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Clay Workshops at Pocosin Arts

Clay Workshops
at Pocosin Arts

Pocosin Arts is happy to announce an amazing line-up of clay studio classes for 2018. Whether you want to work on your wheel-throwing, handbuilding skills, or mixing glazes for cups and pots, we’re offering several different styles of classes to suit your interests. If you’re into figurative sculpture with clay or functional pots, we’d be excited for you to come learn with these awesome instructors.

Andréa Keys Connell

Andréa Keys Connell

The Emotive Portrait

The Emotive Portrait

This workshop will focus on techniques used to create emotive portraits out of clay. Participants will be taught how to hollow build a bust and sculpt their desired character. We will focus on how to communicate emotions through gaze and gesture. Participants may take their finished greenware home or have it fired post workshop.

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Session runs July 10 – 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
ANDRÉA KEYS CONNELL is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Appalachian State University. Her work has been featured in a number of national and international publications such as Ceramics and the Human Form and Korean Monthly Ceramics. She has had 13 solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums since receiving her MFA in 2009, including The Florida Holocaust Museum and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. She has taught workshops on figure sculpting at craft schools across the country including Haystack, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

andreakeys.com

$505

Andrea Keys Figurative Clay example image
Dick Heiser Slab Clay example

Dick Heiser

Dick Heiser

Slab Me Silly

Slab Me Silly

This workshop will concentrate on building with slabs in combination with wheel thrown components to create various vessels and other forms. Layering thin slabs of clay over forms we will create relief and surface texture. The emphasis is on creativity.  We will also investigate how to finish pieces for firing. Be sure to bring your wit and humor to this workshop!

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Session runs July 28 – 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
DICK HEISER received his MFA from East Carolina University and his BFA from Western Carolina University. He has been involved in the arts his whole life, his mother being a painter and ceramicist, and his father a woodworker. His approach to clay and creativity is having fun with no pretense or overly deep or philosophical mentality.

pumpkincreekpottery.wixsite.com/pumpkincreekpottery

$225

Eric Knoche

Eric Knoche

Handbuilding Laboratory

Handbuilding
Laboratory

There are two distinct stages to acquiring technique: The first is to learn it, the second is to forget it. We will review of the basics of hand built ceramics then blur the lines.  Emphasis will be placed on gaining a deeper understanding of the clay itself, establishing a paradigm of creative problem solving and developing a personal set of integrated methods that accomplishes our artistic goals.

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Session runs August 1 – 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
ERIC KNOCHE creates work that is an exploration of the underlying cadences and postulates of his own life and the layers of culture that surround him. The objects he creates are distillations of fundamental movements of energy into static three dimensional forms. When he makes work, he often feels as though he is excavating his own subconscious. He has been strongly influenced by languages he doesn’t understand and tools he doesn’t know how to use, male and female figures, machine parts, shelters, math equations, micro-facial movements, the argentine tango, alphabets, the spine and other bones, the distortional nature of memory, the limits of ocular perception, plants, running water, and songbirds.

www.ericknoche.com

$505

Eric Knoche clay work example
Eric Knoche clay work example 2
Linda Christianson Pottery example image

Linda Christianson

Linda Christianson

Making Pottery

Making Pottery

Focus on the skill-building, curiosities and aesthetic development of your individual interests. Through daily demonstrations, discussions, fun exercises and personalized attention, participants will create well-crafted and thoughtful pottery. Pots that are dry are bisque-fired as  part of the class. With an atmosphere of fun and hard work, experience personal growth in your work. Wheel throwers and handbuilders are welcome.

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Session runs September 5 – 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
LINDA CHRISTIANSON is an independent studio potter working in rural Minnesota since 1977. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Linda has taught at Carleton College, Hartford Art School, and the University of Georgia. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.  Her work is included in both museum collections and kitchens worldwide.

christiansonpottery.com

$505

Kristin Muller

Kristin Muller

Tea Bowls: Form Function & Beauty

Tea Bowls
Form Function & Beauty

Explore the processes and aesthetics of making winter and summer tea bowls for Tea Ceremony. Learn about the architecture of tea bowls, the art of trimming tea bowl feet including: aesthetics, proportions, preparing clay bodies, wheel, hand forming and carving methods, throwing off the mound to achieve fluid tea bowl forms.

ALL LEVELS
some clay experience handy

Session runs October 4 – 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$375 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
KRISTIN MULLER is a studio artist who began her study of Chawan making with Peter Callas and Takao Okazaki in 1994. She purchased Okazaki’s studio and anagama kiln in 2000 and completed an MFA thesis focused on Tea Bowl forming and firing techniques in 2014. Kristin is also the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft, adjunct faculty at Hood College, author of The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Guide to Hand Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics and co-author of Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman.

www.Kristinmuller.com

$410

Kristin Muller Teabowls Workshop example 2
Kristin Muller Teabowls Workshop example 1