Handbuilding: Ideas And Techniques For Developing Forms And Surfaces

October 25, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Sandy Blain

In this workshop students will explore ways to make functional ceramic pieces personal and expressive. You will use hand built (slab, coil, press-mold) and wheel components to construct composite forms. Surface markings and textures may be developed, altered, or enriched utilizing additive and/or subtractive processes. Class discussions will cover form, surface and appendage possibilities including handles, feet, and lips and their relationship to historical and cultural pieces. Demonstrations will include how to make cups, vases, pitchers, butter dishes, bowls and open weave forms. Your pieces will be bisque fired only with discussions about slips, oxides and glaze related to your firing temperature. Open to all skill levels, however some clay experience is necessary.


Sandy Blain is professor emerita of Ceramics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and director emerita at Arrowmont. After retiring to Arizona, she continues to be active with programing at the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center. Blain also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Mesa Art Center and is a consultant to various national and regional arts organizations.

Sandy Blain

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

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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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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