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Workshops for Artists

15-SU-WK09 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Jinsoo Song
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (8/1/15 - 8/1/15)
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.
15-SU-WK10 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Jinsoo Song
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (8/8/15 - 8/8/15)
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.
15-SU-WK11 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Jinsoo Song
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (8/15/15 - 8/15/15)
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.
15-LAWS-04 Nerikomi: Design Within Form
Instructor: Nell Hazinski
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (8/16/15 - 8/16/15)

Nerikomi is an ancient Japanese decorative technique that uses colored clay to make intricate designs directly in the clay, rather than decorating on the surface of the pot. Patterned rolls, or “canes” are formed by stacking different colored clays together. Cross-section slices of these canes are applied to slabs of clay, making decorative clay “fabric.” Working with colored clay in this way is all about patterning-- making colorful designs- flowers, geometrics, checkerboards, stripes etc. and integrating this design into the body of the pot. Learn the basic nerikomi process: coloring clay, making nerikomi rolls and fabric, and using the fabric to construct elegant and sturdy porcelain forms in this demonstration based workshop.

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"I have been making pots all my life- when having full-time demanding jobs, when teaching and raising kids, when my full-time pottery income was $12,000 a year and I felt rich.  Pottery has been the golden thread weaving throughout my life."


Nell taught ceramics at SUNY Binghamton, New York, and was a resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.  During the early 1990’s Nell lived in Tokyo, Japan, and taught ceramics at Seisen International School. Nell exhibits nationally, most recently at Strictly Functional 2014. After moving back to Pennsylvania, Nell opened Milkhouse Studio, in Phoenixville. www.nellhazinski.com

 

 


15-LAWS-05 Slip Casting Art Tiles
Instructor: Lisa Muller
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (9/20/15 - 9/20/15)

Slip casting may be used as an alternative to press molding for tile making using the same, or similar, molds.  So why would someone choose slip casting over press molding?  In this workshop you discuss and learn first hand how open face molds are made for slip casting tile and why they may be the right choice for certain imagery or work styles.  Along with a demonstration of plaster mold making and methods to produce a castable positive, Lisa shows how to build and add imagery to tile using casting slip as well as how to work into the mold itself to refine imagery and add detail.  You also review the entire process from slip to glaze firing, including the use of custom earthenware temperature glazes, color slips and underglazes, firing programs, and how to increase surface interest.  Students may finish their castable image and produce their individual plaster molds outside of this class.

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Lisa Muller has been developing her current body of work for ten years. First inspired by the work of Henry Mercer of Doylestown PA,  she has developed an imagery rich style combining mythology and history with humor.  Narrative in nature,  Ms Muller’s work centers around observing the ordinary and at times blithely comments on relationships and other snares of adult life. She earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia for ceramics, and has taught numerous classes and workshops for a range of age groups.  Ms. Muller exhibits regularly in regional and national shows and has created numerous public installations for a variety of venues including the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and the town of Phoenixville.  She currently lives and works in Pottstown PA. Learn more at www.lisamullerstudio.com.

 

 


15-FA-WK01 Pendent Lighting Workshop
Instructor: Bryan Hopkins
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 265.00 - $ 235.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (10/3/15 - 10/4/15)
Explore simple and advanced techniques for using cone 6 porcelain to create intriguing and modern pendent lighting fixtures. The emphasis is on wheel-thrown forms, however you also learn Bryan's method for building with slip-cast slabs. Play with the endless possibilities that the translucent nature of porcelain clay provides.

15-LAWS-06 Process & Construction: Stacking Parts
Instructor: Jennifer D. Martin
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 95.00 - $ 75.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (10/18/15 - 10/18/15)
Though demonstration of wheel-throwing playful porcelain vessels, Jennifer  shares her techniques for making thrown and freshly altered forms directly on the potter’s wheel, combining thrown parts to create larger work, talk about her philosophy, studio practice and life experiences. 
“I aim to celebrate time and understanding through the creation and manipulation of clay. My pots explore and reference the human form, each diverse yet similar. The lines are markers of time, expression and intent. The spiral is a reference of growth. Imperfections in the surface are scars left by experience and process. Two cups together become a couple, a grouping of pots become a gathering.”
At the core of her practice is the exploration of human connections and experiences. Jennifer is focusing on the ideas, philosophy and influences that affect her work. The demonstration and discussion covera approaches to designing functional and sculptural forms using the potter's wheel as a tool, altering thrown forms and incorporating hand-built elements. She discusses how she developed her own personal vision and is demonstrating a variety of forms, alternative ways of treating the bottom of a piece, making handles from slabs, good craftsmanship, attention to detail and finishing touches. 
You leave with a better understanding of process and construction gaining the skills and confidence necessary to explore form and mark making as a way to blend ideas and concepts within your own tactile discovery. 
This lively workshop will be hosted at Jennifer’s studio in Wayne, PA. Lunch is included.
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Jennifer Martin considers herself a builder. Building ceramic forms, relationships, and community environments is her passion. Jennifer is currently the Vice President of The Clay Studio and an active Studio Artist in the Philadelphia area. Throughout her artistic career, she has worked in multiple arts organizations, participated in numerous residencies, and held instructor and university faculty positions. In each of these environments, Jennifer has built positive relationships and sought to create a sense of community, which is subsequently used to inform her ceramic work. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Georgia Southern University in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Georgia State University in 2000.  
Though demonstration of wheel-throwing playful porcelain vessels, Jennifer  shares her techniques for making thrown and freshly altered forms directly on the potter’s wheel, combining thrown parts to create larger work, talk about her philosophy, studio practice and life experiences. 

“I aim to celebrate time and understanding through the creation and manipulation of clay. My pots explore and reference the human form, each diverse yet similar. The lines are markers of time, expression and intent. The spiral is a reference of growth. Imperfections in the surface are scars left by experience and process. Two cups together become a couple, a grouping of pots become a gathering.”

At the core of her practice is the exploration of human connections and experiences. Jennifer is focusing on the ideas, philosophy and influences that affect her work. The demonstration and discussion covera approaches to designing functional and sculptural forms using the potter's wheel as a tool, altering thrown forms and incorporating hand-built elements. She discusses how she developed her own personal vision and is demonstrating a variety of forms, alternative ways of treating the bottom of a piece, making handles from slabs, good craftsmanship, attention to detail and finishing touches. 
You leave with a better understanding of process and construction gaining the skills and confidence necessary to explore form and mark making as a way to blend ideas and concepts within your own tactile discovery. 
This lively workshop is hosted at Jennifer’s studio in Wayne, PA; lunch is included.

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Jennifer Martin considers herself a builder. Building ceramic forms, relationships, and community environments is her passion. Jennifer is currently the Vice President of The Clay Studio and an active Studio Artist in the Philadelphia area. Throughout her artistic career, she has worked in multiple arts organizations, participated in numerous residencies, and held instructor and university faculty positions. In each of these environments, Jennifer has built positive relationships and sought to create a sense of community, which is subsequently used to inform her ceramic work. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Georgia Southern University in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Georgia State University in 2000.  

15-FA-WK02 Crackpots
Instructor: Theo Uliano
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 50.00 - $ 45.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (11/15/15 - 11/15/15)
This workshop is about painting and drawing using the ceramic medium as a vehicle for direct visual expression. Bold colors, blurry lines and scratchy surfaces are discussed and demonstrated. Painting and pottery are artistic genres from disparate worlds; learn Theo Uliano’s process in joining the two in material and concept. Participants should bring their fears, failures, and foul language. Theo will show you how to draw, scratch and smear it all over your pots. All levels welcome.