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Workshops for Artists

16-SU-WK06 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 (7/9/16 - 7/9/16)
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-SU-WK03 What you bring to the table: Narrative through China Paint
Instructor: Roberto Lugo
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (7/10/16 - 7/10/16)
In this workshop you are asked to complete a improvisational and instinctive writing component that is then combined with the writing of other participants. These written accounts of previous life experiences are used to give direction to a workshop in overglaze application(China Painting) on ceramic objects. China Painting has been used historically since ancient China to paint wares for royalty; China painting allows makers to apply color in a way that will look similar to its post-fired state.

You learn technical skills that can be added to your practice as well as to help you explore how performative writing can be used to develop narrative. Considering Elizabeth King's notion of "process saves us from the poverty of our own intent," you are asked to work instinctively and collaboratively to see how both china paint can be used and how to work through creative blocks.

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As an artist—a potter, painter, and performance artist—my work is a reflection of the diversity of my life experiences,” says Roberto Lugo, who teaches ceramics. Roberto’s life as an artist began in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he grew up painting graffiti on abandoned buildings, and has taken him as far as painting porcelain china in Hungary. He still calls himself a “ghetto potter,” reflecting on his inner-city origins, but he equates ghetto with the word “resourceful.” “I juxtapose porcelain with graffiti in the hopes that we can start to see how different cultural histories can work together.”

Roberto Lugo attended Kansas City Art Institute, earning his BA in 2012, and went on to the Penn State University School of Visual Arts to earn his MFA in 2014. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Education from Penn State, and is now a tenure track professor of ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. He was honored as an Emerging Artist by NCECA in 2015.

- See more at: https://www.theclaystudio.org/about/guest/lugo.php#sthash.6GvpHwlx.dpuf
As an artist—a potter, painter, and performance artist—my work is a reflection of the diversity of my life experiences,” says Roberto Lugo, who teaches ceramics. Roberto’s life as an artist began in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he grew up painting graffiti on abandoned buildings, and has taken him as far as painting porcelain china in Hungary. He still calls himself a “ghetto potter,” reflecting on his inner-city origins, but he equates ghetto with the word “resourceful.” “I juxtapose porcelain with graffiti in the hopes that we can start to see how different cultural histories can work together.”

Roberto Lugo attended Kansas City Art Institute, earning his BA in 2012, and went on to the Penn State University School of Visual Arts to earn his MFA in 2014. He is The Clay Studio's Guest Artist in Residence this June-July. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Education from Penn State, and is now a tenure track professor of ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. He was honored as an Emerging Artist by NCECA in 2015.

As an artist—a potter, painter, and performance artist—my work is a reflection of the diversity of my life experiences,” says Roberto Lugo, who teaches ceramics. Roberto’s life as an artist began in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he grew up painting graffiti on abandoned buildings, and has taken him as far as painting porcelain china in Hungary. He still calls himself a “ghetto potter,” reflecting on his inner-city origins, but he equates ghetto with the word “resourceful.” “I juxtapose porcelain with graffiti in the hopes that we can start to see how different cultural histories can work together.”

Roberto Lugo attended Kansas City Art Institute, earning his BA in 2012, and went on to the Penn State University School of Visual Arts to earn his MFA in 2014. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Education from Penn State, and is now a tenure track professor of ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. He was honored as an Emerging Artist by NCECA in 2015.

- See more at: https://www.theclaystudio.org/about/guest/lugo.php#sthash.6GvpHwlx.dpuf



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-SU-WK08 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 (7/23/16 - 7/23/16)
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-SU-WK09 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 (7/30/16 - 7/30/16)
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-SU-WK10 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 (8/6/16 - 8/6/16)
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-SU-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 (8/13/16 - 8/13/16)
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-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.
16-LAWS-07 Expanding the World of Surface Treatments in Ceramics
Instructor: Alfredo Ratinoff
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 60.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (9/18/16 - 9/18/16)
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.