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Color and Form: exploring surface treatment on thrown vessels · Gleidymar RiveraClay

Workshop at a glance

Explore new methods of surface decorations on your thrown forms.


  • Fundamentals of wheel throwing
  • Surface decoration
  • Sgraffito technique
  • Water etching


  • Clay
  • Color slips
  • Wax resist
  • Carving tools


  • Various thrown forms
  • A fundamental understanding of wheel throwing techniques
  • Experience in various surface treatments

Artist Bio

Gleidymar is a ceramic artist and community studio manager based in central Connecticut. She received her BA in Marketing and Studio Arts from Wheelock College. In 2022, Gleidymar received the Early Career Fellowship for BIPOC Ceramic Artist for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Gleidymar has developed a passion for creating functional ceramics that blend modern design with botanical imagery. She draws from the rich and vibrant culture of Puerto Rico, incorporating botanical and tropical imagery into her work as a tribute to the island’s natural beauty. Through her work, Gleidymar hopes that viewers will be reminded of the power and beauty of the home environment and the essential role it plays in our sense of self and community. gleidymarrivera.com

  • Gleidymar Rivera
  • Gleidymar Rivera
  • Gleidymar Rivera
  • Gleidymar Rivera

Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will learn and practice the fundamentals of throwing on the wheel and surface treatment. Through various demos and individual instruction, students will be encouraged to practice their throwing skills to create modern and simple forms. These forms will be used as a canvas as students learn the technique of slip application. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various colored slips on their very own forms. Surface decoration will continue to be explored with demos of sgraffito and water etching techniques. Prior to applying these new techniques to their thrown forms, students will be encouraged to sketch their designs to foster creative thought.

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