Ben Carter: Altered Forms & Expressive Slipware Surfaces for Functional Pottery – October 19–20, 2019


October 19–20, 2019     10am–4:30pm.    Cost: $250        

 (PS members & PS students $225)       Limited enrollment

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This workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark-making techniques. During the workshop we will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e., proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at low-fire temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary craft will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice.This workshop is designed for both throwers and hand-builders with at least some experience working with clay.

Ben Carter is a studio potter, educator, and social media enthusiast based in Farmingdale, NJ. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He was named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. He has authored a full-length book, Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, published by Voyageur Press in 2016.