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Hand-Building with Bisque Molds

July 24 - 29, 2022

Joseph Pintz  ·  iconceramics.com

Workshop at a glance

This workshop focuses on hand-building earthenware vessels with bisque molds.


  • Soft-slab construction
  • How to hand-build vessels with bisque molds


  • Earthenware


  • Working knowledge of how to use bisque molds to create functional or sculptural vessels
  • Making their own bisque molds
  • Take home several pieces that are glaze fired

Artist Bio

Joseph Pintz is a ceramic sculptor and an associate professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned his BA in anthropology and urban sudies at Northwestern University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our physical and emotional needs. Pintz has received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

During this class students will explore the subtleties of handbuilt earthenware vessels. In addition to utilizing additive and reductive handbuilding techniques, participants will learn to use and make their own bisque molds to create an assortment of utilitarian and sculptural forms. There will be a strong emphasis on surface as an essential design element. You will also learn how to build up layers of terra sigillata, glazes, and washes to create rich low-fire surfaces. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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