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Pattern Play

May 22 - 27, 2022

Jennifer Allen  ·  jenniferallenceramics.com

Osa Atoe  ·  potterybyosa.com

Workshop at a glance

Apply 2D patterns to 3D forms with inspiring and purposeful pattern decoration.


  • Applying stamping onto slab-constructed and wheel thrown forms
  • Mapping out patterns
  • Approaching pattern piece by piece
  • Creating stamps and patterns
  • Clay carving and mark making


  • Clay, paper, and bisque
  • Stoneware clay
  • Carving tools
  • Potter’s wheel and slab roller


  • Finished pieces
  • Bisque work
  • New tools and techniques

Artist Bios

Jennifer Allen lives in Morgantown, West Virginia where she operates a home studio and teaches ceramic classes at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Jennifer Allen
  • Jennifer Allen
  • Jennifer Allen
  • Jennifer Allen


Osa Atoe is a studio potter living in Sarasota, Florida and is a musician turned ceramicist, making functional work. She began taking community clay lessons in 2013 and completed a post-baccalaureate program for Ceramics at Louisiana State University in 2018.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Osa Atoe
  • Osa Atoe
  • Osa Atoe
  • Osa Atoe

Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on translating 2D patterns to 3D forms. Students will learn aspects of pattern making and are encouraged to bring a collection of pattern images that are inspiring to them. You will make tools to apply patterns to clay slabs and wheel thrown cylinders and create templates/ bisque molds that have patterns already integrated in them. Participants will learn how to carve patterns to achieve purposeful mark making and varied line quality and learn how to choose slips and glazes that accentuate texture. You will leave class with glazed pieces, bisqueware, and tools to add to your toolbox. Some clay experience is helpful but not necessary.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop

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