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Ceramics Workshops 2015

- Lunches are included in the price of tuition. Visit our Lodging and Meals page to learn more about our on-campus options.

- Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day and the studio is open most evenings for open studio work if desired.

 

Introduction to Throwing on the Wheel
Francine Epstein
May 16-17

The potter's wheel is an amazing tool and takes some practice to master. Participants will learn to center, bring up an even wall of clay and create basic forms such as cups, cylinders and bowls. Through teacher demonstration and hands on assistance, you will be led through the basic skills necessary to create pleasing pots. Participants with a little experience will have specific questions answered to promote personal progress. In a warm and supportive atmosphere, the group will feel free to ask questions and take some risks and have some fun with the clay.
Beginner
Francine Epstein maintains a private teaching studio in New Jersey. She has been teaching pottery since the 60's. She divides her time between making pots, mentoring young potters, and teaching private classes. Francine claims Peters Valley School of Craft as her "alma mater." Although she holds a BFA and spent an intense summer at Alfred University, it is the rich experience of workshops taken with the country's finest ceramic artists that forms the basis of her ceramic education. Her work can be seen at the Peter's Valley gallery.
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $45

 

Approaches to Slab Built Sculpture
Dan Molyneux
May 23-25

Dan will demonstrate the way he prepares slabs, methods of construction, architectural considerations, as well as the strategies used to begin a sculpture. Participants will roll out slabs with rolling pins and assemble forms with basic scoring tools, and fettling knives. Ribs, wooden finishing tools, and rasp (shredding) tools will be helpful for finishing the surfaces. Participants will learn techniques to avoid cracks, reinforce attachments, and approaches to construction that will ensure ceramic works are architecturally sound. Intermediate experience with hand building is essential to get the most out of this course.
Intermediate to Advanced
Introduced to ceramics in Australia, Dan later apprenticed with a painter/sculptor in Bangalore, India while pursuing his undergraduate degree in comparative religion, anthropology, and languages. With subsequent experiences studying religious architecture in Japan and Jerusalem, he worked in a ceramics studio in Hangzhou, China, UC Berkeley, and the Cornell University Pottery Studio until 2007. He then began an 18-month residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Virginia, followed by 3 years as Chris Gustin’s studio manager, followed by residencies at Watershed, Denmark, France, Quebec City, and Brooklyn. www.dsmolyneuxdesigns.com
Tuition: $390
Studio/Materials Fee: $45

 

Introduction to Mold Making and Casting
Ruth Borgenicht
May 29-June 2

Whether casting multiple functional pieces or hand-building an abstract sculpture, molds can be found in almost all ceramic studios. While molds can be made out of many different materials, plaster with its porosity and ability to capture minute details, has the most advantages. This workshop will cover the mixing of plaster and making tile, texture and 2-piece molds. The artist will share her casting slip recipe (cone 6-10), how to mix it up and add colorants. Demonstrations will include casting into molds and nifty techniques using colored casting slip. Participants will have the opportunity to mix plaster, make their own molds as well as experiment with using casting slip and press molding. Students should bring in a variety of forms made of plastic, metal or leatherhard clay to cast. Ruth will work individually with the student to make molds from their models. Alternatively there will be bowl forms and textures provided for participants to experiment making molds from.
Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Ruth Borgenicht has been a resident artist at Greenwich House Pottery, Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art and Hunter College and she is a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellow. Her work has been featured in such recent exhibitions as Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City MO; Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA; Puls Gallery, Brussels Belgium; and upcoming in the Fall a solo show at The Parcours Carougeois, Switzerland. Her work is also in collections of Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Sevres Ceramics Musuem in Paris, Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Bible, The Craft and Art of Clay, 500 Ceramic Sculptures, and Contemporary Ceramics - International Perspective as well as in Ceramics Art and Perception (Australia), Monthly Ceramic Art (Korea), and Neue Keramik (Germany) www.RuthBorgenicht.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $80



Technical Woodfiring
Justin Lambert
June 5-9

Utilizing the 2 chambered noborigama participants will focus on careful loading of the kiln to maximize the development of flame markings, and ash melt. During the woodfiring careful observations will be made on the atmospheric conditions, flame speed, and ash melt. Because stoking patterns and intensity are very important to the success of the firing, Justin will develop and explain systems to keep everyone in the firing crew on the same "game plan". Students need no prior experience in woodfiring and will leave with a better understanding of what happens in a wood kiln and with firing knowledge applicable to other wood kilns in the future. Please bring bisque-fired work (made of high temperature stoneware or porcelain) ready to fire for this workshop.
Beginner to Intermediate
Justin Lambert received his BFA from Florida Atlantic University and his MFA from Indiana University. Justin has spent the last 14 years firing utilitarian pottery in wood burning kilns. His Investigations into reduction cooling in his teardrop anagama add dramatic decoration to the subtle curves in his pots. In addition to running the studio, Live Oak Pottery, Justin maintains an apprentice program, Chairs the ceramics department at the Lighthouse Art Center, teaches ceramics part time at Palm Beach State College, and travels for firing workshops. He enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea, and their dog Ozzie. www.jlpottery.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $100

 


From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Maureen Mills
June 12-16

Transforming your ceramic work from good work to extraordinary work takes time, practice and consideration of design elements. Through demonstrations that begin on the wheel addressing composition of form, participants will develop a working process that brings basic forms to a new level. Examination of forms to determine appropriate surface treatment will follow as we continue to explore how the design elements and principles influence our choices. The primary focus will be on wheelwork but techniques will be suitable for handbuilding as well. Students should be competent in either wheelwork or handbuilding.
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Having received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Maureen Mills works from her studio in Portsmouth NH with husband Steven Zoldak. She also serves as chair of the ceramics department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester NH. She exhibits regularly in juried and invitational exhibitions across the country and in 2004/2005 receive the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She is the author of the Lark Book Surface Design for Ceramics. www.sliptrail.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $60

 

Craft Yourself Online!
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
June 13-14

Spreading the word today can be challenging. But with so many new forms of media, it’s a great time to represent your work and your journey as a craftsperson online. You just need the skills to make the most of what’s available. In this 2-day workshop, we’ll review theory about online communications; review the ins & outs of online tools; and dive in for hands-on practice (with your laptop or tablet) to fit your individual style and needs. We will cover; best ways to showcase your work online, building or joining artist & gallery websites, how social media can be a tool for working artists, online promotion & advertising, building a global community of people who love your work. Whether you need a basic website or to dive into social media, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on what fits you and your abilities the best. By the end of the workshop, we want you to walk away with the basics in place, knowledge of tools, and the skills to enhance your online presence over time.
Beginner and Beyond

Ennis Carter opened Social Impact Studios in 1996, since then Social Impact Studios has combined artistry & activism to promote important social issues. They believe good causes should get more attention than anything else. And they believe thoughtful, beautiful and meaningful communication is still the best way to engage and motivate. Social Impact Studios is a creative hub where groups and creative activists collaborate, learn and do the work. From concept to creation, they design action plans, visuals, messages and moving grassroots experiences that make a social impact – together.
www.socialimpactstudios.com
Tuition: $300 

 

Altering Pots & Firing in Salt
Susan Beecher
June 19-23

Refresh & improve your throwing skills while learning new methods for altering your round pots into squares, ovals and other forms. We will work on altering bowls, jars, plates, vases, bottles & more. Specially cut & added feet will also be explored. Different decorating techniques will be covered such as slip decorating, scrafitto, wax resist & stamping. Pots will be glazed & fired in the salt kiln!
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Susan Beecher is a nationally recognized studio potter whose work has appeared in more than 70 national juried shows over the last 25 years. She has taught weekly classes and workshops throughout the Northeast, Florida & California. She is currently Director of Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts and her work has appeared in many articles and seven books. The Catskill Press released a book on her work: Susan Beecher: Wood Fired Pottery. www.susanbeecherpottery.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $80

 

Battle of the Burn
Bruce Dehnert & Steve Cook
June 26-30

Come join in the insanity when we light up the fast-fire wood, soda, raku, pit, and gas reduction kilns. This year's pyromania features an instructor from the East Coast and the other from the West, who will help guide participants through learning how to fire all of these kilns. This workshop offers the opportunity to work with your own glazes and clay bodies and put your ideas to the test. You bring the bisqueware and we provide the heat. There will be a full range of temperatures and atmospheres explored. And if you're just looking to get out of your studio for a week and have round-the-clock access to our full complement of studio space, equipment, and feedback on your work you can do that, too!
Beginner and Beyond
Bruce Dehnert is the Ceramics Department Head at Peters Valley and has taught at Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Dunedin School of Art in New Zealand, and the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak on the island of Borneo. He is the author of the book, Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook, and has work in numerous collections including the Crocker Museum, The White House, and The New Dowse Museum.
Steve Cook earned his BA in Sculpture from Penn State working extensively in clay, casting bronze, and creating installation work with filmic projections. He also studied in Taiwan at Fu Ren University and National Taiwan University. For years he lived in Asia, taught English, hosted a radio language program, edited academic papers, worked as a stuntman, a shuttle-boat operator, and adventure tour operator. The exciting work in the Philippine film industry led him back to the USA, and in 1992 he earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Film and Video with emphasis on experimental documentary installation. His work won awards at film festivals and was screened in the United States, Canada, Germany and Italy. He's been teaching three-dimensional art (ceramics, sculpture, contemporary installation) at Francis Parker School since 1999.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $95

 

Pottery on the Wheel
Kristin Muller
July 3-5

Learn how to create pottery forms using the potter's wheel. Participants with no experience will learn how to wedge, center, raise and shape clay into simple bowls, and vessel forms. If you have throwing experience you can refresh your skills and fine tune your throwing skills by learning more efficient ways of centering, raising, collaring and shaping clay to gain control of your wheel thrown pottery forms and increase production. Trimming, attaching handles, embellishing forms, design and composition will also be presented. Bring your ideas and or samples of your work.
Beginner and Beyond
Kristin Muller has taught ceramics for over 20 years. She previously taught and managed the ceramics program at Brookfield Craft Center, was an instructor at Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College and is currently an adjunct instructor at Hood College. She authored The Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start to Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics published by Quarry Books, 2007. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Arts from Southern Connecticut State University and Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She exhibits nationally, specializes in wood fired ceramics and fires an Anagama hybrid kiln at her studio in Dingmans Ferry, PA. Kristin is also the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft. Her work can be viewed on www.kristinmuller.com
Tuition: $390
Studio/Materials Fee: $45

 

Cut & Paste Casting, Building and Assembling with Porcelain
Jennifer Ling Datchuk & Ryan Takaba
July 10-14

Mold making and slip-casting are great skills to have when hand-building with porcelain. In this workshop, participants will learn to make a two part plaster mold and cast this object using a mid range porcelain slip. Participants will learn how to build and assemble using a combination of found slip-casting molds along with their object. Together the class will create sculptural multiples that can be combined and altered in limitless configurations and possibilities. We will discuss the technicalities of hand-building and casting with porcelain and the benefits when building sculptural forms.
Intermediate to Advanced
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is a ceramic sculptor and artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Trained in ceramics, the artist works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as fabric, embroidery, and floral patterns, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, identity and personal history. She holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas, where she maintains a studio, teaching practice and small design line of ceramic objects for the home she co-founded with her husband, Ryan Takaba, called Dim and Sum. www.jenniferlingdatchuk.com
Ryan Takaba's work and studio practice stems from his interest in sculpture, function, architecture, and design often exploring themes of transformation and daily ritual. He is interested in work that heightens the everyday, mundane interaction with objects, which over time reveals new perspectives in the work. Takaba is a studio artist and faculty member for the Southwest School of Art ceramic department. He received his MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University in 2005 and BFA from the University of Hawai`i in 2000. From 2006-2008, Takaba was an artist-in-resident/studio manager at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Most recent exhibitions were at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Bellwether Sculpture Biennial in Bellevue Washington, and the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts.
www.ryantakaba.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $80

 

Set the Table
Deborah Schwartzkopf
July 17-21

Design a tableware presentation in this hands-on intensive place setting workshop. The focus will be on making a unified set: a cup, bowl, plate, and centerpiece. Identify and explore the relationships within and between forms. Learn new ways to move clay with skill building exercises. Demonstrations will offer techniques combining simple altered, wheel thrown sections with slab built parts. We will cover basic template making and create bisque molds to shape slabs. Build your ideas, practice and create expressive place settings.
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Deb Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle. She earned her BA at the University of Alaska and worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area. In 2005, Deb completed a MFA at Penn State. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Washington. She has worked nationally at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, and Pottery Northwest and internationally at Sanboa in Jingdezhen, China, the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany and taught with the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. She teaches workshops and exhibits nationally. Please visit www.ceramistasseattle.info for upcoming events, studio assistant opportunities, or appointments at her Seattle studio.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $55

 

Basic Rhino Training for 3D Printing
Darlene Farris-LaBar
July 17-21

With computer aided design technology artists are no longer tethered to the studio. Through a series of projects participants will learn how to navigate the user interface of Rhino software program and learn how it is used in the various 3D manufacturing industries. Participants will learn to customize the 3D modeling environment and create basic 3D objects such as lines, circles, squares, surfaces and solids. They will also convert 2-D drawings to 3-D models to create objects prepared and ready for 3D printing using services available online. You do not need prior experience but you must know how to use the laptop you need to bring with you to this class. A basic understanding of computer design software is encouraged.
Beginner
Darlene Farris-LaBar is both an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University and an internationally known artist. She holds a MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS in Digital Media Arts from the College of Technology in New York City. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, welding, graphic design, video art, 3D digital design and printing, and much more. Farris-LaBar recently had two solo exhibitions located at the Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania and The Art Lab at Columbus University, Georgia. The shows offered 3D printed sculptures, video and photography of native plants significant to the Pocono Region. www.darlenefarris.com
Tuition: $560
 
 

Increasing the Scale & Drama of your Work
Richard Aerni
July 24-28

Learn how to throw using bisque and plaster forms to increase scale and drama in your work. Participants will be given instruction on how to create these forms for work in the future. Please plan on bringing bisque ware to spray glaze, using wood ash and other glazes that will be fired to cone 10 in reduction. Instruction will be given in single-firing, though time precludes using this method for class formed work. You should be able to center and throw five pounds of clay comfortably to properly utilize these techniques.
Intermediate to Advanced
Richard Aerni has been a full-time studio potter since 1979. His work ranges from functional tableware to large scale designer pieces. He had been working with single fire techniques and ash glazes for nearly 35 years. Richard has no formal instruction in clay, and is a firm believer that desire and persistence are the keys to a potter's education. www.richardaerni.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $75

 

 

Color and Pattern: An Approach to Pottery Decoration
Adero Willard
July 31-August 4

In this workshop you will learn how to create intricate surfaces by combining and layering color and pattern using resists, sgraffito, and mishima. Adero will show you these traditional techniques and how to alter and layer them to create depth. Through hand-on practice you will learn how to apply these layering techniques to create depth and complexity on your surfaces. As we progress, you will have a chance to play with and apply some of these techniques using your own personal aesthetic and ideas. Alongside this intensive surface exploration, Adero will demonstrate a variety of thrown-and-altered and hand-built forms, and discuss how those forms and surface decoration evolved. From simple to complex (depending on your level of clay experience), and with help through individual advice, you will create work in which surface treatment is integrated with form.
Beginner to Intermediate
Adero Willard currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Adero received a Bachelors in Fine Art at Alfred University in 1995 and Masters of Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. She completed a year long residency in 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, where she was the Salad Days Artist. As a full time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows nationally, including Ferrin Gallery, Craft Boston and Smithsonian Craft Show in DC. She has taught at a number of universities and art centers through out her career. Adero's work is featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Her interest in surface decoration is life-long, and is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage. www.aderowillard.com
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $75

 

Soda for Surface
John Hasegawa
August 7-10

This four-day hands-on workshop allows participants to discover the beauty of soda /salt firing. Students should bring 10 pieces of bisque ware from Cone 10 clay – either dark or light clay is suitable. Please bring bisqueware of different sizes, including more vertical pieces and fewer horizontal pieces such as bowls and plates. On the first day participants will glaze their work and John will discuss and demonstrate decorating and glazing for atmospheric firing, along with loading the kiln. Day two and three will include firing and additional demonstrations on throwing and altering pots. On day four, while the kiln is cooling, participants will finish the previous days work and then unload the kiln and discuss the work.
Intermediate to Advanced
John Hasegawa is a native of Seattle, Washington. John is the Head of the Ceramics Department at the Paducah School of Art, teaching Beginning and Advanced Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design. He received a BA with a double major in Philosophy, and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and a second BA in Art. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the University of Oregon. John has taught both introductory and advanced level ceramics at the Worcester Craft Center in Massachusetts, the Armory Art Center in Florida, the University of Oregon and University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. He comes to Paducah from Emporia, Kansas; where he taught ceramics and 3-D design at Emporia State University. His work has been exhibited nationally and he has won numerous awards for his ceramics.
Tuition: $480
Studio/Materials Fee: $80

 

Making work for the Anagama
Jack Troy
August 14-17

You will not want to miss this special opportunity to explore form , function, aesthetic values, textures, tactile qualities and surface development of wood firing. Jack will share ways he developed his unique approach to making pottery and historic and contemporary wood firing. He will also share his poetry and poetic approach as well as an abundance of technical expertise. You will be encouraged to advance your work and consider what you know about wood-firing to inform the pieces you will make. A selection of work made in the workshop will be fired in the Peters Valley Anagama.
Intermediate to Advanced
Jack Troy’s talents stretch beyond his wood fired pottery to his writings and teaching. He holds a B.S. from West Chester College and M.A. in English and Art in from Kent State University. Troy taught for thirty-nine years at Juniata College and built Pennsylvania's first anagama kiln in 1978. He has taught workshops and lectures spanning from the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and England. He is the author of numerous articles, books, poems and book reviews. Salt Glazed Ceramics was published in 1977 and was his first book relating to the ceramic field then in 1995 Wood-Fired Stoneware and Porcelain and in 2003 a collection of poems called Calling the Planet Home. His work is found on bookshelves, in museums and galleries across the U.S. He has received many awards and grants for his accomplishments including the Craftsman's Fellowship, from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts in 1981 and the Fellowship in Literature (poetry), from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts in 1986. www.jacktroy.net
Tuition: $480
Studio/Materials Fee: $130

 

Firing the Peters Valley Anagama
Jack Troy
August 18-25, Unloading August 30

This hands-on workshop will begin long before we convene because everyone will create pieces in their own studios or the prior week in the Making Work for the Anagama workshop. Works should be made from high temperature stoneware and or porcelain clay bodies and bisque fired to arrive with bisqueware at PV. Jack will share a lifetime of wood firing knowledge with participants who will apply wadding and load ware into the anagama kiln. The loading process will consider how form, flame path and wad marks will create aesthetic statements. The firing will be a watchful process of heat movement and flame path, atmosphere and temperature. The kiln will be fired in shifts around the clock until the desired temperature and conditions are reached, cooled for five days and unloaded on August 30th. The unloading will provide a plethora of information to be analyzed by noting the surfaces that developed during the firing. A reflection on the success and failures will provide considerations for the next time you touch wet clay.
Intermediate to Advanced
Jack Troy’s talents stretch beyond his wood fired pottery to his writings and teaching. He holds a B.S. from West Chester College and M.A. in English and Art in from Kent State University. Troy taught for thirty-nine years at Juniata College and built Pennsylvania's first anagama kiln in 1978. He has taught workshops and lectures spanning from the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and England. He is the author of numerous articles, books, poems and book reviews. Salt Glazed Ceramics was published in 1977 and was his first book relating to the ceramic field then in 1995 Wood-Fired Stoneware and Porcelain and in 2003 a collection of poems called Calling the Planet Home. His work is found on bookshelves, in museums and galleries across the U.S. He has received many awards and grants for his accomplishments including the Craftsman's Fellowship, from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts in 1981 and the Fellowship in Literature (poetry), from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts in 1986. www.jacktroy.net
Tuition: $815
Studio/Materials Fee: $130

 

Build a Clay Torso
Kevin Rohde
September 5-7

During the three day workshop participants will learn to construct a clay torso/bust using the solid building construction method. Each step of the building process will be covered, including armature design, basic anatomical structure, measuring from photographic reference, deconstruction, hollowing, reconstruction, and surface development. Participants are urged to bring photographic source material and inspiration. The workshop will also contain an image presentation with visuals of each step of the process. Due to time constraints the torsos will not be fired during the workshop.
Beginner and Beyond
Kevin Rohde is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Baltimore, MD. Kevin was the recipient of a Fogelberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN from 2012-13 as well as the recipient of the 2013-14 Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks where he currently maintains his studio practice as a resident artist. He was recently published as an Emerging Artists in the May 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine. Kevin received his B.A. from Keystone College in 2007 and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Images of his current work and additional information can be found at www.rohdeworks.com
Tuition: $390
Studio/Materials Fee: $35

  
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