Clay Workshops - Summer 2014

 

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High Fire Glaze Firings – Ceramics Manager

Ongoing throughout the summer
Did you take an amazing class and leave with new friends, boundless inspiration and bisque-ware? Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $25 per cubic foot of kiln space.

Salt Firings – Ceramics Manager

Ongoing throughout the summer
The Castle Hill Salt Kiln is turning out amazing fired results! Salt firing is the process of introducing salt into the kiln that reacts with the materials in the clay and glazes to form intriguing and dynamic surfaces. Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed and wadded and if you have any questions about clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the salt firing process. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $30 per cubic foot of kiln space.

 


SUMMER WORKSHOPS


 

The Raku Experience David Cohen- David Cohen
June. 23 -24 and 26-27
Mon.-Tues 9am-Noon, Thurs. – Fri. 9am – 4pm
4 Sessions
$395.00

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Raku is an immediate and exciting process. The extracting of a red hot pot from a kiln is a unique ceramic experience. Playing with fire is dramatic and unpredictable which is Raku's main attraction. Whether you are a Raku enthusiast or a first time participant, the communal experience in this class can be extremely rewarding with never-ending possibilities for personal development and individual expression.

David Cohen comes to Castle Hill from North Berwick, Scotland where he lives and works in his studio. He was a lecturer for many years at Edinburgh College of Art and was also the head of ceramics at Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited internationally and his work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. He has also published two books, The Visual Language, 2006 and 2012 and The Basics of Throwing, 2009.

 


 

Work Zone - Sam Taylor

June 30-July 3
Mon.-Thurs. 9am - 2pm
4 Sessions
$395.00

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Sam TaylorYou deserve to be happy and have everything you want.
And that’s just to get us started.  Come with an open tool box and an open mind.  Form and volume, surface and texture combine to give life to line. What???? Well come and find out. This course is for the curious of all levels. We will delve into the worlds of  hand building  and wheel throwing. We will explore as many methods as necessary to get us to where we need to go. Boxes, bottles, houses, ewers, basins, caldrons, cellars, chargers...what’s next?

Sam Taylor has been making pottery in the foothills of the Berkshires for over 20 years. He is a self described “slow potter”, making pots on his treadle wheel and firing them in his wood kiln. Sam is a studio potter and has performed all the associated tasks that go along with that title, exhibitor, teacher, organizer, builder, and promoter. His pottery has been shaped by Michael Simon and further influenced by Mark Shapiro and Michael Kline.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Animals in Clay - Hannah Niswonger

July 7 - 11
Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm
5 Sessions
$395

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In this five-day workshop we'll explore diverse approaches to building clay sculpture inspired by animals. We'll consider the building technique best suited to conveying an animal form in clay. Hannah will demonstrate a variety of strategies and techniques for approaching complex animal forms in clay. The class will address animal gestures, anatomy and expression. Glazing and firing techniques will also be discussed. Students should bring to class the images and/or drawings of animals they intend to incorporate into their work.Hannah Niswonger

Hannah Niswonger received an MFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. As an undergraduate she attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where she received a BA in studio art. She has taught courses in ceramics at Harvard University, MassArt in Boston, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She exhibits in regularly in galleries and juried craft shows, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Show and the Smithsonian Craft Show. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with her husband, three kids and two dogs and three fish.


Trevor Dunn – Wood Firing
July 13 - July 15 and unload July 18 at 9am
Starts Sunday at noon
Highland Center
$325

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Trevor_DunnExplore the potential of surfaces generated in wood firing. In this workshop we will discuss the various results that can be influenced through different firing techniques using the wood fired train kiln. The uses of specific clay bodies, slips and glazes will be covered to enhance the participant’s knowledge of possible results for both functional and sculptural pieces. Trevor will share his knowledge of how to control the fire, atmosphere and temperature in the kiln during this hands-on workshop.  Bisque ware must be cone 10 clay.

Trevor Dunn studied sculpture and ceramics at the University of South Florida. After graduating he moved to Durango, Colorado to set up a studio where he built a small anagama kiln and pursued his interest in wood-fired ceramics. In 1999 Trevor joined the faculty at San Juan College to teach ceramics and sculpture until 2006. In 2009 he earned his MFA degree in ceramics from Utah State University. Trevor has lectured internationally and led workshops around the country in wood firing, salt/soda firing, and kiln building.  His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and is held in public and private collections. In 2009 he received the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship Award for a proposed study and film project in Jianxi, China. He is currently an assistant professor of ceramics at the University of North Florida.


Smoke, Clay, Fire -Judith Motzkin
July 14  - 18
Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm
5 Sessions
$395

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Judy MotzkinOpen to any level. This is a week of smoke and fire captured in a porous, burnished clay surface. It is about the beauty in the accidental, the serendipity of the process.  In the beginning of the week we will make work in clay for our experiments and work with terra sigillata and burnishing.  Advanced students can bring work at any stage (bisque no higher than Cone 08). We will learn about preparing combustibles and minerals and how to nest them for best effects. We will fire as many experiments as we are able, take risks, read the results, fire again with new information. We will progress from open air burning, to sawdust, to pit, to a gas kiln with combustibles in containers (saggars).

Judith Motzkin’s “flame-painted” clay vessels are represented in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Crocker Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, and Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum. Her vessels have been chosen for the covers of books—Lark Book’s 500 Bowls, and Rockport Publisher’s Best of Pottery and Ceramics Monthly (11/01). Motzkin has taught at Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts College of Art. She was the founding director of CAOS Open Studios, She studied Chinese and Asian Studies at Cornell University. She was a visiting artist in residence at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute and has also traveled and shown work in Korea, Netherlands and Austria. 


Photo Screen Print on Clay - Warren Mather
July 21  - 25
Mon.- Fri. 9am-1pm
5 Sessions
$395

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Learn to use screen printing and Adobe Photoshop/Elements as tools to integrate photographic or other images into the ceramic process.  We will prepare film positives for silkscreens from images you bring from a variety of sources (digital cameras, video cameras, photographic prints, original drawings, magazine or clip art and/or computer graphics). We will develop criterion to determine what images are appropriate to utilize for screenprinting on clay.  We will screenprint these images with ceramic underglazes onto wet and leatherhard clay as well as onto plaster. Various methods for forming clay objects (tiles, plates, vases and boxes) will be introduced.

Warren Mather has been working in clay for over 40 years. He has taught at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass College of Art, Harvard Ceramic Studio, Clay Art Center and others. He has exhibited recently at Peabody Essex Museum, University of New Hampshire Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Fuller Craft Museum and previously in France, Switzerland, China, Latvia and Hungary. His work has been published in The Boston Globe, Ceramics Art and Perception, 500 Prints in Clay, The Atlanta Constitution, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Soda Glazing, International Ceramic Studio, Bucher OhneWorte, Images in Clay Sculpture, and Low Fire.


Expression and Ease: Pots à la Carte - Mark Shapiro

July 29- Aug. 1
Tues.-Fri.
9am-3pm
4 Sessions
$395

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Mark ShapiroPotters are always working on certain pots, striving to make them more expressive and to form them with greater ease. What are the pots you return to again and again? This class will focus on pots students choose. We will generate a list —specific pots such as cups, mugs, bowls, pitchers, teapots or perhaps more general elements such as handles, lids, or spouts. The goal is to go home with some new techniques and practical ideas about how to improve your menu of pots.

Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he recently edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine.


From the Ground Up - Beginning Wheel Throwing - Tyler Gulden
August 4-7
Mon.-Thurs. 9am-1pm
4 Sessions
$395

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Tyler GuldenDuring this 4-day workshop you will be guided through the fundamentals of using the potters wheel to create a variety of functional pieces.  Demonstrations and hands-on practice will give you confidence with wedging, centering, thinning walls, giving form/volume and trimming. “Tricks” for throwing and trimming, such as tap-centering, will be introduced to help you be efficient, productive and successful with your time in the studio. Using examples of finished pieces we will discuss technical and design issues, solutions and inspirations. Throughout the course of the workshop we will discuss clay types, glaze and surface treatments and firing methods. Finished pieces can/will be bisque fired at the end of the workshop.

Tyler Gulden has been a studio potter for 20 years.  A recovering director of a non-profit artist residency program in Maine, Tyler returned full time to his studio practice in 2012.  In addition to his studio practice, Tyler builds kilns and teaches.  He has conducted workshops, lectures and
demonstrations at art centers and schools around New England.  His functional porcelain and stoneware pieces are fired in wood and soda kilns and can be found in shops and exhibitions around the country.


Push it Forward: From Sketch to Form - Chandra DeBuse

August 11  - 15
Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm
5 Sessions
$395

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Chandra DeBuseIn this five-day workshop, students will learn new ways of working with soft clay both on and off the wheel. Chandra will show how to translate sketches into 3-dimensional forms by using simple and inexpensive materials, such as plywood and craft foam. Students will learn to energize the clay surface through imagery and pattern. Chandra will demonstrate techniques for freehand drawing, direct image transfer, underglaze inlay, sgraffito, and the use of slip, wax, and underglaze to create a layered and colorful surface. This workshop will be suitable for beginning to advanced handbuilding or wheel throwing students.

Chandra DeBuse is a full-time studio artist and educator in Kansas City, MO. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Florida in 2010, she completed artist residencies across the nation and has taught workshops at universities and craft centers including Baltimore Clayworks, Arrowmont, and Red Star Studios. Chandra exhibits her pottery nationally.  See Chandra’s work at www.chandradebuse.com.

 


Dan Murphy – Firing Castle Hill’s Train Kiln
Aug. 17 – Aug. 19 and unload Aug. 23 at 9am
Starts Sunday at 9am
Highland Center
$325

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Dan MurphyAs long as groups of ceramists continue to participate in the practice of wood-firing, an age-old custom is both examined and carried on. This hands-on wood firing will be a great opportunity to work in a community setting and participate in all aspects of firing Castle Hill's train kiln. Clay must be cone 10. In addition participants will be educated in kiln design and firing processes that maximize the aesthetic options that are possible using wood as a fuel and employing wood kilns.

Dan Murphy is studio artist and associate professor of ceramics at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Dan has 27 years extensive experience Building and firing various wood burning kilns. He's conducted wood-firing workshops at The University of Iowa, Ohio University, the Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Cub Creek Foundation, Peter's Valley Center for Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.


Dan Murphy – The Underlying Structure of Form
Aug. 20  - 22
Wed.-Fri. 9am-3pm
3 Sessions
$395

 

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Where does our sense of proportion come from and how do we decide proportions? In this workshop we will investigate how underlying structure is determined through handbuilding and throwing techniques while embracing traces of process like paddle marks, torn edges and rope textures. Dan will talk about the nuances of wood firing and its relationship to the forms and surfaces we will cover in this class. 

Dan Murphy is studio artist and associate professor of ceramics at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Dan has 27 years extensive experience Building and firing various wood burning kilns. He's conducted wood-firing workshops at The University of Iowa, Ohio University, the Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Cub Creek Foundation, Peter's Valley Center for Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.


Pottery: Ideas and Making - Linda Christianson
Aug. 25  - 29
Mon.-Fri. 9am-3pm
5 Sessions
$550

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Linda ChristiansonOur ideas for pottery come from what we pay attention to. This hands on workshop will focus on our own personal curiosities and becoming comfortable with ideas, shapes, and methods that have eluded or are new to us. Explore the sparking of ideas and making functional pots through demonstrations, lively discussions, fun exercises, and plenty of individual attention. This workshop is one of discovery and risk more than finished objects. All levels are welcome. We will bisque fire those pots that are dry.

Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerant educator, Linda has taught at Carleton College and the Hartford Art School. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book.

 


Hand Building and Raku Firing -Jim Brunelle
Sept. 1 - 3 and 4 - 5
Mon.-Tues 9am-Noon, Thurs. – Fri. 9am – 4pm
$395

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This class will explore the many wonders of form and surface through a variety of hand-building techniques by building a personal vessel or small figurative sculpture. Students may take this further by building a pedestal that displays the vessel/sculpture. Students will complete an archival object that marks their time and presence with their piece, and then experience and witness its Raku firing. The class will build with clay and other materials for two days, take a one-day break while the pieces dry for bisque firing, and return to Castle Hill for glazing and firing on the final two days.

Jim Brunelle returns to Castle Hill from Hartford, CT, bringing his teaching and hands-on techniques to a variety of interest levels. He has a wide range of experience in working with clay, including wheel throwing, pinching, sculpting, and primarily Raku firing. His works bear evidence of his recent discoveries using the kilns at Castle Hill. Among these are salt reduction and oxidation firings.


THIS YEAR'S FALL CLAY INTENSIVE

Jump-start Your Electric Kiln - Mary Barringer

September 8  - 12
Mon.-Fri. 9am-3pm
5 Sessions
$550

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Mary BarringerIf you are considering switching to electric firing, or have not yet found the right oxidation surface for your work, this intensive will allow you to test a variety of approaches. Textures, layered slips and glazes, and strategies for fine-tuning the firing schedule will all be discussed, and the emphasis will be on experimentation and adaptation of techniques to each participant’s personal forms. Students should bring some leather-hard and bisque pieces for a mid-week first firing.

Mary Barringer has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and functional pottery. Her work has been widely exhibited and she has taught at numerous art centers and universities. In addition to her studio work she was editor of The Studio Potter journal from 2004 to 2014. She lives in western Massachusetts.

 


Guy Wolff - Throwing Traditional Early American and English Pottery 
September 27-28
Sat. –Sun. 10am-4pm
2 Sessions
$275

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Guy WolffIn this 2 day workshop we will learn to make archetypal pottery like crocks, bottles, jugs, bowls and planters that have evolved for thousands of years. Guy will demonstrate on the pottery wheel while talking about the history of these forms, how they were used, and how prominent aesthetic elements of these shapes have developed from the need for efficient stacking in the salt kiln. Pots made in this workshop will only be bisque fired but a salt firing in the Castle Hill salt kiln may be arranged at a future date based on class interest.

Guy Wolff is a traditional potter trained in Britain and America working out of Litchfield County CT for the last 40 years. His pots are at Monticello, Mt. Vernon, the White House, Winterthur Museum, and the Mingai Kon Tokyo. He has also been a frequent guest on Martha Stewart.


WEDNESDAY CLAY This Fall with Brian Taylor

Wednesday Clay is an exciting 18-week winter session that is designed to expose students to both wheel throwing and hand building techniques based around pottery making. Demonstrations will vary between handbuilding and wheel throwing depending on class dynamic and interest.
The winter session is broken up into 3, 7-week classes.
Register for 1 classes= $285
Class is held on Wednesdays from 9-Noon.
All classes include free open-studio hours of Tues.-Thurs. 10-4pm.

Wed. Clay I                 
Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Wed. Clay II                
Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17 

Come and get your hands dirty

Brian Taylor
Recently receiving his MFA from Alfred University, Brian Taylor is the Ceramics Studio Manager at Castle Hill. He has been a resident artist, taught classes and worked for several art centers and universities across the country and exhibits his work nationally. Brian utilizes a broad range of making processes for his colorful functional pottery.


 

Wood Firing - Brian Taylor
October 12, 13, 14 (Columbus Day Weekend)
Starts Saturday 9am
Highland Center
$325

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Explore the potential of surfaces generated in wood firing. In this workshop we will discuss the various results that Brian Taylorcan be influenced through different firing techniques using the wood fired train kiln. The uses of specific clay bodies, slips and glazes will be covered to enhance the participant’s knowledge of possible results for both functional and sculptural pieces. Trevor will share his knowledge of how to control the fire, atmosphere and temperature in the kiln during this hands-on workshop.  Bisque ware must be cone 10 clay.

 

Brian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 16 years.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006.  Throughout his career he has taught or been a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Western Kentucky University.  He has also held residencies at several reputable art centers including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Watershed Center for Ceramic Art where he designed and built a low-fire wood kiln. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design.  Brian is currently the Ceramic Studio Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results! 


 

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Wood Firing - Brian Taylor

Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 11, 12 & 13th and 18th 2014
Starts Saturday at 9am
Highland Center
$325

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Wood Firing ResultsCome experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to glaze and fire. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay. We will glaze and load all day Monday and fire the kiln from Tuesday morning into Wednesday night. The exciting unload will be on Saturday morning. Contact the Ceramics Managers if you have any questions about suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible with the wood firing process.

Brian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 16 years.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006.  Throughout his career he has taught or been a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Western Kentucky University.  He has also held residencies at several reputable art centers including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Watershed Center for Ceramic Art where he designed and built a low-fire wood kiln. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design.  Brian is currently the Ceramic Studio Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results!