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Pattern on the Clay Surface

May 29, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Adero Willard  ·  aderowillard.com

Workshop at a glance

Discover how to add nuanced surface design to leather-hard clay.


  • Surface resist methods
  • Surface design with pattern and color


  • Wax, paper, tape
  • Slips and underglazes


  • A deep dive and expansion of your personal understanding of visual language
  • Greenware plus some glazed sample tiles

Artist Bio

Adero Willard is an artist and educator living in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She received a BFA at Alfred University in 1995 and MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She completed a one-year residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. Nationally and internationally, Adero has exhibited work in solo and group galleries, craft shows, and pottery invitationals. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Adero Willard
  • Adero Willard

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn how to introduce nuanced design elements to surface decoration by layering with slips and underglazes. Through class demonstrations, participants will discover how to use different resist methods including wax, paper, and tape to construct patterned surfaces on leather-hard clay. You will find out how pattern and color work together whether you prefer precise or painterly approaches, a colorful palette, or black and white. Through hands-on application and discussion this workshop will encourage participant’s curiosity and inventiveness to enable them to delve deeper into their personal understanding of visual language. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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