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ian "danny" stainton workshop

updated mon 26 mar 01


Charles on sun 25 mar 01

Dear Folks, this is our next workshop at R&T's Creative Oasis 133 E. Beaver
Avenue, State College, PA 16801. If you are interested please sign up
immediately. Pre-registration is required! (814) 237-1982

Personally, I can't recommend this workshop enough. I have known of Danny
for about 10 years now, his skills are so far developed I am not sure if
there is anything he can't do. I know he works for 9 production studios as
needed. When they get behind, they fly him in so they can catch up. He can
throw 600-800 mugs a day -PERFECTLY in a number of styles. When not throwing
for someone else, he makes his personal work, which takes the skills he has
earned as a production potter and transforms them into one of a kind
masterpieces. This is the man who can help you with ANY throwing problems
you may have.
-Charles Hughes

Workshop Description:
My workshop will benefit all potters, even if you don't want to become a
production potter. These techniques will improve throwing for the student
and accomplished potter. Skill level: Workshop attendees should be able to
center and throw basic cylinders and bowls without assistance.

Over the years I have demonstrated to thousands of studio visitors and have
enjoyed leading workshops designed to increase productivity as well as
creativity. This workshop is designed to increase throwing skills and
possibly speed. I will share many of the techniques I have developed and
honed over the past 22 years of daily throwing.. methods and techniques
which otherwise might take years to acquire.
This workshop will center on a series of demonstrations with ample
opportunity for discussion, troubleshooting and practice. Demonstrations
will be interspersed with directed exercises. (One experience will involve
each participant in assembling a teapot). Participants are welcome to bring
pots which may be causing problems in the making process and hopefully we
will decrease those problems.
Demonstrations will include: Production techniques for speed and accuracy in
forming a wide array of forms, methods to minimize problems such as cracking
in wide-based pieces, how to form different types of spouts, lids and
handles with special attention given to finishing touches, throwing and
trimming with an emphasis on simple, efficient tools, how to throw using
less movement.
Date: April 7th & 8th
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $115.00
Materials: Students are encouraged to bring 25 lbs. of the clay they
routinely use and their own personal throwing tools. Studio clay, brown
stoneware, will be provided for the workshop participants use.
Notes: Participants are encouraged to arrive early to check in. Additional
hours for practicing after the completion of the workshop will be until 7:00

Comments about the Artist:

Danny Stainton is a thrower of great accomplishment. To watch him work is
to realize all over again the fascination that drew us to the wheel and its
processes in the first place. He makes many potters look like putterers.
There are three kinds of potters: those who are transfixed by practitioners
of great skill, and those who are intimidated by them. Somewhere in the
middle are those of us who are inspired by skillful throwers; who find them
to be a valuable resource, especially if we can study with them, even for a
short while. Danny Stainton is such an inspiration. His expertise, knowledge
of forms, and economy of movement are exceptional. He could very well hole
up and do what he can do as long as his body can tolerate it, but his
willingness to interact with others by teaching seems to me to be a most
human complement to the fine pots he makes for daily use. Jack Troy