Event Description: Soda Surface and Fire is a workshop, led by Betsy Smith & Wayne Pennington, on preparing work for and firing a high fire soda kiln using KAC’s soda kiln built in 2015 by the center and its students. The July 14th session will cover types of clay, object shapes and surface treatments appropriate for soda firing. The Aug 3 & 4 session is final prep, loading and firing the kiln. We unload Tuesday, Aug 6 at 4:30pm.
Event Description: In this two session class, students will learn how to make their own stencils and screens and use underglaze to create colorful layered designs on clay. In the first session, we will discuss basic surface design concepts and learn how to cut custom paper stencils and use sgraffito (carving through slip/underglaze) to add dimension to our designs. In the second session, we will learn how to expose screens using personalized images and use underglaze to screen print on bisqueware.
Event Description: The TCC Clay Club is hosting sculptor George Rodriguez for an all day demonstration/workshop offering insights of his journey into clay. The workshop is free and open to the public, there will be a potluck lunch around 1:00! Bring your own dish to share as well as your own mug for light refreshments!
Event Description: This workshop will explore techniques for the application of encaustic onto ceramic surfaces. Heating, burnishing, incising, stenciling, carving, collaging and transferring onto ceramic surfaces will be covered. Most encaustic supplies will be provided. Students must have bisque fired ceramic pieces ready to apply encaustic to.
Event Description: Terry will be conducting a workshop at Connie Ward's studio just north of Poulsbo - materials supplied. Classes (limited to 8 students) will be outside -weather permitting. Terry will demonstrate how develops designs from nature on one of her own pieces. We will develop our designs to apply to 3 4x4 tiles and 1 3" tall cup - all of which will be fired Saturday night. Sunday, we'll open the kiln,discuss our work, and enjoy a presentation of Terry's portfolio. Cost is $95.
Event Description: With Richard Notkin and Geo Lastomirsky co-instructors; This intensive weekend hands on workshop will focus on utilizing the teapot format to create sculptural forms and narrative imagery. The instructors will lead students on an intensive search for the "personal teapot". Each student will be encouraged to explore his or her deep personal passions to design two, three or more teapots utilizing thumbnail sketches and clay moquettes
Event Description: Stephen Mickey will teach a woodfiring and Makers workshop at La Meridiana School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. All levels are welcome. I will meet you where you are . Lots of one on one opportunities. Once in a lifetime opportunity to make pots in Tuscany , tour the countryside , and eat wonderful foods. Bring your partner to attend a Italian cooking school of your choice. Class information; firstname.lastname@example.org Questions;email@example.com
Event Description: In this session, Clovy Tsuchiya demonstrates how she uses hand building techniques to make sleek, curvaceous serving spoons with carved decoration. It’s a chance to focus on the details of a clay spoon- thinking about fitting the scoop to what you’re serving, it’s position at rest and in use, and the flow from bowl to handle. Each student can complete up to three spoons during the class session as greenware (glazing will be independent).
Class Description: This class will introduce students to the most common materials used to create glazes. Through a series of labs we will create a foundation of knowledge about ceramic materials, the constituent components of a glaze and learn to mix glazes. Students will be introduced to methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color, or adjust texture. All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere. Skills learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere. This class is recommended for Intermediate students with prior experience working with clay and using glaze in a typical classroom setting.
Event Description: Mary Mallahan is a Ceramic Artist living and teaching on Northern California's redwood coast. Her workshop focuses on the continuing development of functional lidded containers and expressive servers for potlucks and food gatherings. Providing a personalized alternative to plastic, inspired by Pyrex and vintage glass refrigerator dishes. This inquiry largely remains centered on studies in form and texture within the context of functionality. Artists will learn how to create both wheel thrown and hand built food savers.Day one will include Demos on wheel thrown food saver and followed by slab built adaptation of same process. Also stamp making and use of other useful tools for embellishment.
Event Description: Learn how to create sculpture and functional objects using different extruder dies through demonstrations and hands-on experience. Forms include boxes, tubes, triangles, ribbons and coils. Aaron Murray will show easy ways to shape tubes into different animals including owls, cats, pelicans, whales, hippos, human figures, and more. No experience necessary and lots of fun!
Event Description: Learn how to incorporate independent fired clay forms onto 2-D wooden substrate supports with encaustic paint.
This workshop will take place over two consecutive Saturdays. Session 1 will cover how to create clay pieces, scaled to collage onto a 12 x 12 wood panel. Session 2 will encompass the layering and embedding of ceramic materials with encaustic paint onto the flat panels, to complete 2 encaustic ceramic collages suitable for wall hanging.
Students will discuss individual projects and concepts one-on-one with instructors and be encouraged to take their work to the next level.
Event Description: Ceramics workshop with Penney Bidwell. Presented by Kirkland Arts Center. Participants will sculpt a small bust using handbuilding techniques in this unique ceramics workshop. Guest artist instructor Penny Bidwell will share her personal method for creating faces and work individually with students to help you find your personal narrative and unique style. Penney's studio is in Denver, Colorado, and has artwork in galleries and exhibitions around the country. All supplies included.
Event Description: This is a hands-on, skill-building workshop for potters with wheel-forming experience. We'll talk about the process of making pots & developing skill and the decisions we make about pots for the kitchen and the table. Glazing and firing techniques will be discussed, and you will have the option to fire your pieces in the studio soda kiln after the workshop.
Event Description: Sarah Pike, a member of the Canadian Make and Do ceramics collaborative will be demonstrating her slab building and texturing skills. She will be sharing her economical slab rolling practice and texture making skills. Students will come away with several new techniques for making stamps and making patterns for slab built pottery. Sarah will be coming down from Fernie B.C. and I am delighted to be hosting her. I have room for 12 people. Please email me direct if you are interested in attending.
This workshop provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques and how to integrate dynamic surface on student’s clay work. Students will develop a vocabulary of personal expression through drawings, patterns, found imagery and more. We will explore applying personal imagery and iconography through several surface techniques using slip, underglaze, newsprint paper, bamboo paper and tyvek paper stencil resist to wet clay. This course is designed to create opportunities for surface design development in our studio practices. We will work small and focus primarily on technique. My goal is to expand your surface decoration repertoire. We will focus on how to create and push ideas, push materials and techniques, and how to push your work further. This course is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome. Previous experience in clay will be helpful!
The National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is having their annual conference in Portland for 2017! So close to Washington, this is a great opportunity to explore the vast possibilities that are available within ceramics! Get registered now!
Event Description: During this day long workshop Kevin will demonstrate his layered approach to construction and surface decoration, discuss the ideas that instigate his narrative illustrations and present an artist’s lecture
Event Description: Jack Troy in this NCECA pre-conference event: offers you the essential tools needed to craft jars, tea bowls, cups and vases. Jack’s demonstration will serve to explain not only what he makes but why; how he thinks about where pieces go in the kiln; the forces of fire and the weather it creates. “Firing has everything to do with what I make”; in the front: heavy weather, dark and hot, in the middle: thinning out, in the back: cooler and swirling. “Action is what I think about, experiments and exchanging information”. Jack will demonstrate wheel work, making tea bowls, cylindrical forms, vases and functional work the first day; trim and alter, carving and texture the second day. His works are infused with poetry and the love of what he does; “It’s why I get up in the morning”.
The Jack Troy demonstration will be held at Olympic College Rotunda Bremerton WA
*Olympic College and Six Ponds LLC is proud to support NCECA in Portland, March 22-25 2017. for more nceca information go to www.nceca.net
Event Description: The weekend before NCECA Portland, Pottery Northwest will host workshops, exhibitions, and evening events. Click for more info!
We will be welcoming the ArtStream Nomadic Gallery.
Reduced rates may be available for college students. E-mail us!
Title of the Event:Adjusting Volume- Insights into Altering, Handbuilding, and Throwing
2017 Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist, Randy Johnston, will be demonstrating his process from 10am-5pm. There will be a potluck lunch break, so please bring something along. There is a limited number of tickets for this event, sign up today!
This demonstration will focus on using a variety of handbuilding techniques including; paper patterns, wood drop forms altering and assemblage.
We will discuss and develop the integration of form and surface for our work addressing both functional and sculptural intentions.
Insights and discussions into Altering, Handbuilding, and Throwing
There will be a spirit of exploration, fun and lively discussions
Event Description: Cathi Jefferson, a renowned Canadian ceramicist, will demonstrate her techniques and will lead you through an exploration of modifying thrown pieces. You'll create exciting new forms, by cutting and folding clay. Cathi will also share the secrets of salt firing.
WCA members receive 10% off one class per calendar year.
Have you ever wondered how Ceramicist Mary Jane Elgin carves those beautiful shapes into her ceramic vessels? How does she get all those holes and cutouts into her pieces without them collapsing? Well, you are in luck - we are offering a one day ceramic carving workshop with Mary Jane herself! Learn all of her secrets and have fun adding a new dimensionality to a simple ceramic vessel!