Instructor: Mark Shapiro
August 7 - August 10
9am - 2pm
4 sessions

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This workshop will help you develop your hand skills and eye skills as we explore approaches and techniques that make your pots come to life. We will focus on student’s interests, exploring both the “easy” pots and the ones we struggle with. For example, we could make bowls, cups, covered jars, and teapots, or refine our handle-pulling, spouts, lids and knobs - or learn to make larger forms by joining thrown sections. Mark will share the skills, knowledge (and some tricks!) of his thirty-plus years of making pottery to help you move to the next level—and into your next pots.

Mark Shapiro is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press 2010). His work is in many public collections. He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter magazine. He is a founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels!) and is heading up the Apprenticelines Project, which seeks to promote and expand apprenticeship.