Clay Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.





SuMMER session 7

August 24 - 30, 2014


Brian R. Jones, Tumblers, earthenware, slip,

terra sigillata, glaze, 6 x 3 x 3 inches

Brian R. Jones
Structuring Layers

When I make pots, I think of the steps of the making process as layers. It’s a semantic trick to keep myself from separating the making from the glazing. Working with earthenware, we’ll explore different ways to investigate form (bisque molds, throwing parts on the wheel, using patterns, coil building) and ways to articulate the surface (slip, terra sigillata, underglazes, sgraffito), setting ourselves up to both plan and improvise form and surface. This class is meant to provide you with new ways to make pots, look at your work, and think about process. Collaboration will be an important part of our week. We’ll work with earthenware and bisque fire only. Basic throwing skills required. Code 07CA

Studio artist; exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Clark College (WA), Crimson Laurel (NC), Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, Archie Bray (MT), Gallery EXPO (Houston), Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis), Washington State Convention Center, Turman-Lairson Gallery (MT), Pollock Gallery (TX); work published in Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter.





Aisha Harrison, Leaner, clay,

62 x 23 x 19 inches


Aisha Harrison
Figure Sculpting Intensive

The human figure has been a captivating subject in visual art for thousands of years. From bold gestures to the subtle beauty of the body’s curves, this workshop will take your rendering skills to the next level. We’ll focus on close observation of a live model, classic sculpture techniques, and how anatomy affects the body’s shape. We’ll also explore some of the common themes and conceptual uses of the figure in art. We’ll use midrange clay, no firing. All levels. Code 07CB

Studio artist; teaching: Evergreen State College (WA), Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Community College of Baltimore County (MD), Lux Center for the Arts (NE); exhibitions: O’Kane Gallery (TX), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Salon Refu/Susan Christian Project Space (WA); residencies: Lormina Salter Fellow at Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY).








Jason Bige Burnett, Game Night,

earthenware, slip, underglaze,

glaze, decals, luster, 9.5 x 9.5 x 1.25"


Justin Rothshank, Cups, earthenware, decals

luster, 4 x 4 x 4" each

Jason Bige Burnett & Justin Rothshank
Layer Cake: Delicious Ceramic Surfaces

Come indulge in a variety of techniques and treats for your ceramic surfaces. Our menu offers demonstrations for both on- and off-wheel pottery construction. In addition to learning screenprinted image-transfer techniques, stencil generation, and decal design and printing, we’ll use multicolored slips, underglazes, and a variety of commercial and shop-made glazes for electric and atmospheric firings. We’ll work with mid-range and high-fire, red and white clay bodies. We’ll fire a variety of kilns, experimenting with atmospheric and multifiring techniques. All levels. Code F00CA

Jason: teaching: Santa Fe Clay (CA), Baltimore Clayworks (MD); work published in American Craft, Ceramics Monthly; former Penland core fellow.


Justin: studio potter; American Craft Council award of excellence, work sold in more than two dozen galleries and shops nationwide.












FALL SEssion 2

OCTOBER 19 - 25, 2014


Kent McLaughlin, Bird Bottles,

shino and matte glaze on porcelain, 9 inches tall

Kent McLaughlin
A Week of Shino

We will enjoy one week of firing numerous shino glazes in reduction kilns. Bring your stoneware or porcelain bisqueware suitable for cone 10 temperatures, and we’ll explore a variety of shinos and some of the techniques that are possible with this intriguing glaze, including carbon trapping, wax-resist patterning, manipulated drying, carbon cooling, and glaze layering. Have a favorite shino glaze you would like to share? Bring it along. We’ll also make deer-tail brushes, and the workshop will include throwing demonstrations as time permits. All levels. Code F02CB

Studio potter; teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Campbell Folk School (NC), Shakerag (TN), Curaumilla Art Center (Chile), Jingdezhen Art Institute (China); gallery representation: MICA Gallery (NC), Lark and Key (NC), Schaller Gallery (MI), AKAR Design Gallery (IA).







MARCH 8 - MAY 1, 2015


Cynthia Bringle, Bottle with Lid,

clay, 9 x 5-1/2 x 4 inches


Cynthia Bringle
Clay: The Next Level

This workshop will explore mostly wheelthrown pottery—from technique to design—with an eye toward raising each student’s skills to the next level. We’ll work with stoneware and porcelain and fire gas, salt, and soda kilns. The workshop will include field trips to area studios and discussions of studio practice and marketing. During a two-week visit, Jerolyn Morrison will introduce the ancient pot-making and cooking techniques of the Minoan civilization (3000–1485 BCE). Students will make and use Minoan-style cooking pots to create ancient flavors. Intermediate to advanced level; throwing skills required. Code S00CA

Studio artist and workshop teacher; fellow of the American Craft Council, North Carolina Award, honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art; collections: North Carolina Governor’s Residence, Mint Museum, and many kitchen cabinets.






SPRING session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015

Joy Seidler, Two Moon Journals, paste paper coptic binding,

9 x 12 inches, dust jacket journal with image sewn, 10 x 8 inches

Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Mindfulness & Making

Our workshop will focus on discovering authentic personal entry points into the creative process. Together we’ll explore mindful participation with creativity and with life as we avoid the temptations of control and end-gain. We will use crafts—including pastepaper, journal making, clay work, and other forms—as a vehicle for the practice of presence and receptivity and for experiencing interconnectedness. We’ll also explore meditation, strategies for bringing mindful practices into your life, and the role of service in craft. And we’ll address questions such as, “What does it mean to be a vehicle for creative life force while being an object maker?” and “How can our creative processes assist us in being more awake in the world?” All levels. Code S02CB

Caverly: meditation teacher, Zen practitioner and founding director of One House of Peace.


Joy: studio artist, consultant, educator, trainer of teachers; 20 summers of pastepaper journal workshops in Massachusetts.





spring SEssion 3

april 19 - 25, 2015


Pam Brewer, Grin and Bear It,

ceramic glaze test tiles, concrete 10 x 16 x 13 inches>

Pam Brewer
Mosaic: An Exploration

Students will learn a direct-application mosaic process and explore unique ways of seeing mosaics. While addressing both the art and craft of this ancient art form, we’ll consider the rules and how to break them—both literally and figuratively. Exploration will include exercises with a variety of forms, substrates (architectural or sculptural), and application techniques. We’ll interpret scale and scope and incorporate a variety of materials including artist-made tiles and reclaimed and found parts. All levels. Code S03CB

Studio artist, interior designer; teaching: Appalachian State University (NC), Odyssey Center (NC), Campbell Folk School; community/public art: The Free Clinic (NC), Appalachian State University (NC), Christ Church Episcopal School (SC), Watauga High School (NC)..