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June 23 - 28, 2024

Nicole Seisler  ·  nysprojects.com

Workshop at a glance

This workshop will explore how residue, remnants, byproducts, discards, and shards can transform into the central focus of one’s practice.


  • Wedging
  • Slowing Down
  • Critical Conversation
  • Conceptual Strategies
  • Letting Go


  • Unfired Clay
  • Fired Ceramic
  • Glaze
  • Paper
  • Found Materials
  • Mending Materials


  • Residue
  • Drawings
  • Objects
  • Questions
  • Comradery

Artist Bio

Nicole Seisler is a ceramic artist who investigates time, materiality, process, and the overlapping roles of artist/viewer/participant/collaborator. Nicole has exhibited widely at museums ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles. Her book Recipes for Conceptual Clay (in the time of covid-19) was published in 2020. She had a 2021 solo exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, and her work will be featured in a two-person exhibition at the Kennedy Museum in Athens, OH in 2023. Nicole received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught ceramics for over a decade at universities including SAIC, UW, and half a dozen schools in the LA area. Nicole is the Founder and Director of A-B Projects, a space for exhibitions and alternative education in conceptual ceramics, and she recently became Assistant Professor and Head of Ceramics at Lewis & Clark College.

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Workshop Description

Byproducts, castoffs, cut-offs, discards, edits, fragments, remainders, remnants, residue: these aspects and fractions accumulate — sometimes purposefully, sometimes inadvertently — through our processes of making artwork. Are they inherently less valuable or worthy than the objects that occupy the central focus of our making? Do these crumbs, loops, lumps, piles and shards contribute additional meaning that bolsters the primary work? Can the residue become the primary work? This workshop focuses on creating approaches, tools, methods, and systems for holding, elevating, and speaking to the displaced materials and objects of our practices — and perhaps also the displaced parts of ourselves.


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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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