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15-WN-WK01 Kiln Firing Decoded
Instructor: Theo Uliano
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 50.00 - $ 45.00 Members
Saturday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (2/28/15 - 2/28/15)
So you have an electric kiln? Do you want to learn more about what it can do and how to trouble shoot minor problems? Find out about firing, programming, kiln setters, cones, holds, ramping up schedules, and firing down to get the results you want from your electric kiln. We will also look at how to adjust your kiln so that it fires properly, understanding error codes and the other menus. Come with your questions about electric kilns and firing methods and leave with answers!
15-WN-WK02 Kiln Maintenance
Instructor: Theo Uliano
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 50.00 - $ 45.00 Members
Saturday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (3/7/15 - 3/7/15)
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.
15-LAWS-02 Dialogs with Here & Not Here: The Use of Culture in Clay
Instructor: Drew Ippoliti
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (3/15/15 - 3/15/15)

At the center of Drew’s practice is the desire to investigate how ceramics explores the regions where culture, decoration and clay converge and collide.   Ceramics has been developed with humanity and carries a catalog of ethnographic material.  Having now lived and worked in East Asia he is captivated by the forensic information that surrounds ceramics.  Focused on the symbols and semiotics of Export Porcelain he considers objects as the ultimate stand in for cross-cultural exchange.   This workshop explores how to generate forms while maintaining cultural fidelity.  You discuss how to apply imagery and complete objects that resonate with their surrounding as well as learn about disposable molds, form generation and plaster pour for prototypes.

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Drew Ippoliti is artist and researcher originally from Boston, Massachusetts; he holds a Master’s Degree in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Drew’s work has been exhibited in several countries including the United States, Canada, China, Korea and Taiwan.   He is currently serving as the Artist in Residence at Tyler School of Art.   Previously Drew has been a Fulbright Fellow to China, a China Ministry of Education Fellow and a Resident at the European Ceramics Work Centre.   

Drew has recently been named a 2015 Taiwan Ministry of Education Research Fellow to continue his investigation into the Symbology of Chinese Blue & White Ceramics.


15-WN-WK08 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (3/21/15 - 3/21/15)
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-SP-WK05 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (4/11/15 - 4/11/15)
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-SP-WK06 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (4/18/15 - 4/18/15)
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-SP-WK07 Saturday Clay Clinics- Wheel Throwing
Instructor: T B A
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 40.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Saturday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (4/25/15 - 4/25/15)
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-SP-WK01 Visiting Artists Workshop: Tomoo Hamada & Simon Leach
Instructor: Simon Leach
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 100.00 - $ 80.00 Members
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (5/12/15 - 5/12/15)
The Clay Studio is proud to bring together for the first time Tomoo Hamada and Simon Leach, two accomplished ceramic artists with fascinating family legacies for a 1-day demonstration workshop. Both artists demonstrate a variety of their wheel thrown forms and decorating techniques as well as discuss their glazes and firing processes. Learn about their families’ important role in the history of studio pottery, and how that has influenced and been a point of departure in their own work and studio practice.
 
Tomoo Hamada and Simon Leach are the grandsons of two influential pottery families whose intertwined history had a significant influence on studio pottery in the 20th century. Together their grandfathers, Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, established the Leach Pottery in 1920 in St. Ives England. Shoji Hamada then established his own studio in Mashiko, Japan in 1931.

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Tomoo Hamada is the son of Shinsaku Hamada and grandson of Shoji Hamada, a founder of the Mingei Movement (folk craft) in Japan and the most well known folk art ceramist of the 20th century. Although Tomoo uses traditional methods, his work is distinctively different from that of his father and grandfather. "What I value most in ceramics is a free spirit combined with impeccable technique." 

Simon Leach is the son of David Leach and grandson of Bernard Leach. Growing up surrounded by a family of potters, he draws on those early influences as well as Japanese and Korean art, but makes work that his influenced by his surroundings and what is personal to him. “I find the ongoing challenge of discovering my own visual language and voice as a potter both exciting and rewarding. It is a lifetime journey.”

Please contact Josie Bockelman, Director of Education, at josie@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x.23 if you have any questions or need hotel recommendations.

15-SP-WK02 Working out the Details: Surface, Form, and Function
Instructor: Adam G. Field
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 300.00 - $ 260.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6/6/15 - 6/7/15)
In this 2-day workshop, Adam Field and Doug Peltzman demonstrate methods of working that have lead them to create distinct, yet complimentary, bodies of work. Both Adam and Doug share a love for pattern and history while incorporating completely different sources, techniques and materials into their pots. Field demonstrates his methods of wheel-throwing porcelain vessels and carving intricate pattern on a variety of forms. Peltzman shares his techniques for throwing and building with porcelain along with his ideas about designing pots with specific glazes in mind. Field’s generous discussions about his time as a potter's apprentice in Korea, personal aesthetics, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. Peltzman shares stories about his life and work from his early years wood-firing to his current exploration with electric firing.  He also discusses his unique perspective on working as a studio potter and what it takes to make a living.  There is also informative discussions geared toward finding inspiration through personal exploration of one’s own practice, both in and out of the studio.  You gain the skills and confidence necessary to explore form, texture, line, and color as a way to blend ideas and concepts with tactile discovery.

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Born and raised in Colorado, Adam Field earned his BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco bay area, where he began his full time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Il Mahn. In 2013 he created and debuted HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston, TX. After maintaining his studio in Durango, CO for 5 years, Adam recently moved to Helena, MT where he is currently a long-term artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation. His works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally.

Doug Peltzman is a full time studio potter in the Hudson Valley area of New York. After several formative years studying painting, Doug came to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz in 2005. From 2006-2008 he served as the ceramic area technician and adjunct instructor at the University of Hartford. In 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Penn State. Most recently, he had the honor of presenting and demonstrating at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for the Utilitarian Clay Symposium. Doug is actively exhibiting his work, as well as teaching workshops both locally and nationally. His work has been featured in many national publications and can be found in homes and kitchens across the country.

Please contact Josie Bockelman, Director of Education, at josie@theclaystudio.org or 215-925-3453 x.23 if you have any questions or need hotel recommendations.


15-SP-WK03 Innovations in Paper Clay: Experimental Sculptural Construction - A versatile Approach
Instructor: Jerry Bennett
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 395.00 - $ 355.00 Members
Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6/19/15 - 6/21/15)
Instructors: Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay & Jerry Bennett

A unique collaboration featuring three leading international paperclay artists; this hands-on workshop provides an opportunity for you to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms and functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials. Together with the instructor’s distinctive perspectives, experiences and techniques, you explore paper clay as a sculptural medium using innovative construction techniques.

 Demonstrations include clay preparation, building techniques for using paper clay (Weaving, dipping absorbent materials, working over armatures, building with paper sandwiched paperclay, slip trailing, working with hard construction utilizing hot wax and stencils for resist,) firing and non-firing options, problem solving related to repair work, rapid working with clay, reducing shrinkage and many other sculptural considerations; all to achieve qualities of translucency, weightlessness and sculptural and experimental building ease.

Participants are encouraged to develop individual ideas and conceptual directions.  The workshop is balanced between demonstrations, special topics presentations and studio construction time.  This material and experimental approach is aesthetically unique and versatile for artists of all ages and feasible within classrooms and studios of all levels and resources.   You receive clay materials and handouts that will provide valuable information about clay and glaze formulas, suppliers, practical applications for clay formulas, both fired and non-fired.