Strata: Utilizing Slips

July 21, 2019 – July 27, 2019

Ronan Peterson And Teresa Pietsch

This workshop focuses on using slips, terra sigillatas and glazes to create dynamic, colorful and varied surfaces for ceramic vessels. Relying primarily on abstract images and patterns, students will create vast worlds of information and narrative within a frame of functional vessels. Wheel throwers and hand builders alike will gain knowledge and approaches to dynamic ceramic surfaces. Class demonstrations include how to create dynamic, textured, and patterned backgrounds for further enhancement with glazes, and reverse painting colored slips onto newsprint to create lively and colorful images and backgrounds to be printed onto leather hard vessels. Post-bisque demonstrations include minimal glazing and how to use various washes as surface treatments for firing in an electric/oxidation kiln. Both instructors will use red earthenware clay and fire in an electric kiln in the cone 1-2 range. Experience with clay, being able to center and throw at least two-plus pounds of clay, and ability to hand build vessel forms are required.


Ronan Peterson lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and maintains Nine Toes Pottery, producing highly decorated functional earthenware pottery. He was a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts in 2000-2001. Peterson has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Mudflat Studio, The Kiln Studio and Sierra Nevada College and his work has been featured in numerous national exhibitions.

Teresa Pietsch lives in Penland, North Carolina and operates Teresa Pietsch Pottery. She was a resident at the EnergyXchange and is a member of Mica Gallery and part of the Spruce Pine Potters Market. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and national exhibits at Cedar Creek Gallery, Lark and Key Gallery, and Charlie Cummings Gallery in Florida.

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

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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