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Spring Short Session Clay

Clay–Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4-studio days)
Hitomi Shibata and Takuro Shibata
Making and Place

In this workshop we’ll explore wheel-throwing, slab construction, and handbuilding to create simple utilitarian pottery: yunomi, mugs, bowls, and plates. We have been making handmade pottery with wild clay for many years, and we’ll share our approach to natural materials and how we combine our material ideas with traditional Japanese techniques. This workshop will inspire your creativity and help foster new ideas for your work. We’ll use cone 10 red stoneware and white slips. We will fire some of the pots to cone 10 test in a gas kiln to show the whole process and the results; the rest of the pots will be bisque-fired to take home. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Hitomi: studio potter; member of International Academy of Ceramics; teaching: Penland, Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), The Art League (VA), East Carolina University (NC); exhibitions: The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Old Church Pottery Show (NJ); publications: Wild Clay (Bloomsbury).  

Takuro: director of STARworks Ceramics (NC); member of International Academy of Ceramics; teaching: Penland, Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), Longwood University (VA); residencies: Peters Valley (NJ), Cub Creek Foundation (VA); exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Old Church Pottery Show (NJ); publications: Wild Clay (Bloomsbury).  

studiotouya.com | @studiotouya | @takuroshibataceramics

ceramic work by hitomi shibata
Hitomi Shibata, Yunomi, North Carolina clay, iron oxide, wood ash, shino, clear glaze; cone-10 fired, 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches each
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Clay Spring Concentration

Clay Spring Concentration
March 5 – April 28, 2023 (8 Weeks)
Justin Rothshank
Decals, Soda Firing, and Pottery

This workshop will cover a variety of throwing/production techniques with earthenware and stoneware, and you will learn how to transfer your imagery onto ceramic work using decal, stamping, and layering techniques. We’ll cover image preparation, printing and transferring decals onto greenware and glazed pots, layering decals, commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals. We’ll fire all kinds of kilns, including wood, and we’ll specifically experiment with electric and soda kilns. We’ll talk about business for the studio potter, including daily production, marketing, and efficiency. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Touchstone (PA), Arrowmont (TN), Harvard Ceramics (MA), Baltimore Clayworks; co-founder of Union Project (Pittsburgh), Michiana Pottery Tour (Michigan, Indiana), and Indiana Clay Conference; collections: High Museum (Atlanta), Frick Museum (Pittsburgh), San Angelo Museum (TX); author of Low Fire Soda and Ceramic Decals: New Ideas and Techniques. 

rothshank.com | @jrothshank 

Justin Rothshank, Bowls, earthenware, decals, 5 inches diameter
Justin Rothshank, Bowls, earthenware, decals, 5 inches diameter
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Fall Weekend Clay and Specials

CLAY/SPECIAL WEEKEND SESSION
October 21 – 23, 2022
Troy Bungart
Making Your Mark: A Brushmaking Intensive

This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to make a variety of basic and compound brushes. We’ll explore the mark-making potential of different hairs, furs, and fibers—both natural and synthetic. We’ll make handles and ferrules from wood and bamboo and visit a nearby bamboo grove to learn how to harvest this material. Slide presentations and discussions will round out the workshop. Students can expect to make 20-60 brushes. All levels. Lower clay studio.

Studio artist, woodworker, brush maker; teaching: Touchstone (PA), Morean Arts Center (FL), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago), Gaya Ceramic Art Center (Bali), Penland; galleries/exhibitions: Schaller Gallery (MI), Pewabic Pottery (MI), Northern Clay Center (MN), Michiana Pottery Tour (IN). 

troybungartstudios.com | @troybungart

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
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Clay Fall Concentration

CLAY FALL CONCENTRATION
October 2 – November 11, 2022
Matt Repsher
Finding Form and Surface

This workshop will focus on developing form and surface in pots, using history, environment, and personal experiences to help students develop their voice in clay. We’ll focus on the techniques I use for creating elaborately patterned vessels–including wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and color-slip inlay. Working mostly with mid-range stoneware fired in electric kilns, students will push the boundaries of ceramic materials by experimenting with multi-layered surface treatments using carving, colored slips, underglazes, and glazes. Projects, exercises, and conversations will stimulate exploration and growth. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Indiana University, University of New Mexico, Penland, Pocosin Arts (NC), Arrowmont (TN), Santa Fe Clay (NM); collections: Boise Art Museum (ID), San Angelo Museum (TX); residencies: Pocosin Arts; Penland Resident Artist Program.

@repsherceramics

Matt Repsher, Weedpot, ceramic, 7 x 5 x 5 inches
Matt Repsher, Weedpot, ceramic, 7 x 5 x 5 inches
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Fall Short Session Week Clay

CLAY SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
(Four studio days)
Andy Shaw
Plates: Designing A Matching Set of Four

This workshop will be a fast-paced exploration of plate design for a table setting of four. Using generative and iterative design methods, each day will highlight a specific technique for shaping plates and for finding a visual language. We’ll begin by asking the question, “What is required of design for objects to be called a set?” Daily technical demonstrations, slide talks, collective learning, and generative exercises such as drawing will help turn our studio into a hothouse of ideas. By week’s end, students will develop a toolbox of strategies for plate design. A range of clay bodies will be available; we’ll conclude with a bisque firing. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Associate professor at Louisiana State University; coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Keramik Exchange (Iceland), co-director of the first Queeramics Symposium (LA); residencies: SÍM (Iceland), Íshús Hafnarfjarðar (Iceland), McKnight at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis), Evelyn Shapiro Fellow at The Clay Studio (Philadelphia); collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute (China), Garth Clark and Mark Delvecchio Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 

artaxis.org/artist/andy-shaw | @awaytowards

Andy Shaw, Dinner Tray, press-molded black stoneware, 1 x 12 x 11 inches
Andy Shaw, Dinner Tray, press-molded black stoneware, 1 x 12 x 11 inches