About Pocosin Arts


During this annual workshop retreat participants can expect to experience an exciting selection of evening and special event activities. 

  • Opening reception of the Ware/Wear Exhibition juried by Kathleen Browne and Tom Bartel
  • Participant’s Gallery
  • Evening social & happy hour in our beautiful new Riverview Community Center
  • Evening Artist Talks
  • After Hours Open Studio 
  • Lake Mattamuskeet Tour

Cabin Fever Reliever XIX Instructors

Tom Bartel

HEAD AND SURFACE SCULPTURE - This course will focus on the human head through hollow, hand-forming construction methods. A variety of slip application and surface development techniques will be demonstrated. Participants may take their finished greenware home or have it fired post-workshop. Students should have a good working knowledge of hand building.

Kathleen Browne

PATTERN ON PATTERN: COLLAGE WITH DECALS - In this workshop, students will experiment with enamel decals of abstract patterns, textures and images, made/provided by the instructor. Working with opaque and transparent enamels, participants will cut and collage decals to create compositions that express each individual's design aesthetic. Color and enamel applications are an integral part of this process. The decal making process will be demonstrated, and the sources supplied. Settings for enamels will be discussed and demonstrated. Students should have familiarity with basic enameling application techniques and beginning jewelry-making techniques such as sawing, filing, and finishing.

Bird Ross

WANZ'APUN'ATIME (THE ART AND CRAFT OF PLAY) - Using narrative as our lead, we will explore performance, illustration, wandering, alighting and making (things up) to see where it propels us. Working collaboratively, we will investigate methods of creating and presenting stories using: props, puppets, sounds, words, dress-up, performance, crankies, and a multitude of other visual constructions. We will explore drawing, painting, collaging, fabricating, writing, sewing, adhering, piecing and unearthing creative impulses. Bring your skills, favorite tools, raw materials, stories, visions, and aspirations. We will share skills, explore materials and lighten our load as we launch ourselves into reinvention and play. Don’t forget your lab coats. I’ll bring the capes. All levels are welcome.

Anthony Ulinski

JAPANESE LAMP-MAKING - In this class we will learn to make Japanese style paper lanterns using a collapsible interior armature, cane, and reed and fine Kozo paper. We will learn the basics of concrete casting for our lamp bases and rudimentary electrical wiring. The advent of LED lamps allows us to make not just mood lighting but some task lighting as well. Each student should be able to complete one possibly two completed lanterns.