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Zoom Workshops – Ceramics

CERAMIC ZOOM WORKSHOPS
Wes Brown Pocosin Arts Gallery

Wheel Meets Hand part 1

Wes Brown
January 23, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60
All Levels

This first session will have you setting yourself up for truly unique pots through basic slab texturing and manipulation along with simple wheel thrown forms. I will be walking you through the first part of my process to make dynamic functional vessels. We will walk through how to roll out and texture slabs and learn how to throw simple forms of the potter’s wheel. This will be helpful to the beginner first coming to ceramics as well as the veteran looking to find new ways of pushing their forms and ideas.

Details:

studio artist; adjunct faculty teaching at University of Dayton; other teaching: Baltimore Clayworks, Bard High School Early College; collections: Korea International Ceramics Biennale

Wes Brown Pocosin Arts Gallery

Wheel Meets Hand part 2

Wes Brown
January 30, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60
All Levels

Push your work further through combination. In this session you will learn how to combine both wheel thrown and rolled slabs to create unique vessels. Building with the parts created in the previous section we will endeavor to create vessels of visual complexity and functional simplicity. I will walk you through my technical and aesthetic approaches to creating dynamic work.

Details:

studio artist; adjunct faculty teaching at University of Dayton; other teaching: Baltimore Clayworks, Bard High School Early College; collections: Korea International Ceramics Biennale 

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Monoprinting on Clay: Slip Transfer

Lakyn Bowman
January 31, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
 SOLD OUT!

February 28, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

In this workshop, you will learn how to use a monoprinting technique, transferring hand drawn images onto leather hard clay using underglazes and colored slip. I will be demonstrating my particular methods to achieve timeless, aged, and weathered surfaces on a red clay base while discussing form inspirations and how those form choices influence surfaces. You will leave the workshop with tips on how composition and spacing play an important part in the end result of this diverse technique. The possibilities for images are endless! This class is intended for all levels.

Details:

Lakyn Bowman is a full time studio artist working as an intern at Companion Gallery in Humboldt, TN. She received her BFA in ceramics with a minor in Art History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Lakyn owns an online vintage home decor shop that feeds the inspiration for her work, pulling patterns and colors from the 1970’s and earlier.

Altering Pots on the wheel

Eric Botbyl
February 6, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET


Tuition: $60 
All Levels

In this 2 hour workshop, Eric will demonstrate how to throw and alter a large oval tray on the wheel. We’re breaking out of the circle! Learn to cut, fold, push & pull on pots to create more engaging and dynamic forms. Eric will also demonstrate additive and subtractive embellishments as well as throwing handles for serving pieces.

These techniques can be scaled up or down to meet participant’s skill level

 This class is intended for all levels.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks
  • Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter living and working in Humboldt, TN. He received his BA in Ceramics & Sculpture from Union University in 2001. Eric’s work and writings have been featured in numerous newspapers, Mid South Living, Number Magazine, Studio Potter and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Eric actively shows his work through several galleries, as well as invitational and juried exhibitions. In 2016 he received the “Best Thrown and Altered” award at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, PA. He has taught many workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and opened his own studio for community clay classes. Eric has designed and constructed 5 wood burning kilns, including the catenary cross-draft at his alma mater, which is one of the largest wood burning kilns in Tennessee. Eric and his wife Jill are also the proprietors of the Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over 50 nationally recognized ceramic artists.

Complex Surfaces with the electric kiln

Eric Botbyl
February 13, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

In this 2 hour workshop, Eric will demonstrate his alternative glazing techniques, firing out of order, and how to use glazes against themselves to create complex surfaces with multiple firings in an electric kiln. Eric will share slip and glaze recipes, firing schedules, and weird techniques using AMACO underglazes.
 

This class is intended for all levels.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks
  • Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter living and working in Humboldt, TN. He received his BA in Ceramics & Sculpture from Union University in 2001. Eric’s work and writings have been featured in numerous newspapers, Mid South Living, Number Magazine, Studio Potter and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Eric actively shows his work through several galleries, as well as invitational and juried exhibitions. In 2016 he received the “Best Thrown and Altered” award at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, PA. He has taught many workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and opened his own studio for community clay classes. Eric has designed and constructed 5 wood burning kilns, including the catenary cross-draft at his alma mater, which is one of the largest wood burning kilns in Tennessee. Eric and his wife Jill are also the proprietors of the Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over 50 nationally recognized ceramic artists.
CJ Jilek Pocosin Arts Gallery

EXPLORATION OF SURFACE FOR DRINKING VESSELS 

Cj Jilek
February 20 & 27, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $125 
All Levels  

Creating a form that sparks inspiration and conversation the sipping vessel is the perfect canvas for exploring surface.  In this workshop we will learn methods for creating and utilizing bisque hump molds & drape molds for slab building drinking vessels.  In addition to construction techniques, we will explore surface composition through texture and carving.  I will reveal my methods for creating my surfaces, tips for carving as well as ways to create your own texture tools. 

Details:

Artist / educator; Adjunct faculty at Chaffey College, Mt. San Antonio College, Saddleback College (CA); Workshops & Lectures; Gaya Ceramics (Bali), The Australian Ceramics Triennale (Canberra), Palos Verdes Art Center (CA), American Museum of Ceramic Art (CA),  Maloof Foundation (CA) Collections; Australian National University (Canberra), Boleslawiec Cultural Center (Poland), Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (UT) Exhibitions; 11th Annual Beyond the Brickyard (MT), Evocative Garden- NCECA (OR), Ink & Clay (CA), Subversive Flower (PA), Fahrenheit 2018 (CA), Sculpture in the Garden (CA)  Publications; Cast Art and Objects

 

Composite Forms

Sam Momeyer
February 20, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


Tuition: $60 
All Levels

In this workshop, students will investigate making a composite mug form by combining wheel throwing, hand building, and mold making techniques. I will demonstrate how to use the wheel as a tool alongside drop molds to make a complex thrown and altered mug. We will discuss how to create texture, how I make handles and exaggerate the places where they attach, and how I use paper stencils to create dimensional tripod feet. We will focus on how to pay attention to the little details along the way that can make all the difference in a finished pot

Some Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Experience is Recommended.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

resident artist at Studio 740 (MT); teaching: Companion Gallery (TN) and Idaho State University; resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks (MD) and Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA); apprentice to Tara Wilson (MT)

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Surface

Sam Momeyer
February 27, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


Tuition: $60 
All Levels 

Glazing the outside of a pot can cover up the tactile beauty of the clay underneath, especially the smooth feel of sanded porcelain. In this workshop, students will learn layering techniques to create depth on an unglazed, mid-range porcelain surface. I will demonstrate how to color bagged clay with mason stains, how I make “colored grog,” how to layer underglazes, how to mix and use mason stain washes and how to achieve a varied surface in the electric kiln. After the final firing, students will wet sand through the layers to soften the pot physically and visually.

 This class is intended for all levels.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

resident artist at Studio 740 (MT); teaching: Companion Gallery (TN) and Idaho State University; resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks (MD) and Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA); apprentice to Tara Wilson (MT)

Hollow Building at any scale

Andrea Keys Connell
February 28, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


Tuition: $60 
All Levels

I will demonstrate my hollow handbuilding techniques, techniques that can be applied to building at any scale. We will discuss appropriate clay bodies for large scale building, firing schedules, a variety of surface options, epoxies, and how to build big with a small kiln. Our goal will be to demystify this process so that you can approach any project with confidence and creativity.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Studio Artist: Associate Professor in Clay, Appalachian State University (NC). Other Workshops: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Pocosin (NC), Southwest School of Art (TX), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Centre d’ arts Rozynski (QC). Collections: Private Estate Of William H Frederick (DE), Capital One (VA)

Creating a human portrait out of clay

Jamie Bates Slone
March 13th, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

During this workshop students will sculpt a human portrait out of solid clay alongside ceramic sculptor Jamie Bates Slone. Students will learn to create self-portraits in clay with specific attention given to trouble areas such as the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and hair. Jamie will share how she addresses each of these areas as she guides students through the sculpting process. Proper proportions, sculpting techniques, tools, and clay will be demonstrated and discussed. Anatomy, underlying bone structure, musculature, and expression will also be addressed. This workshop is open to all skill levels.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Click for Suggested Material List 
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Jamie Bates Slone is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MFA from the University of Kansas and her BFA from the University of Central Missouri. She has taught workshops and given demonstrations at Belger Crane Yard Studios, GasworksNYC, Kent State, Westminster College, and SUNY Buffalo State. Her current work uses self-reflection to further explore themes like anxiety, depression, sexuality, and womanhood.

Bright and Bold Low-fire Ceramic Surfaces

Travis Winters
March 27th, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

Ever wonder how to obtain a bright and bold surface on your low-fire pottery or ceramic sculpture? In this workshop students will learn how to build dynamic low-fire ceramic surfaces using a variety of techniques and materials. We will explore the endless possibilities of applying Terra Sigilatta, underglaze, glaze and mason stains to add dimension to low-fire work with minimal kiln firings. At the end of this class students will have gained a new perspective and understanding of creating rich low-fire ceramic surfaces.

Students wanting to participate should have a piece that has been bisque fired.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Click for Suggested Material List 
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

studio artist; Programs Manager at Touchstone Center for Crafts; Artist Residencies at Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT), Odyssey Clayworks (NC), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME) Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN); Other teaching: Reitz Ranch (AZ), Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA), Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Baldwin Wallace University (OH), Buffalo State College (NY), Corning Community College (NY), Hood College (MD), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PA), John’s Creek Art Center (GA), College of Southern Maryland (MD))

Creating Depth Through Surface Decoration

Mike Gesiakowski
April 11th, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

This workshop will allow students to learn how to create surface depth on their pottery by using a combination of slips, underglazes, and glazes. Mike will demonstrate how to build layers of information on your work to create a deep, expansive surface. Students will also be shown how vinyl stencils can be used to create patterns and decorations to enhance the feeling of dimension in your work. This workshop will utilize low-fire materials and electric kilns to obtain these results, but the techniques learned can be applicable for any temperature.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be sent closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Mike is a ceramic artist living and teaching in St. Louis, MO. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Northern Illinois University and his MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He currently teaches at John Burroughs School, an independent 7-12 grade college prep school, where he is the chair of the Fine Arts Department. You can find Mike’s work at Charlie Cummings Gallery (FL) and Plough Gallery (GA).

Thrown Altered and Handbuilt: Pouring Vessel

Taylor Sijan
April 24th, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

In this workshop, Taylor will demonstrate how she constructs a porcelain ewer using a variety of throwing, altering, and hand building. Exploration of multiple techniques will be covered including: throwing and darting forms, pinching and pulling handles, forming slab-built spouts using molds, and combining wheel-thrown and hand-built components to create a unique pouring vessel.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Studio artist; graduate candidate and instructor of record at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE); collections: TaoXiChuan Art Museum (Jingdezhen, China).

Loaded and Layered Surface Techniques

Taylor Sijan
May 1st, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET  

SOLD OUT!

May 2nd, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60

All Levels

In this workshop, Taylor will demonstrate how she decorates a thrown, altered, and handbuilt porcelain ewer. Exploration of multiple techniques will be covered including: stamping, slip trailing, carving, and layering underglaze painting using paper resists.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Studio artist; graduate candidate and instructor of record at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE); collections: TaoXiChuan Art Museum (Jingdezhen, China).

Utilizing Vinyl in Surface Decoration

Eric Heerspink
May 29th, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $60 
All Levels

Find out how modern technology can be utilized to create unique surfaces. Employing design software and a vinyl cutter Eric Heerspink creates layered surfaces with modern designs. In this workshop participants will learn how to create images and patterns using design software and see how those can be cut using the vinyl cutter. Participants will then learn how these vinyl decals can be utilized throughout various steps of the decorating and glazing process. Eric will discuss how he uses multiple materials in combination (terra sigillata, underglaze, and glaze) to create dynamic layered surfaces in an electric kiln. 

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Material list will be emailed closer to class date.
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Eric Heerspink is a ceramic artist living and working out of his home studio in Jenison Michigan, just outside of Grand Rapids. He received his BFA in studio art from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 2008 and his MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE: Edwardsville, Il) in 2015. His work can be found at Companion Gallery in Humbolt TN (companiongallery.com), Clay AKAR in Iowa City IA (www.clayakar.com), and Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville FL (charliecummingsgallery.com).

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