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From Fabric to Clay

August 11 - 16, 2024

Sam Briegel  ·  samanthabriegel.com

Workshop at a glance

From Fabric to Clay is a technique-based workshop where students will learn to create their own plaster texture mold of a low relief fabric such as lace or crochet. Students will learn to mono-print from their texture mold and various slab building techniques.


  • How to pour plaster to create a texture slab
  • Soft slab building with pre-decorated design
  • Combining slab building and throwing


  • Plaster, Porcelain
  • Mason stains
  • Porcelain slip
  • Fabric


  • How to pour plaster to create a texture slab
  • Soft slab building with pre-decorated design

Artist Bio

Sam Briegel grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, TN. She received her BFA in Three-Dimensional Arts from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2013 where she predominantly focused on ceramics. Following that, Briegel completed an internship at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Clay Business in Helena, Montana. She went on to participate in a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Montana in 2015 and began graduate school the following year. Briegel was awarded her MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2018 and after graduating found herself in the Nation’s Capital completing a year-long residency at District Clay Center in Washington, DC. On top of being a resident at DCC, she managed the District Clay Gallery. Briegel moved to Baltimore following her DCC residency to complete a residency at Baltimore Clayworks as their Lormina Salter Fellow. She has been a represented artist by the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2020-2022 and has taught workshops and been a visiting artist nationally. She currently works out of a home studio at her farmhouse outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Sam is a current part-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

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Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will learn how to create and utilize a textured plaster slab. Students will begin the workshop by pouring their own plaster slab from a low-relief swatch of fabric. Basic techniques to transfer positive fabric texture onto a soft slab of clay will be demonstrated as well as more advanced techniques such as transferring layers of colored texture using stained slips. Students will learn multiple ways to use their textured slabs, such as leaving it flat to make coasters and tiles or by using two-dimensional foam templates to hand build with or throw pottery forms. Fabric textures will be available for students to choose from but students are encouraged to bring their own. This workshop is perfect for the maker who loves texture and enjoys hand building functional work.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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