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summer workshops at greenwich house pottery

updated tue 5 may 09


Sarah Archer on mon 4 may 09

Greetings, here is a list of our summer workshops for July:

"Ceramic Art: Towards a Personal Aesthetic" with Richard Notkin, July 10 =
- 12 (Handbuilding), 3 Days, $345
This three-day workshop will cover handbuilding, carving and surface =3D
textures and detailing, plaster mold-making, slip-casting, clay body =3D
alterations through the addition of non-ceramic materials, layering =3D
techniques, and post-fire surface alteration processes. Notkin will =3D
discuss various aesthetic considerations, including: developing personal =
sources of inspiration, conceptual design, format and compositional =3D
alteration of form and imagery, scale, creating a narrative.

Richard Notkin is a =3D
studio artist in Helena, Montana. He received a BFA from Kansas City Art =
Institute (1970), and MFA from the University of California, Davis =3D
(1973). His works are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian =3D
Institution, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert =3D
Museum (London), and The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan). He has =
conducted workshops throughout the world. Among his awards are =3D
fellowships from the NEA, grants from the Guggenheim and Tiffany =3D
foundations. Notkin was featured in the PBS series, "Craft in America", =3D
and was named Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2008.

"The Potter's Challenge: Shinos on Porcelain" with Malcolm Davis, July =3D
10 - 12 (Wheel), 3 Days, $345
Porcelain and Shinos are two of the potter's most challenging materials. =
This workshop will focus on both of them, the magic and the mysteries, =3D
as well as the failures and disillusionments. Malcolm Davis will spend =3D
the weekend at the wheel, making pots, talking, trimming pots, telling =3D
stories, assembling pots, and talking some more. The day will also =3D
include conversations and discussions about the mysteries and tricks of =3D
carbontrapping shinos, as well as a glazing demonstration if desired.

Malcolm Davis is a =3D
studio potter internationally recognized for work with shino-type =3D
glazes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. He has been =3D
an artist-in-residence at Baltimore Clayworks; Greenwich House Pottery =3D
(NYC); The Clay Studio (PA); Red Star Studios; Northern Clay Center; =3D
among others. Malcolm's work is included in collections at the Museum of =
Arts and Design; The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art; =3D
the Everson Museum; Mobach Collection, Utrecht, Holland; and at Old =3D
Church Cultural Center in Demarest, NJ. He has been featured in over 15 =3D
books and publications and has published articles in American Shino by =3D
Lester Richter and Stayin' Alive by Robin Hopper. Malcolm has taught and =
lectured widely throughout the United States and Canada.


"Ready, Set, THROW!" 5-Day Hands On Workshop with Christa Assad, July 15 =
- 19 (Wheel), $550
This workshop is a perfect opportunity to hone and strengthen your forms =
to embolden your work! Christa will demonstrate throwing and altering =3D
techniques, cutting and constructing, and incorporating hand built =3D
additions into a variety of vessel forms. With a focus on teapots as a =3D
vehicle for expressing your ideas, students will be encouraged to =3D
explore the potential compositions of their thrown and hand built parts =3D
- to see these elements as building blocks with unlimited potential. We =3D
will examine the profiles, details, edges and joints of your pots, and =3D
whip those handles into expert shape. Never fear pulling a handle on =3D
your cup or pitcher again!

Christa Assad earned an MFA from Indiana =3D
University (2000), BA from The Pennsylvania State University (1992), and =
studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the Nova Scotia College of Art and =3D
Design (1993-94). Christa was awarded a Fulbright Research and Travel =3D
Grant (1993), and nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award =
(2005). Christa's publications include Garth Clark's Shards, Kevin A. =3D
Hluch's The Art of Contemporary Pottery. Her work is in the permanent =3D
collections of The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Ceramic =3D
Research Center at Arizona State University Museum among others.


"Ceramics and Print: Exploring the Image" with Scott Rench, July 17 - =3D
19 (Handbuilding), 3 Days, $345
This seminar will include, a digital slide lecture that explores my 12 =3D
years of exploring ceramics and print. In the sessions we will cover the =
following: working with digital media to design and layout creative. =3D
Building a stretcher for screen printing, coating and exposing a screen. =
Creating digital film and other techniques needed for transferring =3D
images to screens. Direct screen printing techniques on clay.Attendees =3D
are encouraged to bring images of their work for a group presentation, a =
personal laptop and images for use in clay.

Scott Rench is best known for his innovative =3D
work in ceramics and print. His artwork combines ceramics, one of the =3D
oldest forms of expression, and computers, employing some of the newest =3D
technologies to create printed imagery on clay. A ceramist for more than =
15 years, Scott has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA =3D
from Edinboro University. He has given workshops promoting the use of =3D
color and image making in ceramics. Scott regularly shows his work =3D
Internationally and has conducted workshops all over the world including =
China, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Scotland and the United Arab =3D
Emirates. An Art Director by day, Scott works for a Chicago advertising =3D
agency, receiving national and international attention for his =3D
award-winning work.


"A Wildness Within" with Beth Cavener Stichter, July 25 - 26 =3D
(Demonstration), 2 Days, $200
This workshop is intended to give participants a glimpse of how one can =3D
tackle elements of gesture and expression with subtle shifts in line and =
form. Through lecture and powerpoint presentation she will cover a range =
of practical technical information about working in clay as well as =3D
initiate discussion
on how we transfer ideas and meaning visually. Her unusual method of =3D
working is accessible to interested individuals at every level: working =3D
with a solid mass of clay, often over 2,000 lbs., and
then hollowing each part of the sculpture down to the skin.

Beth Cavener Stichter is known =3D
for her dynamic, emotionally charged animal and human figures. Beth is =3D
currently a full-time professional studio artist. She received her BA in =
sculpture from Haverford College and her MFA from Ohio State University. =
She was awarded the Virginia A.Groot Foundation Grant and an Individual =3D
Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2005, and the American =3D
Craft Council's Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2004. She has also been =3D
an Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie =
Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She has exhibited nationally (at such =3D
institutions as the Smithsonian Museum) and internationally and has =3D
taught numerous workshops across the country.

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