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Finding Form and Approaches to Water-Etching

October 15 - 20, 2023

Dallas Wooten  ·  dallaswootenceramics.com

Workshop at a glance

Are you interested in decorative surfaces? Explore what makes the clay forms we adorn just right and various approaches to water-etching.


  • Understanding proportion in functional form
  • Design elements pertaining to form and surface design
  • Various surface textures and mark making techniques
  • In-depth exploration of water-etching including different resists, applications, and constraints


  • Clay
  • Sketchbook and writing utensil
  • Rubber carving blocks
  • Mason stains or underglazes


  • Using pattern tools that are applicable for water-etching and glazing
  • Knowledge of a large breadth of water-etching techniques
  • Understanding proportional form and composition

Artist Bio

Dallas Wooten is a studio artist and operates Wooten Clayworks in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He earned his BFA in ceramics from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and his MFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Wooten was a long-term artist-in-residence at Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. where he taught classes at HopeCAT as well as Youngstown State University. Recently he was recognized as a 2022 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist.

  • Dallas Wooten
  • Dallas Wooten
  • Dallas Wooten
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  • Dallas Wooten

Workshop Description

During this workshop students will learn design elements regarding form and surface. You will build upon these foundations, exploring forms of your own interest. Considering form as a 3D canvas, demonstrations will include traditional and contemporary approaches of design to water-etching. Participants will create their own patterns and tools exploring these techniques on their own forms. Open to all students, however a fundamental understanding of the basics of throwing will be helpful.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Available : 9
Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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