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.