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Workshops for Artists

17-WN-WK10 Let's Make! Intro to Wheel ThrowingFull, Waitlist Available
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (2/25/17 - 2/25/17)
Enjoy a relaxing, creative afternoon playing on the potter's wheel. Explore the basics of centering clay and throwing bowls and cylinders on the wheel.  More experienced participants will be guided individually by the instructor depending on your interests and level. Lead by an experienced instructor, these fun and informative workshops are designed for those who are curious about clay or want to further their skills without the commitment of a class. Clay, tools and firing/ processing are included. Bring your friends and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Rachel Pearlman at rachel@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x 19 for more information.

17-WN-WK03 Master Artist Workshop with Magdalene OdundoFull, Waitlist Available
Instructor: Magdalene Odundo
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 225.00 - $ 195.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (3/4/17 - 3/5/17)
Join us for a hands-on workshop with internationally renowned artist, Magdalene Odundo, who will demonstrate how she makes her stunning hand built coil vessels. This is a unique opportunity to work with a master artist and learn about her process, firing methods, and philosophy. Please note: This workshop is Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm with a one hour lunch. The workshop is in partnership with the Tyler School of Art located at their Ceramic Studios.

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Magdalene Odundo is a Kenyan born British artist whose work is both contemporary and connected to the forms of African ceramics.  Her career has been dedicated to making stunning hand built, unique art objects, as well as to teaching the next generation of ceramic artists in the UK.  In 2008 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for services to the Arts.

Magdalene Odundo will be The Clay Studio Guest Artist in Residence through March and April 2017.  Her work will be on display, and the Harrison Gallery will be transformed into her artist studio.  Public hours will allow community members to interact with her in the studio.

17-WN-WK11 Let's Make! Intro to Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (3/4/17 - 3/4/17)
Enjoy a relaxing, creative afternoon playing on the potter's wheel. Explore the basics of centering clay and throwing bowls and cylinders on the wheel.  More experienced participants will be guided individually by the instructor depending on your interests and level. Lead by an experienced instructor, these fun and informative workshops are designed for those who are curious about clay or want to further their skills without the commitment of a class. Clay, tools and firing/ processing are included. Bring your friends and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Rachel Pearlman at rachel@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x 19 for more information.

17-WN-WK12 Let's Make! Intro to Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (3/11/17 - 3/11/17)
Enjoy a relaxing, creative afternoon playing on the potter's wheel. Explore the basics of centering clay and throwing bowls and cylinders on the wheel.  More experienced participants will be guided individually by the instructor depending on your interests and level. Lead by an experienced instructor, these fun and informative workshops are designed for those who are curious about clay or want to further their skills without the commitment of a class. Clay, tools and firing/ processing are included. Bring your friends and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Rachel Pearlman at rachel@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x 19 for more information.

17-WN-WK02 Kiln Maintenance
Instructor: Ken Beidler
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 50.00 - $ 45.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (3/12/17 - 3/12/17)
Does your kiln need a little attention- crumbling soft brick, a bad element or connection? Learn how to replace elements, soft brick, thermocouples, transistors, connector wires, and other basic repairs that you can do yourself. In this session we will take apart a small electric kiln; replace the soft brick, the elements and rewire all of the connections. Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to maintain your own kiln.
17-SP-WK03 Let's Make! Intro to Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (4/8/17 - 4/8/17)
Enjoy a relaxing, creative afternoon playing on the potter's wheel. Explore the basics of centering clay and throwing bowls and cylinders on the wheel.  More experienced participants will be guided individually by the instructor depending on your interests and level. Lead by an experienced instructor, these fun and informative workshops are designed for those who are curious about clay or want to further their skills without the commitment of a class. Clay, tools and firing/ processing are included. Bring your friends and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Rachel Pearlman at rachel@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x 19 for more information.

17-SP-WK01 The Vessel as Canvas & Archive
Instructor: Jessica Brandl
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 195.00 - $ 180.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (4/22/17 - 4/23/17)
This workshop explores the visual potential to construct a narrative image that informs the vessel by utilizing 3D printed elements and drawings that intersect both picture and form. The use of virtual artifacts taken from 3 dimensional scans, drawing and transfer methods with stencils as well as the use of underglaze and glaze as paint are covered. Ceramic 3D printing, handbuilding, wheel throwing, and press molding techniques are demonstrated to produce sculptural vessels with dynamic compositions. (Please note: this workshop is Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm with a 1 hour lunch.)

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Jessica Brandl attended Concordia University for drawing and painting. She then attended The Kansas City Art Institute to study ceramics and art history earning her BFA. Brandl received her MFA from The Ohio State University and is the recipient of awards including the Fergus Scholarship Award, and Fergus Installation Grant. She has been awarded numerous residencies including The Armory Center in Palm Beach, FL, the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, ME, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and was recently awarded a residency at the Ceramics Program Office for the Arts at Harvard in Allston, MA.

17-LAWS-02 Wheel Throwing Sectional Pots
Instructor: Nathan Willever
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 50.00 - $ 45.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (5/21/17 - 5/21/17)
This workshop focuses on making taller and more complex forms on the wheel using a process called “stacking,” where two thrown sections are joined together to make covered jars, pitchers, and bottles. Lids, pulled handles, and pitcher spouts are discussed and demonstrated. You will also learn to make handmade brushes out of bamboo and deer tail.
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Nathan Willever was raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. He worked as a journeyman production potter for five years after finishing school. He has taught numerous workshops on functional pottery around the region. Nathan is currently a full time studio potter living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

17-SP-WK02 The Figure in Clay
Instructor: Grace Tessein
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 195.00 - $ 180.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6/17/17 - 6/17/17)
This figure-based workshop focuses on soft slab building as the primary construction method for creating a clay bust, as it allows the form to be manipulated from both the inside and the outside. With attention given to facial features, you will learn how to map out proportions and create various textures such as hair and skin.

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Grace Tessein grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. She attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and worked for The Clay Studio as staff and an instructor. She is currently in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. She has assisted various ceramic artists including John and Andrea Gill, Walter McConnell, and Kala Stein.