Mark Pharis & Matthew Metz: Demo Series at The Potters’ Studio, Berkeley

  • Email or call 510-528-3286 to register

In conjunction with Trax Gallery, this is a two-day Demo Series with Mark Pharis and Matthew Metz.      

                              Dates: November 18 and 19, 2017



Mark Pharis:

Mark’s demonstration will focus on hand-building utilitarian forms. Mark will demonstrate his hand-building techniques and pattern-making and will address the pragmatics of function and conceptual perspectives associated with pots. He is particularly interested in form making and the relationship between two and three dimensions, symbol, metaphor, and the meaning of process.

Mark was educated at the University of Minnesota where he is a professor in the Department of Art. He was chair of the art department from 1998-2004. From 2005-2008 he was Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. He lives and works in western Wisconsin’s heartland.

Mark has a long history of innovation in his work. He moved from wheel throwing and altering forms to hand formed sculptural vessels, yet, he intends his pots to be used with food. He uses CAD software to work out two-dimensional patterns and assembles his pots by cutting forms and piecing them together. He frequently experiments with other materials, using sheet lead, cardboard, and cast iron. Many potters’ respect his work; he has been influential, not only in his manner of working, but in the forms that he generates.

Matthew Metz:

Matt will be demonstrating throwing with porcelain. Many forms will be finished on the wheel, some altered and some constructed. Matt will demonstrate simple approaches to drawing on pots using slip, sgraffito, and sprigging, yielding pots with rich complex surfaces.

Matthew lives in Alfred Station, NY where he shares a studio with his wife, potter and educator, Linda Sikora. He has been a full time potter for the last three decades. Matt has been awarded an NEA Fellowship, and two McKnight grants. His work is in homes, collections and museums throughout this country and internationally. His instagram address is @metzpottery where you can see his work, studio and family.

Both artists will discuss their studio practice and welcome dialogue with the audience.


Saturday, November 18: 1 – 4pm, Demonstration and Slides

5 – 7pm  Trax Gallery opening of Mark and Matthew’s work

Sunday, November 19: 10am – 4pm   Demonstrations and Discussion


WHERE: The Potters’ Studio    1221 8th Street (near Gilman)    Berkeley, CA 94710


SIGNUP AND INFORMATION: Call (510) 528-3286 or email

COST: $150 for both days. Limited seating, advance registration is necessary.




The Schedule

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Demonstration and Slides
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Trax Opening for Pharis and Metz
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Demonstrations and Discussion