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.
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.
In this workshop, Alfredo Ratinoff explains the myriad ways of applying surface treatments to ceramics. You experiment with using underglazes, oxides, and ceramic pencil, and in addition to the aforementioned media, Alfredo explains the usages for low-fire glazes and patinas for obtaining a variety of effects at different temperatures and clay bodies. These techniques can be used on wheel-thrown or hand-built forms.
Alfredo Ratinoff was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he trained in ceramics with his master Teodolina Garcia Cabo starting at the age of eleven. He then studied at the National School of Ceramics and also studied drawing and painting at the National Art Academy.
Alfredo specialized for many years in large scale installations of tile and mosaic murals and his works are in many private collections all over the United States and have been exhibited at the Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States, The N.A.S.A Headquarters in Washington D.C, The AT&T Headquarters in Oakton ,VA, Barnes & Noble Corporation in Rockville, MD and New York, N.Y, Strathmore Hall Art Center, Bethesda, MD, The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA and the South Florida Art Center in Miami Beach, FL. He also has the distinction to be in the permanent collection at the Embassy of Argentina in the office of the ambassador.