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Workshops for Artists

16-SP-WK02 The History of Craft NEW!
Instructor: Jennifer A. Zwilling
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 20.00 - $ 15.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (5/7/16 - 5/7/16)
Join Art Historian and The Clay Studio’s Curator, Jennifer Zwilling, for this Introduction to the History of Craft lecture series. Designed for you to attend one or all three lectures. $10 discount if you sign up for all 3 lectures; call Rachel Pearlman to register at 215-925-3453 x.19.


16-SP-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 (5/7/16 - 5/7/16)
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.
16-SP-WK03 The History of Craft NEW!
Instructor: Jennifer A. Zwilling
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 20.00 - $ 15.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (5/14/16 - 5/14/16)
Join Art Historian and The Clay Studio’s Curator, Jennifer Zwilling, for this Introduction to the History of Craft lecture series. Designed for you to attend one or all three lectures. $10 discount if you sign up for all 3 lectures; call Rachel Pearlman to register at 215-925-3453 x.19.


16-SP-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 (5/14/16 - 5/14/16)
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.
16-LAWS-04 Guest Artist Workshop: A Summer in Old China
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (5/15/16 - 5/15/16)
Learn about the artwork and studio practice of local artist and educator, Matthew Courtney as well as the influence that his recent time in the Gansu Province of China had on his work. Matthew will go in depth about what he saw, what he made in response and why. Watch as he shows you how he makes a clay Sutra book in this fascinating demonstration based workshop.
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Matthew Courtney is a ceramic sculptor. He received his B.S. from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA at Kent State University. He teaches at The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art. He received an Ohio Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Past exhibitions include a Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Exhibition. Recent exhibitions include, “On the Precipice” Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2014, “Artists Musings: An Installation”’ CCC Gallery, Plymouth NH 2014. In June and July of 2015 he did an artist residency in Lanzhou China for the Dunhuang Creative Center at Lanzhou City University which concluded with an exhibition.

16-SP-WK04 The History of Craft NEW!
Instructor: Jennifer A. Zwilling
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 20.00 - $ 15.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (5/21/16 - 5/21/16)
Join Art Historian and The Clay Studio’s Curator, Jennifer Zwilling, for this Introduction to the History of Craft lecture series. Designed for you to attend one or all three lectures. $10 discount if you sign up for all 3 lectures; call Rachel Pearlman to register at 215-925-3453 x.19.


16-SP-WK13 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 (5/21/16 - 5/21/16)
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.
16-SP-WK14 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 (5/28/16 - 5/28/16)
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.
16-SP-WK01 Islamic Design in Clay: Drawing, Relief, and Carving
Instructor: Ibrahim Said
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 275.00 - $ 245.00 Members
Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6/3/16 - 6/5/16)
This is a wonderful opportunity to delve into the work and process of one of The Clay Studio's previous Guest-Artists-In-Residence, Ibrahim Said. He discusses and demonstrates the use of geometry in Islamic design as the basis for both traditional Islamic ware and his own sculptural ceramic work. He takes you through the steps from drawing on paper to translating it onto clay. He shows you how very similar geometric structures can become a variety of patterns in both relief and carving techniques. This three day format gives you the time try to out these techniques with Ibrahim's guidance. All levels welcome, although some experience with clay is required.


16-SU-WK01 Throwing Intensive
Instructor: Daniel Ricardo Teran
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 195.00 - $ 175.00 Members
Monday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (6/13/16 - 6/17/16)
This intensive week-long "adult clay camp" focuses on basic wheel techniques. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of throwing, while more advanced students will review their techniques and correct bad habits!


16-LAWS-05 Throwing and Altering Workshop: Using the Potter’s Wheel as a Creative Tool
Instructor: Neil Patterson
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (7/17/16 - 7/17/16)
This workshop is focused on the potter’s wheel as a creative tool. Traditional pottery forms (cups, jars, teapots, etc.) are presented, as well as assembling and altering thrown forms.  Demonstrations include making oval pots, cutting "darts" to articulate forms and the creation of unique shapes through assembling.  There is an emphasis on exploring a variety of thrown surfaces and textures. Demonstrations follow the evolution of forms as they have become more personal to Neal. This is a student –oriented workshop that aims to help you make work that is more unique and personal.  All levels could benefit from this workshop, and a slide show of Neal’s work, influences and the development is included.

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Patterson has been making pots for over thirty years. Neil has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Louisiana State University.  He was a core student at Penland for two years and spent a year studying Ceramics at Cardiff University in Wales.  He has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia (‘92 - ‘97) and occasionally teaches part-time at local colleges including Swarthmore and Tyler School of Art.  Together with his wife Sandi Pierantozzi Neil has taught workshops nationally; they maintain a studio in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.
 
Neil’s work strives to show the vitality of clay, especially through the use of texture. Most of his forms are begun on the potters wheel and then altered (faceted, ridged, cut and re-assembled.) In his functional work Neil wants to make pots that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to use.


16-LAWS-06 The Importance of Play: Combining Handbuilding with the Wheel
Instructor: Rebecca Chappell
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (8/21/16 - 8/21/16)
Learn about Rebecca Chappell’s studio practice and process for combining handbuilding techniques with wheel thrown forms. This hands-on workshop also highlights the importance of play in the studio to discover new forms and ideas. This workshop is a great opportunity to revitalize your own practice; come prepared to play!
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Rebecca Chappell received her M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008 and her B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. Chappell has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the US. Rebecca was awarded the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship in 2010. She currently resides in Philadelphia PA where she is a resident artist and class teacher at The Clay Studio and other institutions in the area.

16-SU-WK02 Low Fire Surfaces: Color & Expression
Instructor: Lauren Mabry
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 195.00 - $ 175.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (9/17/16 - 9/18/16)
This workshop is designed to teach low-fire surface application techniques and methods of translating expressive surfaces onto flat work, pottery, and sculpture. The basics of colorful low-fire slips and underglaze are explored in ways that encourage you to create depth and complexity in your work while the clay in still in the leather hard stage. Laser print transfer technique is also covered, which is a good method of applying printed patterns and imagery. All printing techniques in this workshop are low-tech and do not require expensive tools or equipment. Everything you learn also translates seamlessly to high fire materials. Tips for glazing, firing, and finishing are addressed in this in-depth workshop.