Surface Decoration Boot Camp: 3 Part Workshop Series for Clay Students

  •  May 12, 2018
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  •  May 19, 2018
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  •  June 2, 2018
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This new workshop series is for clay students who are comfortable making pots and want to explore new ways of finishing their pieces. Each 3 hour workshop will include detailed demonstrations, discussion of materials/tools used and examples of finished work by potters working in these methods. Workshop fee includes the opportunity to try the demonstrated techniques during the last hour of class with tools and clay provided by the instructor. Potter Amy Higgason has spent her career using surface decoration techniques to develop a recognizable and unique body of work. See examples of her pottery at
Sign up for Sessions 1, 2 or 3 for $40 each or take the entire 3 Part Series for $105. Call or visit the website to enroll. Class limited to 10 students per session.
Session 1: Sgraffito
May 12th, 9 am to Noon
Sgraffito is a technique where the potter lays down a background of colored slip or underglaze and then carves through it to reveal the clay’s natural color. Sgraffito has a wood cut quality which varies based on the tools used for carving. The class will discuss ways to transfer images and the types of marks made by various tools. Students will carve a sample tile at the end of class.
Session 2: Carving & Stamping
May 19th, 9 am to Noon
Learn how to decorate a form with drawings and carved patterns. Explore creating textures with every day objects. Watch as a pot is divided in to sections for carving. The class will discuss ways to make marks, create stamps from clay or craft foam and choosing glazes that accentuate textured surfaces. Students will be provided a small cup to carve at the end of class.
Session 3: Underglazes
June 2nd, 9 am to Noon
Underglazes add dependable color when used with clear glazes. They are versatile because they can be used on wet, leather hard or bisqued clay. The class will discuss ways to use underglaze to decorate your work. Painting, making/using stencils, fine line inlay and layering underglazes will be demonstrated. Students will be provided tiles to decorate at the end of class.
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