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October 16-20, 2023

Antoinette Badenhorst
Understanding Porcelain


Understand the character of porcelain and push your own limits. Improve your clay skills as you throw or use hand-building techniques like pinching and press molding to obtain thin, well-crafted pots. Learn to alter porcelain into beautiful translucent sculptural or functional vessels.

Whether you continue working with porcelain or not, the principles and approaches you will learn during this workshop will refresh and energize your approach to clay. Intermediate-advanced potters welcome. No porcelain experience is needed.

Workshop fee: $ 780 USD  (for details on what is included click here)

Deposit to register: $350

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Antoinette Badenhorst
Bill Van Gilder
Claudi Olds-Goldie

Workshop fee: $ 990 USD  (for details on what is included click here)

Deposit to register: $450

January 21-27, 2024 and March 17-23, 2024

Bill Van Gilder

The Functional Pot; Tips, Tools & Techniques

Full but accepting names for the waitlist

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Every potter has an idea of what they want to make. How to make it is often the question.
During our busy days in the Paloma Studios, we will make work at the wheel that challenges our skills and pushes our envelope about the functional pot and the details that make them attractive and comfortable to use…

  • The drinking vessel: cups, mugs, and their handles.

  • Making great fitting lids and the forms they sit on, from small to large.

  • Throwing large and practicing the skills involved starting with three pounds of clay… and working our way up to assembling multi-piece pots…

  • and the bottle form; some smaller with spouts… some for flowers.

On day one of the workshop, we will discuss as a group, additional projects to add to the list – projects YOU find challenging. The goal is to take your clay working skills
to the next leve
l - or more - and I’ll work with you to make that happen.
I will demo at the wheel at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session establishing the projects to be practiced. It’s a skill-building proces
s… one session will work on building on those prior.
This is a course for potters with intermediate/advanced skills. It is not designed for beginner-level students. Students should be able to competently center and throw a 2-lb. cylinder.
Bring your favorite wheel tools, apron, and a notebook/sketchbook, plus one
small piece of pottery you’ve recently made to the workshop. 

February 25-March 2, 2024

Claudia Olds Goldie

The Human/Animal Narrative

In creating sculpture that is realistic or imaginary, students will consider the emotional connection between humans and animals when they come together in the same narrative.  They will learn the basics of human and animal anatomy to create sculpture with the character, posture, movement, and spirit of each.  Using slab, pinching, and modeling techniques, Claudia will demonstrate how to build hollow, detailed, proportionate, and expressive forms.  For inspiration and to help understand the exciting depth and variety of ceramic sculpture,  this workshop will also include presentations and discussions of contemporary and historical ceramic sculpture.



Workshop fee: $990 USD  or  $18,200 MX

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Deposit to register: $450 USD or $9,100 MX

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April 1-April 6, 2024

Michael Corney

Viva La Underglaze! Exploring surface decoration techniques

Michael Coney

Workshop fee: $ 790 USD  or $14,500 MX 

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Deposit to register: $400 USD  or $7,250 MX

Join us for an exciting workshop that delves into the world of underglaze painting on ceramics. In this hands-on experience, we will explore various methods and techniques, allowing you to transform your ideas from paper sketches into beautifully decorated ceramic pieces. Underglaze will be our primary tool, and throughout the workshop, you will develop a deep understanding of how underglaze techniques can infuse stories and meaning into your ceramic creations.

Workshop Highlights include; Brush Painting, Stencils, Spraying, Underglaze Transfers, Marbling, Slip Trailing, Sponging, and Bubble Blowing!  Bisque-fired functional ceramic pieces will provided to each participant, allowing you to practice and experiment with various underglaze techniques.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced ceramicists, as it offers a wide
range of techniques and opportunities for artistic expression. Whether you're looking to enhance
your functional pottery or create unique sculptural works, this workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to elevate your ceramic artistry.
Come join us on this artistic journey as we explore the endless possibilities of underglaze painting on ceramics, from concept to creation!

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