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Handbuilding a Personal Trophy

October 6 - 11, 2024

Michelle Im  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this course, students will build and design a personal trophy to take home, utilizing various handbuilding methods including coiling and slab building techniques. Students will have a narrative when sketching out the form of their piece and will discuss strategies on how to execute the form. Techniques specific to firing and decorating earthenware or terra-cotta clay will be discussed. A demonstration involving overglaze painting with stains with Maiolica technique will guide students to create an illustrative surface that expresses their internal winning voice. The group of objects created by students participating will reflect a collective that celebrates the individual and rejoices in our common desires in life.


  • Controlled coil building
  • Hand rolling slabs in even thickness
  • Handbuilding large scale works
  • Low-fire Maiolica glaze painting technique


  • Low-fire clay- earthenware/terra cotta


  • Apersonalized trophy handbuilt with low fire clay decorated with thought and care
  • Knowledge of Maiolica surface decoration technique



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

Artist Bio

Michelle Im is a Korean American artist working in Queens, New York. ‘RATxCHICKS’ (pronounced as “ratchix”) is a project name for her ceramics that is a play on the words ‘ratchet’ and ‘rad chicks’. She graduated with a degree in biology and art from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s 2022 Emerging Artists and was an award recipient of the American Craft Council’s 2022 Emerging Artist Cohort Program and a grant recipient of the Center for Craft’s Teaching Artist Cohort in 2023. She was a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in 2022 and was selected for a Distinguished Fellowship at Penland School of Craft during her winter residency in 2023. In summer of 2023, Michelle was invited as a guest artist to organize a themed residency around ‘Collectivity’ at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She is currently a faculty member at Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan, New York.

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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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