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 and summer 2017 workshops is currently open.

 

 


 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 1

May 28 - June 9, 2017


Kathy King, Queen Bee, sgraffito-carved porcelain, glaze, copper

luster, 22 x 18 x 2-1/2 inches

 

 


Paul Andrew Wandless, Numo Escaping Anean, low-fire clay,

underglaze, underglaze pencil, glaze, 21 x 10-1/2 x 14 inches

 

 

Kathy King & Paul Andrew Wandless
Print, Clay & Surface Buffet

This workshop will explore a virtual smörgåsbord of printmaking techniques for clay surfaces. Both clay studios will be used to accommodate a broad range of hands-on experimentation. We’ll cover screen printing, relief printing, monoprinting, lithography, photopolymer plates, china painting, decals, sprigging, and embossing—plus a few surprises. Firing options will include electric, raku, foil saggar, and barrel. The processes covered will be useful for both vessel and sculptural work. Intermediate: basic clay skills are required. Code 01CA

 

Kathy: director of education and instructor at Harvard ceramics program (MA); NCECA emerging artist, demonstrating artist, panelist, and juror. Paul: studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), ClaySpace (IL), Odyssey Center (NC); author of Image Transfer on Clay, 500 Prints on Clay, and Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques (all Lark Books).

kathykingart.com

studio3artcompany.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 2

June 11 - 23, 2017


Josh Copus, Moon Jar, wood-fired wild clay, 32 x 24 x 24 inches

 

 


Ben Richardson, Foliage Vase: Headlands Series, wood-fired wild

clay, 7-1/2 x 7-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches

 

 

 

 

Josh Copus & Ben Richardson
Out of Place

This workshop will promote an understanding of place-based making that goes beyond technique. Materials have stories, and we’ll discover them by visiting their sources. We’ll dig wild clay, take other field trips, and incorporate local materials into slips and glazes. In the studio, we’ll focus on inspiration and experimentation as we make pots on and off the wheel and explore sculptural forms. We’ll ask more than how to make; we’ll ask why. Firings will be electric, gas, and wood. Students who like collaboration, storytelling, and adventures will enjoy this workshop. All levels; prior experience will be helpful. Code 02CA

 

Josh: studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN); Windgate fellowship; representation: Blue Spiral (NC), Signature (Atlanta). Ben: studio artist; teaching: University of Tasmania (Australia); work published in Woodfired Ceramics (Schiffer).

joshcopus.com

ridgelinepottery.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Kevin Lips, Permanent Provisoire, wood-fired ceramic,

48 x 24 x 10 inches

 

 


Hervé Rousseau studio image

 

Kevin Lips & Hervé Rousseau
From the Ground to the Kiln

This experimental workshop will move between traditional techniques and contemporary abstraction. Students will learn to process wild clay by hand and foot, in the tradition of the potters of La Borne. We’ll then take these age-old gestures and apply their efficiency and insouciance to making large sculptural forms. Risk and the act of making will be paramount as students gain a new set of techniques for their studio practice. We’ll include presentations on the history of La Borne and other historic French clay centers. We’ll use wild clay; there will be various options for firing. All levels. Code 02CB

 

Kevin: studio artist; Jerome Foundation emerging artist grant; exhibitions: Turn Gallery (NYC), P.P.O.W. (NYC), Centre Ceramique Contemporain (France). Hervé: studio artist; collections: Musée National de la Céramique de Sèvres (Paris), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich).

kevinlips.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 3

June 25 - JULY 7, 2017


A. Blair Clemo, Jar, ceramic, 9 x 8 x 8 inches

 

A. Blair Clemo
Layering Techniques, Crafting Content

This workshop is aimed at challenging and expanding both technical and conceptual approaches to making pottery. By layering basic building techniques such as wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and making and using cast-plaster press molds, demonstrations and activities will challenge participants to push their technical approach to the point of innovation. Along with an emphasis on technical exploration and skill building, this workshop will encourage a dialog about how the materials and techniques we choose can create meaning and content in our work. We’ll work with porcelain and/or stoneware. All levels. Code 03CA

 

Assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University; residencies: Jingdezhen International Studio (China), Zentrum fur Keramik (Germany), International Studio (Hungary), Da Wang Culture Highland (China).

ablairclemo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Kensuke Yamada, Swim, stoneware, 37-1/2 x 18-1/2 x

12-1/2 inches

 

Kensuke Yamada
Building the Figure in Clay

In this workshop, we’ll used basic handbuilding methods, such as coil building and pinching, to create full-size figures, heads, or small wall pieces. Demonstrations will include a variety of techniques that are used in making figurative forms. Individual instruction will help each student make their own unique ceramic pieces. We’ll also cover the history of ceramic figurines, glazing techniques, and how to personalize your pieces. We’ll work with a stoneware sculpture clay with electric low-firing and raku firing. Intermediate level; some previous handbuilding experience is required; figure drawing experience will be helpful. Code 03CB

 

Visiting assistant professor at Centre College (KY); residencies: Archie Bray Foundation (MT), The Clay Studio (PA); exhibitions: Catherine Person Gallery (Seattle), Penland Gallery, Santa Fe Clay (NM).

yamadakensuke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 4

july 9 - 21, 2017


Martina Lantin, Small Storage Jar, earthenware, slip, glaze,

6 x 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches

 

Martina Lantin
Pick Form, Pattern & Repeat

With an emphasis on the marriage of form and surface, this workshop will present structured demonstrations while encouraging open experimentation. Using low-tech methods like monoprint, simple stencils, and stamps, we’ll explore the push-pull relationship between the shape of our pots and the patterns we put on them. Demonstrations will include wheelthrowing techniques, altering forms, and incorporating handbuilt components. We’ll fire both electric and atmospheric kilns using earthenware, however, the techniques taught will translate to any temperature. All levels; basic throwing skills will be helpful. Code 04CA

 

Faculty at Alberta College of Art and Design (Canada); exhibitions: Society for Contemporary Craft (PA), Wayne Center for the Arts (OH), Blue Spiral (NC); collections: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada), University of Arkansas, Colorado University–Boulder.

mlceramics.com

 

 

 


 


Kelly Phelps and Kyle E. Phelps, The Welder, ceramics, mixed

media, 32 x 24 x 10 inches

 

Kelly Phelps & Kyle E. Phelps
The Narrative Figure

In this workshop students will create narrative, figurative ceramic work while learning the formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale and proportion, figure sculpting, hollowing techniques, and surface treatment. To inspire this work, the workshop will include idea generation, musical inspiration, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, discussions, and storytelling. Bisque fire only. All levels. Code 04CB

 

Collaborating artists; Kelly is professor, chair of the art department, and head of sculpture at Xavier University (Cincinnati), Kyle is professor and head of ceramics at University of Dayton (OH); workshop teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Baltimore Clayworks; work featured in Sculpture, Ceramics Monthly, and American Craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 5

july 23 - August 8, 2017


Kevin Crowe, Thrown/Slab Bottle, wood- and salt-fired stoneware,

13 x 14 x 5 inches

 

Kevin Crowe
Woodfiring & Throwing

Participants in this workshop will bring twenty bisqued pots of various sizes (light cone 10 clay body recommended), which they will surface, wad, load, and fire in Penland’s three-chamber wood kiln; the third chamber will be salted. As the kiln cools, we’ll have a throwing workshop. Curiosity and a sense of humor required. All levels. Code 05CA

 

Studio artist; adjunct faculty at Hood College (MD); wood kilns built: Touchstone (PA), Baltimore Clay Works, Horseshoe Mountain Pottery (UT), Penland; recent exhibitions: Crimson Laurel Gallery (NC), Workhouse Arts Center (VA).

kevincrowepottery.com

 

 

 

 


 


Kenneth Baskin, Artifact Series: Rail and Gear, soda-fired

stoneware, 21 x 25 x 7 inches

 

 

 

Kenneth Baskin
Clay Slab & Beyond

This workshop in ceramic sculpture will explore the possibilities of object relationships. We’ll examine how objects interact, the aesthetic implications of these interactions, and their ability to imply movement. We’ll use traditional handbuilding techniques with an emphasis on soft- and stiff-slab construction. We’ll cover darting, extruded form alteration, custom template production, fabricating bracing forms, and surface applications such as clay texturing. We’ll work with stoneware, slips, and glazes, including crater glazes, and fire in mid-range oxidation and soda kilns. All levels. Code 05CB

 

Associate professor and head of ceramics at McNeese State University (LA); collections: Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan), Arkansas Arts Center, Hilliard University Art Museum (LA); work published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures (Lark Books) and Ceramics Monthly.

 


 

 

SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017


Courtney Martin, Star Platter, wood-fired stoneware,

16 x 16 x 2 inches

 

 


Melissa Weiss, Oval Chevron Tray, clay, iron, ash,

13 x 8 x 3/4 inches

 

Courtney Martin & Melissa Weiss
Viva Handbuilding!

Students will start by making custom bisque molds and using them to make dishes. Then we’ll carve pots out of solid chunks of iron-rich stoneware clay in the kurinuki tradition, and we’ll handbuild platters and trays. We’ll add and subtract to enhance our forms: handles, feet, and cut outs. With a variety of resists, glazes, and oxides, we’ll explore pattern and surface on the vessels. We’ll fire to cone 10 in a reduction gas kiln and a salt kiln. All levels. Code 06CA

 

Courtney: studio artist; representation: Freehand (CA), Taos Clay (NM), Lark and Key (NC); exhibitions: Smithsonian Craft Show (DC), solo show at Ryubo Gallery (Japan). Melissa: studio potter; workshop assistant for Phil Rogers and Michael Kline; representation: Lillstreet Gallery (Chicago), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia).


 


Jason Bige Burnett, Sheriff Stars Dessert Plate, ceramic, slip

underglaze, glaze, decals, luster, 7-1/4 x 7-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches

 

Jason Bige Burnett
Ceramic Surface Extravaganza

This intensive workshop will focus on various graphic ceramic surfaces with an emphasis on screen-printed image transfers. Idea development and drawing (or doodling) exercises will help students create personal narratives through patterns, prints, and photos that will adorn ceramic surfaces. Pushing and pulling through layers of material will introduce a combination of techniques, including resists, decals, sgraffito and much more. We’ll use cone 5 stoneware clay and fire in electric kilns. Students can make tiles and/or thrown or handbuilt pots. The techniques can also be applied to sculpture. Come prepared to experiment and play! All levels. Code 06CB

 

Studio artist; teaching: Watershed (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Northern Clay Center (MN); Penland Core Fellowship, Arrowmont artist-in-residence; author of Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfers (Lark Books).

jasonbigeburnett.com

 

 

 


 

 

SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017


Ben Evans, Patchwork Vase, cone 6 stoneware, 10 x 6 x 6 inches

 

 


Jeff Zamek, Cup, 2300º reduction-fired porcelain, 3 x 3-1/4 inches

 

Ben Evans & Jeff Zamek
Basic Glaze Formulation

Many potters are making functional pottery or sculpture but feel limited as to their glaze formulas or application techniques. This hands-on workshop will introduce several simple methods that will enable students to formulate their own glazes and adjust existing glazes for temperature range, color, and texture. Each student will make test tiles using their own glaze formulas. We’ll discuss the causes of and corrections for common glaze defects. Students are welcome to bring questions and examples of clay and glaze defects they have experienced. All levels. Code 07CA

 

Ben: studio artist; teaching: IS183 Art School (MA), representation: 510 Gallery (NY), Stonover Gallery (MA). Jeff: studio artist, ceramic technical expert; author of What Every Potter Should Know, Safety in the Ceramics Studio, and The Potter’s Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook.

jeffzamek.com

benevansceramics.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Bill Griffith, Pouring Pots, stoneware, glaze, 6 x 9 x 5 inches

 

Bill Griffith
Slab-Built Pottery: From Flat to Form

Working with soft slabs, handbuilding construction techniques, templates, and simple molds, students will create a variety of functional pottery forms including cups, tumblers, pouring pots, vases, platters, and one-of-a-kind presentation pots. We’ll emphasize good form, surface texture, and pattern. Discover new ways to create handbuilt, mid-range stoneware pots using minimal tools and equipment. This workshop is especially suitable for educators and students new to handbuilding. We’ll discuss glazes, but, because of limited time, we’ll bisque fire only. All levels. Code 07CB

 

Studio artist and administrator at Arrowmont (TN); teaching: Peters Valley (NJ), CraftSummer (OH); residencies: Watershed (ME), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT); exhibitions: Strictly Functional (PA), Feats of Clay (CA); work published in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Art & Perception.

billgriffithclay.com