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Painting Narratives in Underglaze

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Juan Barroso  ·  juanbarrosoart.com

Workshop Overview

This workshop will explore the possibilities of clay when it is viewed and formed as a canvas for imagery and visual narratives. Students will work with black underglaze and a variety of techniques including pointillism, sgraffito, and underglaze as watercolor, as well as view a mold-making demo at the end of session. Students will learn two ways to place a graphite outline on a bisqued surface, how to paint fur/feathers with underglazes using a “watercolor” technique, and also learn tips and tricks to an underglaze pointilism technique. This workshop will be exciting for artists new to clay as well as experienced ceramic artists wishing to add image rendering to their tool set. All skill levels welcome.


  • Underglaze as watercolor
  • Underglaze pointillism
  • Sgraffito
  • Mold-making and plaster mixing


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  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Students will be able to plan and transfer a clean and precise outline to paint over with underglazes
  • Pointilism painting
  • Bird or furry animal painting techniques
  • Sgraffito carved piece
  • Mold-making and plaster mixing experience



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

Artist Bio

Barroso was born in Oklahoma City, and grew up in San Miguel Octopan, Guanajuato, Mexico. He received his BFA in art at the University of Oklahoma and his MFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He received the ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award in May 2020 and since then has appeared in several publications, including the 2021 July issue of Studio Potter, the November issue of Ceramics Monthly, and the spring issue of American Craft magazine. His ceramic work is represented by Companion Gallery in Humboldt, Tennessee. Barroso is currently living and working in Jackson, Tennessee.

  • Juan Barroso
  • Juan Barroso
  • Juan Barroso
  • Juan Barroso


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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