Clay

Clay Workshops at Penland

 

Penland School of Craft offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week clay workshops 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.

NOTE: Participation in Penland workshops currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document.

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). 

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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
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. 

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Justin Rothshank, Bowls, earthenware, decals, 5 inches diameter
Justin Rothshank, Bowls, earthenware, decals, 5 inches diameter
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).  

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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