2023 Workshops

January 16-20, 2023
Stephen Driver
Throwing on the Potter's Wheel

 
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This workshop is designed for beginners and for those who have had some wheel-throwing experience and are wanting to get back into working on the wheel while learning some new techniques for manipulating forms and expanding your visual vocabulary.  We will also have some fun working with local earthenware.  There will be an opportunity for a field trip excursion to investigate the vibrant ceramic industry in Dolores Hildago.

Workshop fee: $ 760 USD  (for details on what is included click here)

Deposit to register: $400

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March 27-April 1, 2023
Adrian Arleo
The Narrative Figure in Clay

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Workshop fee: $ 850 USD  (for details on what is included click here)

Deposit to register: $400

In this five-day workshop, participants will learn coil-building techniques to turn their creative visions into sculptural forms. Choose to work with human or animal figures, or a combination of the two. We’ll use the rich cultural and natural setting of San Miguel de Allende for inspiration, along with a day trip to a folk art museum. Throughout the workshop, Adrian will give demonstrations, video, and slide presentations on sculpting and coil-building to guide students in making medium-scale sculptures. Attention to the clay’s surface through carving, texture and the addition of sprig-molded forms will add another layer of dynamic information. The techniques covered will be applicable for making large-scale work. This will include internal supports and buttressing, sectioning and reattaching techniques, the use of a base and rod for tall narrow pieces, and two different methods for making sprig molds. Adrian will also discuss and show examples of low-fire glazes, terra sigilatta, and non-fired surface finishes such as wax encaustic, casein paint, and gold leaf.

Some clay experience is highly recommended.

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Note: As an added bonus this workshop precedes Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Easter.  It is worth staying to experience the celebration of Easter with Good Friday processions and the "Burning of the Judases" on Easter Sunday.

 

April 10-14, 2023

Antoinette Badenhorst
Understanding Porcelain

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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: $ 760 USD  (for details on what is included click here)

Deposit to register: $350

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Note: As an added bonus this workshop follows Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Easter.  It is worth coming early to experience the celebration of Easter with Good Friday processions and the "Burning of the Judases" on Easter Sunday.

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