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pinch me K-12 Educators Workshop
Jennifer Hoolihan

2-Day Workshop
April 10-11
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Get your hands dirty and have some fun while renewing your professional development credits! Friday night we will explore image transfer techniques and test low fire metallic glazes. Glazed tiles will get fired overnight and unloaded the next day. Saturday morning we will create monoprint images by decorating plaster slabs with underglaze and casting slip, then see a unique bobble head sculpture lesson plan. Wrapping up the afternoon, paper patterns will be used to construct complex folded forms with soft slabs of clay.

Tuition: $100, No Lab Fee

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GabrielKlineweb Bigger Pots Made Easy
Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels

2 ½ Day Workshop
May 1-3
Friday 6:30-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 6pm

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don't have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide rimmed bowls, section building skyscraper pitchers, centering 50-100 lbs of clay and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You'll be amazed at the pieces you create! The weekend will include plenty of studio time in addition to the demos.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $275 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes 100 lbs of clay

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Schwartzkopfweb Tricks of the Trade: Altered Forms
Deb Schwartzkopf

5-Day Workshop
May 25- 29
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Break out of the round and experiment with creating more expressive, functional forms. Both those fluent in wheel throwing and handbuilding will benefit from blending the processes covered in this weeklong workshop. Playful, technique based exercises will hone skills of altering, attaching, and working with slabs to make interesting curvilinear and angled forms. Develop a variety of building blocks using templates, molds, and the wheel, then puzzle them all together into lively and curious shapes! Discussions about influences, idea building and surface decoration will round out this workshop.

Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

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bencarter2web From The Garden To The Table
Ben Carter

5-Day Workshop
June 1-5
Monday- Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Taking inspiration from the beauty of southern gardens, participants will design dinnerware for sharing a large meal. A litany of forms will be explored to make a varied and dynamic table service. Ben will cover throwing, handbuilding, and mold making techniques as well as various forms of surface decoration including sgraffito drawing, underglaze painting, texture and stamps. Bring images of your favorite fruits, flowers and vegetables to inform your designs.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

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Knocheweb Scaling Up: Handbuilding Big
Eric Knoche

5-Day Workshop
June 8- 12
Monday-Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Have you ever dreamed about making large work, but are not sure where to start? This workshop is all about handbuilding BIG work and the challenges and rewards that come with it. Topics will include choosing and preparing the right clay, designing a workable project with sketches and maquettes, engineering and reverse engineering the process, problem solving and repairs. We will also discuss making work for outdoors, and how to dry and fire large work.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes extra clay and firing

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Paullewingweb New Directions In China Painting
Paul Lewing

5-Day Workshop
July 13- 17
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

For the ceramicist who is also a painter, china paint is the perfect medium. From brilliant color to subtle effects, china paint can do anything paint or ink can do, and it's the same color after firing. For this hands-on workshop we will do many firings, and go home with finished pieces. Explore materials and effects most potters have never heard of such as raised pastes, glass ice, chip-off powder and more. We will be using only non-toxic water based mediums. Open to all who are interested in learning painting techniques on clay. No clay experience necessary.

Level: All Levels, No Clay Experience Necessary
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

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Joecampbellweb The Potter's Brush: A Brush Making And Decorating Workshop
Joe Campbell

2 ½-Day Workshop
July 17- 19
Friday 6- 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -4:30pm

Learn all about brush making and decorating the ceramic surface in this hands-on workshop. Join Joe Campbell as he shows you how to make and use beautiful brushes for underglaze, slips, and glazes. Workshop participants will create unique, handmade brushes, then practice using them with dexterity and flair.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $30 Lab Fee

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We're Only Human: The Expressive Figure
Magda Gluszek

5-Day Workshop
July 20- 24
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Examine the human figure as a vehicle for personal expression in clay. We will discuss how historical and contemporary artists communicate content through gesture, expression, distortion and fragmentation. This class will feature a live model, with focus on basic proportions and anatomy. Learn solid-building techniques with a simple, removable armature, followed by hollowing and re-assembly of the sculpture. Ceramic and non-ceramic surfaces will be demonstrated.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab & Model Fee

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Serving Pieces: Two Approaches
Amy Sanders and Jennifer Mecca

2-Day Demonstration Workshop
August 1- 2
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Broaden your skills and learn new techniques while witnessing two unique approaches to working with clay. Jen will demonstrate throwing porcelain while Amy will be handbuilding with earthenware. Demonstrations will include building serving pieces such as baskets, trays, cake plates and bowls; also decorative mark making, glazing, firing and displaying. Participate in lively discussions about studio management, as well as balancing productivity and studio practices with limited studio time. This workshop is Demo Only.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250, No Lab Fee

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Wood Fired Pots: Reservation and Restraint
Bede Clarke

5-Day Workshop
August 17- 21
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Investigate how your pots can be made special through understatement and restraint while building on your basic wheel throwing skills. Explore concepts such as altered forms, inverted throwing, gesture and "skin" of the pot. We will seek to improve throwing skills, but more, we will seek to clarify strategies for creating articulate pottery forms for wood firing. Work will be wood fired in the "Cougar" kiln in Hendersonville, NC.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee

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jrothshankweb The Dynamic Decal
Justin Rothshank

5-Day Workshop
August 31- September 4
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Are you curious about integrating decals into your pottery or sculpture? This workshop will set you up for successfully transferring your own imagery onto ceramic surfaces. Topics will include image preparation, printing onto decal paper, transferring images onto greenware and glazed ware to create unique work. Justin will demonstrate layering, commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals. We will also examine low temperature salt fire as a means for finishing and creating additional layers of subtlety and depth.

Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

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