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Handbuilt Pottery: From Flat to Form

August 4 - 9, 2024

Bill Griffith  ·  billgriffithclay.com


Workshop at a glance

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN A WAITLIST FOR THE CLASS YOU MAY DO SO BELOW.

Learn to transform soft clay slabs into functional and beautiful pottery forms.

Techniques

  • Clay slab making
  • Handbuilding
  • Texture/pattern making
  • Proper tool use
  • Slip and glaze use and application

Materials

  • Stoneware clay
  • Foam templates
  • Texture making objects
  • Commercial slips

Outcomes

  • Functional pots with good form
  • Confidence working with soft clay slabs
  • Design knowledge

Artist Bio

Bill Griffith is an artist, educator and former Arrowmont arts administrator, living in Sevierville, TN. His functional and sculptural ceramics continue to be exhibited and published in national juried and invitational exhibitions. He teaches clay workshops at Arrowmont, Penland, Peters Valley, Idyllwild, and Sugar Maples. Bill is a recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and was awarded the National Outstanding Achievement Award from NCECA for his contributions to the ceramics field. His ceramic art is included in the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, Asheville Art Museum, San Angelo Museum of Art, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and the Tokoname Cultural Museum, Japan.

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Workshop Description

Using soft clay slabs, templates and several handbuilding construction techniques, students will create a variety of functional pottery forms including mugs, tumblers, pouring pots, vases, plates and platters. Students will also make their own clay stamps and rollers for making textures, surface patterns and designs on their pots. Emphasis will be on good craftsmanship and functional forms. This workshop is especially designed for beginning level students new to handbuilding and teachers who want to expand their pottery making skills and knowledge. Due to limited time, students will bisque fire finished pots and spend more time on the making. Glazes and application will be demonstrated and discussed.

COURSE FEE: $690



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Register

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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