Finding Your Form Through Nature ・ Alice BallardPottery

This workshop will focus on hand-building using a variety of methods. Using nature and the beautiful environment of Arrowmont as our inspiration, we will create work in clay that will both capture the essence of the “natural stuff” we collect. The work created will also serve as vessels or containers for our collection of “treasures”. Pinching, slab work, the dowel method, the use hard and soft forms, along with a simple plaster press mold are among the techniques the instructor will be teaching. Earthenware will be the clay and work created early in the week will be fired. Students will also learn how to make and use terra sigillata in a variety of ways to enhance the surface of their work in clay. All levels of experience.

Alice Ballard received her MA from the University of Michigan and a Fulbright Scholarship to study in India. She taught ceramics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities for 10 years and she lives and works in South Carolina. Ballard received a MAC grant to study for a summer in China and was invited to the International Ceramic Colony in Macedonia. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick, Mint Museums and Greenville County Museum of Art.


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