Clay Surface Exploration Workshop with Amy Higgason: June 22-23

  •  Jun 22, 2019
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  •  Jun 23, 2019
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Potter Amy Higgason has spent 25 years exploring surface decoration techniques on clay. Her interest in combining drawn imagery with textures and color has led to a distinctive and recognizable body of work. This intense two-day workshop will combine discussions of her thought and working processes, live demonstrations, and opportunities for students to try the various techniques at the workshop.

Saturday will start with a wheel throwing demo. Then Amy will demonstrate carving techniques, including how she divides a form, the type of tools she uses to make marks and clay sprig decoration. After a lunch break, Amy will demonstrate using carved clay stamps, craft foam shapes and texture matts to decorate hand built dishes and trays. Students are asked to bring a few of their own leather hard pieces (small cylinders or bowls) to the workshop. Students may practice the techniques they have seen demonstrated on their pieces in the afternoon. There will be a casual free-flowing atmosphere with lots of time for questions and conversation during and after the demos.

On Sunday morning Amy will demonstrate different methods of using commercial underglazes and/or colored slips to decorate pottery. Sgraffito, paper stencils, and inlay/Mishima techniques will be discussed. After lunch, each student will be provided some small clay tiles to practice the demonstrated techniques. Amy’s glazing process will also be discussed in the afternoon.

Students are invited to attend an optional Friday, June 21 evening reception and pottery sale at The Warehouse Art Center. The reception is open to the public, free of charge, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Amy will give a talk and slide presentation of her journey from beginning pottery student in Chicago to full-time potter in Wisconsin’s north woods. The slide presentation will begin at 6:30 pm and last about 45 minutes.

Space is limited and the deadline for enrollment is Friday, June 14, 2019. If the workshop is canceled students will receive a full refund of their enrollment fee. Out of town students should not book nonrefundable travel (airfare) until they are notified that the workshop minimum student requirement of 8 has been filled. No refund for students canceling after May 24, 2019. Structure of the workshop’s activities are subject to changes by the instructor. A suggested tool list will be provided by Amy before the workshop. Students may take photos during the workshop, but no video. Students are responsible for the glazing and firing of pieces they make in the workshop. Arrangements can be made for students without access to a kiln for an additional fee. Optional Saturday and Sunday evening activities will be offered to the group. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Amy Higgason by email at [email protected] or through her website:

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