Vince Pitelka on sat 20 jun 98
Just wanted you all to know that our summer workshops are going extremely
well. The Gail Kendall/Jeff Oestreich workshop last week was a great
success. The Bill Daley workshop this week was one of the more exciting
things that has ever happened here at the Craft Center. What an amazing
man. I was already familiar with his reputation as an artist and teacher,
but I had not experienced his energy, his charismatic, and his extraordinary
sense of humor. We had a great group in his workshop, as we did in my
Ancient Clay workshop. We had fantastic weather all week - warm but low
humidity - bright blue skies. Early this morning major thunderstorms hit,
and I was afraid it would put a damper on my bonfiring, but the weather
eased up in time, and the bonfire went without a hitch.
Lots more exciting workshops coming up after the 4th of July break, as
listed below. I will be out of town for most of the rest of the summer, so
if you have questions please call the Center at 615/597-6801.
With our new funding secured, spirits are very high around here, and the
workshop participants have all commented on that. It is highly contagious.
Kirk Mangus - "Making Pots" - exploration of all kinds of pots - find new
ways of forming and decorating pots on the wheel. Discussion of many firing
options. Kirk Mangus teaches at Kent State U, known for dramatic
Nick Seidner and Diane Rosenmiller - "Woodfiring" - participants will make
and decorate pots, but will also bring bisque pots for wood-firing. Nick
Seidner is a full-time potter in Vermont, Diane Rosenmiller runs the Frog
Hollow Craft Center in Middletown Springs, Vermont.
Rosette Gault - "Paperclay" - information-packed workshop on all aspects of
paperclay, taught by the acknowledged master of the medium. Rosette Gault
has written two books on paperclay, and numerous articles in ceramics
Paul Lewing - "Tile: Making, Decorating, Marketing" - Intensive hands-on
tile workshop covering all aspects of tile work, with an emphasis on
decorating, including china paints. Paul Lewing is a full-time clay artist
since 1972 residing in Seattle, and one of the countries leading experts on
ceramic tile. See recent article in CM.
Neil Forrest - "Ceramics for Architecture" - Exploration of traditional and
new techniques for creating 3-D architectural elements - will include
extensive slide shows on ceramic architectural decoration. Neil Forrest is
Assoc. Prof. of Ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has
written articles in "Ceramics Art and Perception," "Contact" and "ARTS
Stephen Robison and Kathleen Guss - "Thrown and Handbuilt Forms for Coffee
and Tea" - Exploration of forms from diverse world traditions. Soda-fired
stoneware and lo-fired terracotta. Stephen Robison is currently an artist
in residence at the Craft Center, and teaches ceramics at Belmont
University in Nashville. Kathleen Guss is a full-time potter and an artist
in residence at the Craft Center.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Craft Center, we have one of the
finest ceramics studio facilities in the country. In addition to the
ceramics workshops listed below we have a full schedule of workshops in
glass, wood, metals, and fibers. We are located on a wilderness preserve
adjacent to Center Hill Lake, 60 miles east of Nashville. For those who fly
in, there is easy shuttle service from the Nashville airport. We have
comfortable condominium-style dormitories on-site, and a full meal plan.
There is great fishing on Center Hill Lake, and a large number of state
parks and recreation areas in the vicinity.
All workshops are five days hands-on - arrival on Sunday, workshop Monday
through Friday inclusive, 9 to 4 with an hour for lunch, and 24-hour studio
access. If you take two successive workshops you may arrange to stay over
the intervening weekend.
Vince Pitelka - vpitelka@DeKalb.net
Home 615/597-5376, work 615/597-6801, fax 615/597-6803
Appalachian Center for Crafts
Tennessee Technological University
1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville TN 37166