Playing With Pattern: Creating Ornate Surface Designs On Clay

April 8 - 11, 2021

Audry Deal-McEver  ·

Workshop at a glance

Add patterns to clay through a variety of surface treatments with tips to make transferring a pattern from 2-D to 3-D less intimidating.


  • Explore surface pattern and design in ceramic forms
  • Applying glaze and underglaze to ceramics
  • Learn many ways to transfer imagery onto clay, including stencils and guides to allow for more precise patterns


  • Clay and hand-built slabs
  • Potters wheel
  • Carving, texturing and small ribbon tools


  • Carving and creating custom stamps to use with clay
  • A better understanding of the elements of design
  • Technical knowledge that will help make surface design on clay less frustrating and more predictable

Artist Bio

Audry Deal-McEver is a potter from Nashville, Tennessee. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University and she also studied at Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design in Halle, Germany. Her work has been in exhibitions as diverse as the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, and the Nashville International Airport. Deal-McEver has taught at Middle Tennessee State University and at community education and workshop centers.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Audry Deal-McEver

Workshop Description

Students will explore various ways to add rich surface pattern and design to clay through experiments with carving, creating custom stamps, and learning different ways to apply underglaze and glaze. The class will cover tricks to make the process less intimidating including making stencils and guides, along with techniques to transfer imagery directly onto clay. Slideshows of historic and contemporary ceramics will provide participants with contextual understanding of the many ways to use surface detail while creating opportunities to discuss the elements of design. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $400  ·  materials list

Registration Opens February 1, 2021.

Call 865.436.5860 with questions.

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