Clay Workshops at Penland

Penland School of Crafts offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week clay classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include functional and decorative pottery, wheel throwing, handbuilding, clay sculpture, glazing, and salt-, soda-, and wood-firing. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.

 

 


 

 

Spring Concentration
March 12 - May 5, 2017


Nick Schwartz, 2 Gallon Jug, wood- and salt-fired stoneware,

14-1/2 x 8 x 8 inches

 

John Dix, Flask, wood-fired ceramic, natural wood ash,

8 inches high

Nick Schwartz
Painting with Fire

This workshop will explore the art and craft of atmospheric firing techniques. We’ll use the variables of firing with wood and gas, as well as the introduction of salt and soda, to create surfaces of unparalleled beauty on our finished work. We’ll practice the art of tumble stacking to influence the flame’s path through the work as it glazes with ash and atmosphere. While this workshop will focus on firing techniques, we’ll also work in depth to cultivate functional forms that are complimentary to our firings. We’ll be joined for two weeks by guest teacher John Dix. All levels. Code S00CA


Studio artist, hosts atmospheric firings with students and teachers from all over the world; teaching: Mendocino Art Center (CA), Penland, universities across the country; exhibitions: Trax Gallery (CA), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago), Baltimore Clayworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Spring One-Week Session 3
April 23 - 29, 2017


Kurt Anderson, octo-platter, cone 6 porcelain, 14 x 14 x 2 inches

 

Kurt Anderson
Platters and Plates as Canvas

This fun and supportive workshop will focus on making plates and platters through wheelthrowing and slab construction and useing decorative techniques to create unique and personal functional tableware. Students will be introduced to a variety of methods for decorating pottery, including sgraffito, mishima, and simple brush painting. Students will be encouraged to sketch and draw on paper as they develop personal iconography and explore ideas from established pottery archetypes. Basic ceramic experience will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. Code S03CB


Studio artist; teaching: Hunter College (NYC), Ohio State University (OH), Archie Bray Foundation (MT); exhibitions: The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Archie Bray Foundation (MT), AKAR Design Gallery (IA).