Surface Treatment: Stamp, Print, Brush, Trail
August 23 – 26
This workshop will be about enhancing one’s hand-built work by combining a number of surface techniques using textures, colored slips, and underglazes. The techniques that will be covered include slip trailing, using commercial and DIY stencils, DIY underglaze transfers, mono printing, underglaze inlay and more. Each technique will be demonstrated by Lynn and practiced by the participants. We will then explore the possibilities of combining these techniques. Discussion of design principles will naturally be a part of this workshop. Come join in and add some color techniques into your surface toolbox.
IN-PERSON CERAMICS CLASSES: Starting July 6! Beginning July 6, we are offering 8 in-person classes:
~ 4 Beginning Wheel-Throwing Classes
~ 4 Intermediate Wheel-Throwing Classes
Classes are 3 hours long.
Classes are $395 for an eight-week session.
Members of The Potters’ Studio pay $275.
All Classes Include:
• 25 lbs. of Cone 10 clay ($15 value)
• 3 cubic feet of free firing space ($100 value)
• Use of the studio tools and equipment
• Storage cubby
• Access to our studio’s sixteen Cone 10 glazes
Open Studio Access for Students (outside of class):
Date: January 16th, 2021
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. PST
This 3 hour workshop will focus on hand-building and figuration and aims at sharing both techniques and ideas behind his work. Alessandro Gallo will give an overview of his approach from start to finish focusing on: Reference preparation, Building an armature, Hand-building solid, Cutting, Hollowing and putting everything back together, Firing & Finishing
Classes are $250 per eight-week class.
Current members of The Potters’ Studio pay only $125!
We are offering 4 classes this session. All classes will take place LIVE online via Zoom. Classes will also be recorded on video and will be available 24 hours after each class. This means that if you miss a class, you can still watch the class at a later date. Video recordings of classes will be available for two weeks beyond the last class meeting date. Clay and Firing: Students enrolled in eight-week classes will receive one bag of clay and three cubic feet of firing space (bisque and mid-fire or high-fire combined) included in the class fee. After that, you will be charged at member firing rates.
Join Leah Bowring in learning how to construct mid-size sculptural vessels with a delicate, minimal aesthetic. The focus of this intermediate level class will be understanding how to use thin slabs and coils to build upon a rounded slab base or “belly bottom”. Students will learn a construction method that starts with creating an unfired clay mold. A slab is then draped into the mold, with the mold acting as a support system for building up from the draped slab. When work is leather-hard and completed, it is lifted out of the base and refined. Learning this mold-making construction method will allow you to form pieces with a base-shape of choice – you are not restricted to round and symmetrical. Students will make multiple pieces with slabs as well as combining slabs and coils. Discussion of terra sigillata and cold finishes will be addressed as surface solutions.
Leah Bowring received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a student of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She recently received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California and makes her work in Berkeley. She currently is teaching ceramics at City College of San Francisco, Laney College in Oakland, CA, as well as in Berkeley at The Potters’ Studio. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Potters’ Studio.