Clay

Clay Workshops at Penland

 

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS

We have eliminated the early-registration lottery. We will begin accepting registration for 2018 summer workshops at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, January 8. Registration for full-pay students will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until workshops are filled. Spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarship applications are due by February 17.

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.

Clay Spring Concentration
March 11 – May 4
Sunshine Cobb
Wheelthrowing and Handbuilding Techniques

This intensive workshop will be explore form and content through functional ceramics by diving deep into a combination of both handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques. And we will cover a broad range of surface solutions. Participants can also expect creative exercises and critical discussions relative to form, surface, and the balance of both. We’ll also have sessions on developing online and social media content and discussions of business models that working artists are using today. You will delve into your makers’ mind and develop new approaches and ideas to your work. All levels. Studio fee: $85. Code S00CA

Studio artist; teaching: Red Clay Lodge (MT), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Anderson Ranch (CO), Penland; Archie Bray Foundation (MT) long-term residency; named 2013 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly and NCECA; author of the forthcoming Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coil, and More (Voyageur Press, 2018).

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NOTE: Israel Davis was originally scheduled to teach the spring clay workshop. He had to cancel and Sunshine Cobb graciously agreed to fill in. She is teaching a different workshop than the one that Israel planned so this workshop description differs from the one that is in our printed catalog.

Sunshine Cobb, "Mug Shot," clay, glaze, 3 x 3 inches each
Clay Spring One-Week Session Three
April 22-28
Lisa Pedolsky
Handbuilt: Conceive, Construct, Embellish

Using techniques similar to package design and dressmaking, we’ll explore slab-constructed functional forms using earthenware clay. Beginning with concept drawings, we’ll make patterns with paper and roofing felt and then create and assemble clay components. Surface treatment techniques will include layers, slips, sgraffito, stencils, and the use of familiar and unconventional tools. Students will discover how various techniques may be combined to achieve more complex forms and effects. The week will conclude with a bisque firing and glaze demonstrations. All levels. Studio fee: $40. Code S03CB

Studio artist; teaching: Shakerag Workshops (TN), Taos Clay (NM), San Juan College (NM), Plinth Gallery (CO); residencies: NCECA International Partners Program, Centro de Arte Curaumilla (Chile); representation: Plinth Gallery (CO), Diane West (CO), La Mesa of Santa Fe (NM); publications: Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Vases (Lark Books).

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Lisa Pedolsky, "Flask Vase," earthenware, multiple glazes, 14 x 71/2 x 4 inches
Clay Summer Session One
May 27–June 8
Simon Levin
See What You Did

What is the effect of your choices? This will be a making class, focused on the development and execution of ideas. We’ll produce a lot of work, take playful risks, and share feedback. The goal is to make you a better, more articulate potter—to see what you did. Through fun exercises, painlessly quick critiques, and a lot of making, you’ll leave with a foundation and vocabulary of self-critique that will guide your future work. In addition, we’ll load and fire two wood kilns, taking ownership of wadding, placement, flashing, and surface with a careful eye on results. Basic wheelthrowing and handbuilding skills required. Code 01CA

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Arrowmont (TN), Greenwich House Pottery (NYC), Archie Bray Foundation (MT); Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (Taiwan); solo exhibitions: Buena Vista University (IA), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT), AKAR Gallery (IA), Signature Gallery (Atlanta); has built 22 kilns across 4 countries.

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Simon Levin, "Four-Point Bowl," wood-fired stoneware, 6 x 22 inches
Simon Levin, "Four-Point Bowl," wood-fired stoneware, 6 x 22 inches
Clay Summer Session One
May 27-June 8
Jenny Mendes & Shoko Teruyama
Slip Slidin’ Away

We’ll handbuild earthenware to make a wide range of work from vessels to sculpture. Using terra sigillata, slips, and glazes at cone 04, students will investigate form, decoration, drawing, imagery, and narrative. Through discussion, demonstration, and collaboration, we hope to awaken new possibilities in all of our work! The only prerequisite is a willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory. All levels. Code 01CB

Jenny: studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Santa Fe Clay, Baltimore Clayworks; exhibitions: AKAR Gallery (IA), TRAX Gallery (CA); former Penland resident artist. Shoko: studio artist; teaching: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alfred University (NY); presenter: Utilitarian Clay (TN), NCECA 2017 (OR); former Penland resident artist.

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Jenny Mendes, "Cat Mask," ceramic, terra sigillata, 9 x 9 x 4 inches
Shoko Teruyama, "Mug with Birds," earthenware, 3 x 4 inches
Clay Summer Session Two
June 10–22
Matt Kelleher
Thrown & Handbuilt Pitchers

We’ll find the potential of the pitcher as we investigate body, spout, and handle. Demonstrations will focus on thrown and handbuilt systems to encourage new compositional solutions. Each student will work in a variety of sizes, from creamers to large water pitchers. Techniques will include stacking forms, wrapping bisque molds, and cut-out spout patterns. We’ll use high-fire clay in atmospheric and reduction kilns. This workshop will not cover basic wheelthrowing, so beginning potters will focus on handbuilding. All levels. Code 02CA

Assistant professor at Alfred University (NY); other teaching: Shakerag (TN), Penland; residencies: Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan); exhibitions: Delaware Art Museum, Signature Gallery (Atlanta), AKAR Gallery (IA); former Penland resident artist.

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Matt Kelleher, "Pitcher," handbuilt red clay, soda-fired to cone 3, 14 x 7 x 6 inches
Matt Kelleher, "Pitcher," handbuilt red clay, soda-fired to cone 3, 14 x 7 x 6 inches
Clay Summer Session Two
June 10–22
Lauren Karle & Gail Kendall
Handbuilding Pottery: Form & Surface

Two instructors will demonstrate handbuilt functional pottery using different approaches to forming and decorating. Working with red earthenware, we’ll cover hard and soft slab construction, coil building, darting, bisque molds, slip transfers, wax resist, sgraffito, and decorating with underglazes and stains. Discussions will explore the nature and consequences of pattern and decoration, simple and complex form-making, approaches to color, and other topics. All levels; knowledge of clay vocabulary, materials, and techniques will be helpful. Code 02CB

Lauren: studio artist; teaching: Santa Fe Clay (NM), Kansas State University; NCECA emerging artist award, Bemis Center Betty Woodman prize (NE). Gail: Professor emeritus from University of Nebraska-Lincoln; NCECA lifetime achievement award.

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Lauren Karle, "Learning to Make Flour Tortillas with Aunt Blanca," earthenware, slip, mason stain wash, glaze, 4 x 7-1/2 inches
Lauren Karle, "Learning to Make Flour Tortillas with Aunt Blanca," earthenware, slip, mason stain wash, glaze, 4 x 7-1/2 inches
Gail Kendall, "Teapot," slipped terra cotta, underglaze, glaze, china paint, 9 x 8 x 6 inches
Gail Kendall, "Teapot," slipped terra cotta, underglaze, glaze, china paint, 9 x 8 x 6 inches
Clay Summer Session Three
June 24–July 6
Karen Newgard
Carving on Pots: It’s Not All Black & White

This workshop will concentrate on the relationship between the thrown form and its decoration. Exploration of form, pattern, and individual narratives will progress through throwing projects and collaborations. We’ll focus on the sgraffito carving technique using terra sigillata, glazes, and flashing slips. We’ll work with porcelain and/or white stoneware and fire our work in the salt kiln. All levels; basic throwing skills will be helpful. Code 03CA

Studio artist; teaching: Odyssey Center (NC), Penland; exhibitions: GreenHill Center (NC), AKAR Gallery (IA), Mud Fire Gallery (Atlanta); collections: US Federal Reserve Bank (New Orleans), Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (China), North Carolina Governor’s Western Residence; former Penland core fellow.

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Karen Newgard, "Luncheon Plate," salt-fired porcelain, terra sigillata, 8 x 11/2 inches
Karen Newgard, "Luncheon Plate," salt-fired porcelain, terra sigillata, 8 x 11/2 inches
Clay Summer Session Three
June 24–July 6
Kelly O’Briant
The Ceramic (Still) Life

Students will build an intentional grouping of related objects inspired by their own lives and personal narratives. From organic sculptural forms to functional vessels, we’ll examine how clay records our actions and conveys them back into the world. Demonstrations will focus on coiling and pinching ceramic objects that range in size, shape, detail, and surface texture. We’ll work with glazed and unglazed surfaces and fire to cone 6. Discussions will include concept building, material choices, problem solving, and the technical aspects of process, presentation, installation, studio practice, and more. All levels. Code 03CB

Assistant professor at University of Dallas; NCECA emerging artist award; residencies: Pottery Workshop (China), Archie Bray Foundation (MT), International Ceramics Studio (Hungary); exhibitions: Penland Gallery, Windows Gallery (China), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; former Penland core fellow.

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Kelly O’Briant, "All the Good Things" (detail), porcelain, gold; bowls approximately 2-1/2 inches diameter
Kelly O’Briant, "All the Good Things" (detail), porcelain, gold; bowls approximately 2-1/2 inches diameter
Clay Summer Session Four
July 8–20
Kenyon Hansen
A Slower Pace

This workshop will focus on slowing down, resulting in thoughtfully made utilitarian 
ceramics for the table and home. We’ll generate forms on the wheel and then take them to the table to be altered through the addition and subtraction of clay. We’ll create finely crafted objects with specific purposes, including mugs, teapots, covered pitchers, and lidded jars. We’ll practice various loading techniques as we load the soda kiln, which will be fired to cone 9–10. All levels; some throwing experience will be helpful. Code 04CA

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Greenwich House Pottery (NYC); residencies: Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Watershed Center (ME); exhibitions: AKAR Gallery (IA), Schaller Gallery (IA), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT), Artstream Nomadic Gallery (CO).

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Kenyon Hansen, "Lidded Jar," soda-fired porcelain, multiple glazes, 10 x 12 x 12 inches
Kenyon Hansen, "Lidded Jar," soda-fired porcelain, multiple glazes, 10 x 12 x 12 inches
Clay Summer Session Four
July 8–20
Keith Wallace Smith
Figuring Out the Figure

This workshop will focus on handbuilding processes for creating convincing figurative sculpture. We’ll cover ways to approach trouble spots such as hands, ears, and feet. Students will learn to create 2d and 3d references for figurative sculptures, methods of building, measurements, and which parts of the body are most important to understand. We’ll work with terra cotta clay and fire to cone 04. All levels. Code 04CB

Assistant professor at Kennesaw State University (GA); collections: Montgomery Museum of Art (AL), Watershed (ME), California College of the Arts Museum; work published in Confrontational Clay by Judith Schwartz and The Figure in Clay by Suzanne Tourtillott.

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Keith Wallace Smith, "John Henry, The Rise," ceramic, 16 x 10 x 8 inches
Keith Wallace Smith, "John Henry, The Rise," ceramic, 16 x 10 x 8 inches
Clay Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Ronan Kyle Peterson
Juicy!

In this functional pottery workshop, we’ll work with red earthenware and use slips, terra sigillatas, and glazes to juice up our surfaces with imagery, textures, patterns, and lots of color! Techniques will include hakame, sgraffito, resists, slip/glaze trailing, and glaze layering and patterning. Focusing on cups, pitchers, and drinking sets and firing in electric kilns will allow us to experiment and process lots of information while improving throwing, construction, and design skills. Demonstrations will mostly be on the wheel but will include handbuilt elements. Students must be able to center and throw two pounds of clay or be comfortable constructing handbuilt forms. Code 05CA

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Mudfire Studio (GA), Sierra Nevada College workshops (CA), The Kiln Studio (AL), Penland; exhibitions: Charlie Cummings Gallery (FL), Bascom Arts Center (NC), 18 Hands Gallery (Dallas), Pullen Arts Center (NC); former Penland core fellow.

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Ronan Kyle Peterson, "Liney Bird Pitcher," red earthenware, layered slips, terra sigillatas, glazes, 8 x 8 x 6 inches
Ronan Kyle Peterson, "Liney Bird Pitcher," red earthenware, layered slips, terra sigillatas, glazes, 8 x 8 x 6 inches
Clay Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Kyungmin Park & Taylor Robenalt
Pristine Porcelain

This workshop will focus on creating human figures, flora, and fauna in porcelain. The instructors will demonstrate various technical processes to help students achieve crisp, clean lines and tight surfaces. Students will explore different facial expressions and gestures in figurative sculptures and how creatures can create different conceptual ideas and symbolism. The workshop will conclude with group and individual critiques. All levels. Code 05CB

Kyungmin: assistant professor at Endicott College (MA); NCECA and Ceramics Monthly emerging artist awards; Archie Bray Foundation (MT) residency. Taylor: adjunct professor at State College of Florida; residencies: Odyssey Clayworks (NC), Watershed Center (ME); Red Lodge Clay Center (MT).

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Kyungmin Park, "Shall We?," porcelain, underglaze, glaze, zirconia, 16 x 14 x 14 inches
Kyungmin Park, "Shall We?," porcelain, underglaze, glaze, zirconia, 16 x 14 x 14 inches
Taylor Robenalt, "Cluster: Bear Thoughts," porcelain, underglaze, glaze, luster, 6 x 14-1/2 x 15 inches
Taylor Robenalt, "Cluster: Bear Thoughts," porcelain, underglaze, glaze, luster, 6 x 14-1/2 x 15 inches
Clay Summer Session Six
August 12–24
William Baker & Joy Tanner
Form & Fire

This workshop will explore the details of making successful pots and firing in atmospheric kilns. We’ll show two approaches to the wheel and cover techniques for altering forms, adding handbuilt elements, and embellishing with texture and pattern. We’ll talk about designing strong forms and navigating clays, slips, and kilns. Working with stoneware, students will make work for the soda kilns and the small wood kiln and may bring bisqueware from home. All levels; wheelthrowing experience will be helpful. Code 06CA

William: studio artist, kiln builder; residencies: Odyssey Center (NC), EnergyXChange (NC); exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Greenville Center (SC). Joy: studio artist; teaching: Clayworks (NC), Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference (VA); residencies: Watershed Center (ME), Odyssey Center (NC), EnergyXChange (NC).

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William Baker, "Rectangle Vase," wood- and soda-fired stoneware, 7 x 15 x 5 inches
William Baker, "Rectangle Vase," wood- and soda-fired stoneware, 7 x 15 x 5 inches
Joy Tanner, "Carved Ewer," soda-fired porcelain, 8 x 6 x 41/2 inches
Joy Tanner, "Carved Ewer," soda-fired porcelain, 8 x 6 x 41/2 inches
Clay Summer Session Six
August 12–24
Paul Briggs
Pinch-Forming: A Mindful Approach

We’ll move beyond the threshold of the five-inch pinch-formed bowl by focusing on the movement of clay upward and around the expanding clay form. Our process will involve growing and expanding a form from one piece of clay with no additions or subtractions while being mindful of transitions in the forming process. Students will gain fluency with cylindrical, bowl, and vase forms and refine these objects during the hardening stages. Then they will learn to strategically reserve clay within a form to create relief patterns and designs that emerge from the pinch-formed vessel. Mid-range electric firing. All levels. Code 06CB

Assistant professor at St. Olaf College (MN); exhibitions: Maine College of Art, University of North Florida, Bakalar-Paine Galleries (Boston), University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University (TN).

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Paul Briggs, "Calyx Cauldron," unglazed stoneware, 10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches
Paul Briggs, "Calyx Cauldron," unglazed stoneware, 10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches
Clay Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Ben Carter
Finding Pattern in Nature

This workshop will focus on integrating patterns found in nature with altered wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. Students will learn a variety of surface design methods, including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping, and other mark making techniques. During the workshop we’ll discuss aesthetic issues (proportion, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at low-fire temperatures, and creative problem solving. We’ll also discuss marketing, social media, and the changing landscape of contemporary craft. Students will leave recharged, rejuvenated, and ready to grow in their own studio practice. All levels. Code 07CA

Studio artist; teaching: The Pottery Workshop (China), University of Florida, Odyssey Center (NC); Ceramics Monthly artist of the year; residencies: Anderson Ranch (CO), Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Guldagergaard Research Center (Denmark); author of Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, host of the podcast Tales of a Red Clay Rambler.

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Ben Carter, "Thicket Jug," earthenware, slips, underglaze, glaze, 10 x 6 x 6 inches
Ben Carter, "Thicket Jug," earthenware, slips, underglaze, glaze, 10 x 6 x 6 inches
Clay Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Troy Bungart
Brushmaking: From Tool to Treasure

In this mixed-media brushmaking workshop, we’ll explore the idea that a tool can be a piece of functional artwork. We’ll make a variety of brushes and learn how to harvest and source materials. We’ll create brush heads from hair, fur, and natural fiber. We’ll use bamboo, wood, and clay to make handles, ferrules, brush rests, and brush stands. We’ll have discussions, slide presentations, and potential collaborations. The brushes can be used in various media with the possibility of marks unique to each brush. All levels. Code 07CB

Studio artist; teaching: Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago), Rovin Ceramics (MI), Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA), Gaya Ceramic Art Center (Bali); exhibitions: Schaller Gallery (MI), Companion Gallery (TN), Pewabic Pottery (Detroit), Michiana Pottery Tour (IN), Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis).

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Troy Bungart, "Compound Brush," bamboo, wood, goat hair, leather, 12 x 3 inches
Troy Bungart, "Compound Brush," bamboo, wood, goat hair, leather, 12 x 3 inches