inspired largely by Native American and African art, and are authentic, beautiful and functional.  He was introduced to the world of pottery as a student at Berea College in Berea, KY, in the late 70's where he served as an apprentice potter for three years and earned a bachelor's degree in art.  He taught pottery classes at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL for four years before opening his own studio known as L A Pottery in 2006. 

 After the events of September 11, 2001 he was stirred by the country's collective unification.  Seeing blue-collar and white-collar men and women and even Congress on the front steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., standing for a common cause, he remembers thinking, "Now they get it--there is strength in unity."  He decided to capture that spirit in a "UNITY Motif" of linked hands raised in the air, which he has carved into many of his art pieces to date. 

 Throughout his career of over 40 years his work has received many accolades, including being showcased on the nationally televised HGTV show "That's Clever" in 2008.  He is a Guild member of the Southern Highlands in Asheville, N.C., and Alabama Designer Craftsmen in Birmingham, AL.  He has won numerous awards including 'Best In Show' at many art shows, and his work is represented in several art galleries across the United States.  His work has also been given as a gift to Pulitzer Prize winner and author Harper Lee.  He was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2018 from Berea Colllege in Berea, KY. 

 In 2019 his work was featured in an article in the winter edition of The Cottage Journal Magazine.  In 2021 his work was chosen as part of the set design in the movie "BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER".  In 2022 his work was part of an art exhibition of the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Also in 2022 he was commissioned by The Birmingham Museum Of Art to create a vase which is part of the museum's permanent collection now on display in the Wedgewood Gallery section of the museum. 

 Larry and his wife (Linda) reside in Leeds, AL.  They have one daughter (Mahisha) who has twins (boy & girl) & husband that reside in Manassas, VA. 






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