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Laying down the Layers · Kyle CarpenterPottery

Workshop at a glance

A workshop on developing depth of surface on clay.


  • Making clay bisque molds
  • Underglaze application
  • Wet clay surface decoration (stamping, roping, etc)


  • Clay
  • Various molds (wood, plaster, clay)
  • Commercial underglaze


  • Students will learn how to create molds for making pottery in their own studios. These techniques offer confidence in making consistent and easily replicated pottery forms.

Artist Bio

Kyle Carpenter was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. Kyle soon married and made his permanent home in Asheville. In 2002, he built a salt-kiln and made a studio at his home. In the spring of 2020, the Covid pandemic offered a new window of time to dedicate to exploring a new line of earthenware work. Kyle has been working as a full-time studio potter, exhibiting his work at studio tours, galleries, and museums across the United States. His work can be found in many collections, including the Mint Museum of Art, in Charlotte, NC. carpenterpottery.com

  • Kyle Carpenter
  • Kyle Carpenter
  • Kyle Carpenter
  • Kyle Carpenter

Workshop Description

This hands-on workshop will focus primarily on making and decorating functional pottery on molds, and creating the molds themselves. We will learn to make clay bisque molds, both out of slabs, as well as thrown on the wheel. Molds offer a great way to create repetition and consistency in one’s work. Surface development will be demonstrated with stamping, rolling, stretching, and underglaze application. Open to all levels.

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