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summer 2001 workshops at app. ctr. for crafts

updated sat 16 dec 00


vince pitelka on fri 15 dec 00

Here's the low-down on our summer 2001 workshop schedule. If you want more
information or want to receive a brochure call the Craft Center (numbers
given below) or email and ask to be placed on the mailing
list for a summer brochure.

WEEK 1: June 4 - June 8

High-Temperature Sawdust Injection Firing - Lowell Baker
The class will consist of building a Baker Sawdust Injection Burner and
firing the Craft Center's Hogama kiln with the burner. Students will be
instructed as to the process and principals involved with the construction
and operation of the burner system; and will discuss applications for the
burner at firing temperatures from Raku to Cone 14. Students will need to
bring bisque ware. Beginning - Advanced

Ancient Clay: Handbuilding, Terra Sigillata and Bonfiring - Vince Pitelka
Can you make pots or sculpture with little or no tools or equipment? In this
technological era, it is enormously beneficial for artists and craftspeople
to learn the basics. Whether you handbuild or wheel throw, or have never
touched clay before, this workshop will allow you to explore forming,
decorating and firing of clay as it has been done by ancient and tribal
peoples for 10,000 years. Primary emphasis will be hands-on studio work,
with frequent demos and slide presentations covering ancient and tribal clay
throughout the world.

Projects will include coil-formed vessels and sculpture, pinch-formed
vessels, rattles, whistles and slumped-slab masks. Surface decoration
options will include relief texturing, stamping, carving, terra sigillata
and more. The workshop will culminate with a "blackware" bonfiring on
Friday. Beginning - Advanced

WEEK 2: June 11 - June 15
Building a Better Box - Anna Calluori Holcombe
Participants will handbuild with slabs using tarpaper for support. Students
will learn the advantages of assembling slabs before the "leatherhard"
stage - virtually eliminating stress cracks. Larger pieces can also be
constructed since the slabs are supported by the tarpaper; slabs can be
formed into shapes and supported until hardened, as well. Students will
construct boxes and other forms. Beginning - Advanced (some basic
handbuilding experience necessary).

Possibilities in Porcelain - Jason Briggs
$250 (Mason Stains included)
Students will examine the possibilities of porcelain and how it can enhance
their work, change their work or even become their work. The class will
discuss specific information concerning the forming, drying and firing
stages of porcelain. Jason will demonstrate wheel throwing and handbuilding,
from the precious to the more gestural, including the use of colored clays
and slips. In regards to firing, students will learn about glazed and
un-glazed surfaces, including reduction and soda firing, lusters and good
old fashioned sandpaper.
Intermediate - Advanced

WEEK 3: June 18 - June 22

Sit & Spin - Stephen Robison & Kathleen Guss
This workshop will address every aspect of using the wheel in the production
of utilitarian pottery. Your instructors will demonstrate how to throw
square, triangular, oval organic, and of course round forms. In addition to
throwing and altering forms, the class will incorporate a variety of
handbuilding techniques to use in conjunction with thrown forms. Pouring
vessels and lidded jars will be the primary focus; tool and brush making
will also be covered. Participants will leave the class with new knowledge
and new bisque ware. Beginning - Advanced

WEEK 4: June 25 - June 29
Slow Moves: Handbuilt Forms & Surfaces - Mary Barringer
This workshop will focus on using and combining handbuilding processes so as
to strengthen forms, spark ideas and enliven surfaces. The class will also
explore the use of slips as a surface strategy, particularly in the electric
kiln. Beginning - Advanced (basic handbuilding skills required)

WEEK 5: July 9 - July 13
Designing Wares for the Tabletop - Jonathan Kaplan
What can we do as potters to redefine studio tableware? How can we use
rudimentary assisted technologies to think more as designers? What are the
ramifications of working both as a potter and as a designer? This workshop
will focus on developing design vocabulary and "left-brain" skills to assist
the potter in creating superior tableware using wheel throwing, slab
construction and plaster working techniques. Simple mechanical drawing
methods as well as CAD software will be employed in developing design
options. Jiggering, RAM pressing and slip casting will also be discussed.
Slide presentations will cover tableware designs and technical processes,
and extensive handouts will be provided. The workshop is open to anyone
wishing to increase technical skill and design awareness. All skill levels.

Lana & David's Excellent Low Fire Clay Adventure - Lana Wilson & David
Participants will experiment broadly and wildly with Amaco velvets, glazes,
majolicas, UT's, etc. Most firings will be to Cone 4 and a few to Cone 6.
The class will employ unusual construction techniques to make vases,
teapots, boxes with drawers, underglaze slab pieces, and bas-relief tiles.
Demonstrations on multi-level stamps will also be offered. The workshop
emphasizes experimentation, laughter and innovative handbuilding techniques.
Beginning - Advanced (some clay experience recommended).

WEEK 6: July 16 - July 20
Raku & Sagger Firing - James Watkins
This workshop will demonstrate the "how-to" for creating large platters and
double walled vessels. Mr. Watkins will also cover his sagger and raku
firing methods, address surface decoration, and interpretation and response
to the physical environment. Beginning to Advanced.

WEEK 7: July 23 - July 27
Thrown & Altered Teapots - Paul Dresang
The class will examine form and process discussing the myriad elements
contributing to the function and aesthetic issues within the teapot. As both
a functional and sculptural object, the teapot is challenging. Students will
experiment with and encourage new ways of viewing and executing the
potential of this intriguing form. Intermediate - Advanced

WEEK 8: July 30 - August 3
Poured Porcelain: Thin Slab Construction - Charlie Olson
This class explores the possibilities of utilizing poured/cast porcelain
slabs for use in handbuilt construction. Flat plaster work tables will be
used to pour and cast very thin porcelain slabs for various handbuilding
techniques. These components will be given actual texture by way of
incising the plaster work table surfaces prior to pouring the liquid
porcelain. Use of colored clay and casting slip will also be employed. The
creation of several sculptural/vessel porcelain works will be executed by
each student. Beginning - Advanced (some basic ceramic experience desirable)

Lowell Baker is currently head of the Ceramics program and Associate
Professor of Art in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of
Alabama; he
served as Chairman of this department from 1991- 1999. He has also taught at
the University of Arkansas (assistant professor) and Itawamba Community
College in Mississippi (instructor and department chair). Baker has taught
over 50 national and international workshops in ceramics, including Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Singapore, Japan, and throughout the continental United States
and Hawaii. He designed the sawdust burner in 1971 and has spent the past 30
years teaching and perfecting the system in order that a ceramic kiln may be
easily fired using sawdust or any other appropriate particulate fuel.

Mary Barringer has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture
functional pottery. She exhibits her work nationally, most recently at
Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland and at Northern Clay Center in Minnesota.
Barringer has taught at numerous universities and craft centers, including,
Penn State, Arrowmont and Peter's Valley. She lives and works in western

Jason Briggs received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MFA from the University of Nebraska. Jason is currently the Artist in
Residence in Clay at the Craft Center. After extensive investigation of
ceramics techniques, he turned his attention to soda/salt fired sculptural
forms with meticulously detailed surfaces. Jason received a Graduate
Teaching Award in 1999, as well as several awards for his work.

Paul Dresang has lectured, exhibited and taught workshops and throughout the
United States. His work appears in numerous private and public collections,
including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, The Mint Museum of Craft
Design in Charlotte, NC, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has
received many awards and fellowships from regional and national arts
Dresang received an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1974.

David Gamble earned his Master of Art Education in Sculpture from Edinboro
University in Pennsylvania, and is the National Director of AMACO/BRENT
professional Pottery and Art Education divisions. A working artist with a
studio in Indianapolis, Gamble has conducted workshops throughout the United
States and Canada, and is a frequent instructor at Penland, Arrowmont and
Mendocino Schools of Arts and Crafts. Recent articles include, "Manipulating
the Surface with Colors," interview with David Gamble, Ceramic's Technical,
No. 1 1995, Low-Fire Glaze Doctor (Deviate) at NCECA, 1997.

Kathleen Guss has taught highly successful ceramics workshops at the
Appalachian Center for Crafts since 1996, including handbuilding, throwing,
coffee and teapots, raku, soda firing and more. She was a Resident Artist in
Ceramics at ACC from 1996 - 1999, and has worked full-time as a studio
potter since 1995. Guss has a degree in Art Education from the University of
Wisconsin, Whitewater and has taught outreach classes and workshops to
elementary through high school students since 1992.

Anna Calluori Holcombe earned her MFA in Ceramics at Louisiana State
University, Baton Rouge, in 1997. Currently, she is Professor of Art at
State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Previous work includes, gallery
director and faculty at State University of New York (SUNY) College at
Brockport and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. She is a Fellow
in the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts and is a past
president of that organization. Holcombe's work has been exhibited
nationally and internationally, including Italy, Germany, New Zealand and
Australia. Since 1990, she has been leading student groups to study ceramics
in Italy as part of an educational program she developed.

Jonathan Kaplan has been involved in ceramics for over 30 years as a master
mold maker, designer and potter. His business, Ceramic Design Group in
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a design and domestic manufacturing facility
for pottery, giftware and ceramic art industries producing work for the
tabletop, household, garden, gift and other markets.

Charlie Olson is currently Professor of Ceramics at the University of
Wisconsin in Whitewater and has a BFA in ceramics from Mankato State
University in Minnesota and an MFA in the same from the University of
Colorado. He has taught workshops, lectured and exhibited nationally and
internationally. Olson's work appears in the collections of the Renwick
Gallery, Patrick Lannon Foundation, Rochester Art Center, St. Louis Art
Center, and the Victorian State Collection in Melbourne, Australia.
Throughout his career, Olson has been recognized with a variety of awards
and fellowships.

Vince Pitelka is Associate Professor of Clay and Head of the Clay Department
at the Craft Center. He holds an MFA from the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst. Vince has exhibited his laminate, colored clay
vessels and sculptures nationally and is the recipient of a National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Stephen Robison is currently the Visiting Professor in Ceramics at Virginia
Commonwealth University and is a former Artist in Residence in ceramics at
Appalachian Center for Crafts. He has also taught ceramics and 3D design at
the University of Missouri and was the ceramics instructor at Belmont
University in Nashville. Robison has taught classes and at the Archie Bray
Foundation and the Helena Fine Arts Center, both in Helena, Montana; and was
a resident artist at the Archie Bray from 1994 - 1996. He has lectured and
taught workshops on a variety of ceramic techniques across the country.
Robison has published numerous articles in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly and
other journals; and has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. since 1987.

James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay for 30
years. His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts
and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan. Watkins
is a Full Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University
in Lubbock, Texas. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute
and his MFA from Indiana University.

Lana Wilson is a passionate handbuilder, author of Ceramics: Shape and
Surface, columnist for Clay Times and teacher at two community colleges in
the San Diego area. She has conducted over 60 workshops and her work has
been seen in more than 120 exhibitions. Wilson received her BFA in painting
from California College of Arts and Crafts; and an MA in Ceramics from
Goddard Graduate Program.

The Craft Center is located in Middle Tennessee between Nashville and

Room & Board for workshops is available at the Craft Center for $265
(includes 5 nights housing and 15 meals)

If you would like to register for a class or receive a detailed Summer 2001
workshop catalog, please contact the Appalachian Center for Crafts at
(931) 372-3051 or (615) 597-6801 or email Jane Dudney at

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