About Pocosin Arts

Making Pots from the Inside Out

June 23-26, 2016

Dewsnap Inset Lid Jar Slips Glazes soda firedDewsnap cupsDewsnap Cup2

Workshop Description:  In this class we will make round pots on the wheel and explore a couple of ceramic forms such as cups and cylindrical shapes as a means to generate energetic pots and surface solutions.  We will explore how the embedded life generated by throwing pots on the wheel has the potential to manifest on the surface of the work using historical sources and personal inspirations. We will begin to address potential relationships between form and surface that will enhance or inform us as to where the work can go or how it can progress.  Whatever you are doing now is probably a good start but working through forms with a mind open to new ideas that might be sitting right in front of us.  Students should bring some bisque ware for additional surface exploration.

Basic throwing skills essential for this class.

Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Dewsnap, “Soda Firing,” a Short Term offering in Art and Visual Culture, described as “various clays, slips and glazes are employed in exploration of the techniques used by the pioneers of the soda-firing process, as well as its current practitioners.” Suasan: “It’s a class focusing on atmospheric firing using a particular kind of kiln, where when it reaches its maturing temperature we introduce water and soda ash into the kiln and that reacts with the clay body and the glazes and cause highly variable results in the firing. It’s exciting and can be very disappointing. You just can’t be too invested. With all kiln firings, I always say it’s a little bit like Christmas. You have huge expectations and you think you know what things are going to look like. So you’re always very excited and very happy, and then there’s always this phase of disappointment. It’s kind of learning not to have too many expectations. Live with the work you get out of the kiln and then evaluate it after you’ve had that little period of living with it instead of passing judgment right away.”

Bio:  Susan grew up in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her ceramic study began at a community clay studio in Boulder, Colorado and matured through intensive summer workshops at Haystack Mountain School in Maine and The Penland School in North Carolina. She received a BFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire and a MFA in ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also taught from 2008 through 2012.  Susan currently teaches ceramics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Her work is represented in galleries across the United States. Susan exhibits her ceramic work nationally and internationally with awards from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Biennial, the World Ceramic Biennale Korea International Competition, and Best of Show in the Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition.

2016 4-Day Workshops - Session 3: Susan Dewsnap

Materials fees assessed at time of workshop.


Riverside Housing is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Rooms are furnished with 4 XL-twin bunk beds (quad rooms) or with one queen bed (private rooms). There are 7 quads and 2 private rooms in the lodge. If reserving a bed in a quad room, please consider your ability to access the top bunk - or to convince you roomies to allow you to use a lower bed. If you have questions about accommodations, please call; 252 796 2787.