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Cutting Concepts: Exploring Greenware Decoration

October 13 - 18, 2024

Sam Oliver  ·  website

Workshop Overview

During this workshop, participants will learn how to use stencil resist techniques on greenware to create engaging and intricate designs on unfired clay surfaces. Students will learn how to use a digital vinyl cutter as a tool for creating reusable stencils from digital and hand-drawn images. Discussions will include elements of design, concept consideration, and keeping a sketchbook. Demonstrations of hand building techniques and slip applications will help students explore form while experimenting with layering, negative space, and texture within their own work.


  • Hand building techniques for functional pottery
  • Programing and designing on a vinyl cutter
  • Heavy slip applications
  • Stencil applications


  • Clay
  • Tyvek paper
  • Slip
  • Templates
  • Sketchbooks


  • Reusable stencils
  • Knowledge and practice using Cricut Design Space
  • How to apply and remove stencils successfully on greenware clay
  • Versatile slab building templates



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

After graduating with her BFA from Winthrop University, SC in 2013, Sam Oliver attended a short term residency at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. From there she completed a residency at The Bascom: Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, NC, then moved to Pennsylvania for a residency at Brockway Center for Arts and Technology. She is currently working as a full time potter and educator out of her home studio in Tryon, NC. Sam has taught virtual and in-person workshops at Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, and for Ceramics Arts Network. Her work is represented by the Showcase Gallery at Arrowmont School of Crafts, TN, Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts, NC, LUX Gallery, NE, and Carbondale Clay Center, CO.

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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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