Constructive Surfaces: Architectural Approaches To Surface Design

July 8, 2018 – July 14, 2018

HP Bloomer And Matt Repsher

This workshop explores the relationship between form and surface on wheel thrown and altered utilitarian forms, and the methods needed to finish those pieces for a variety of firing styles. Participants will learn techniques in altering thrown forms, slip application and glazing. Demonstrations include various methods for finishing work, including masking and resists for glaze and slips, and firing for both soda and electric. Discussions cover propagating inspiration, testing glazes and surface, evaluating outcomes, and honing content in a body of work. Basic ceramic skills are necessary.


HP Bloomer IV is from Central Texas and received his MFA from the University of North Texas in 2011. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Carbondale Clay Center, the Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project and at Arrowmont. He has held positions at Colorado Mountain College, Santa Fe Clay and Mendocino College. His work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter.

HP Bloomer

Matt Repsher earned his BFA in Ceramics from Penn State University and an MFA from Indiana University in 2003. Soon after, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico as studio director at Santa Fe Clay. Repsher has taught at Indiana University and the University of New Mexico. He has conducted workshops at Pocosin Arts and Penland School of Crafts. He is a past Artist-in-Residence at Pocosin Arts and is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts.

Matt Repsher

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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