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southwestern pottery workshop

updated fri 4 jul 03


John Horner on thu 3 jul 03

Hi Clay Art Friends, I am posting this for my good friend Coy =
Quakenbush. Many of you know Coy from Campbells Ceramic Supply in =
Mebane, North Carolina. Coy makes some of the most beautiful pots I have =
ever seen. If you are interested in the Mata Ortiz style of pottery, =
this is your opportunity to learn from a really talented and gifted =
Thanks John in Saxapahaw, North Carolina

JULY 19, 20, & 21

This 3 day, weekend event, southwest pottery class will cover all =
aspects of the Mata Ortiz pottery process used to create black on black =
and polychrome pottery. This will be a "hands on" workshop. Each person =
will be given a handmade pot to work on and have ready to fire on =
Sunday. Hand building using pinch and coil method will be taught to =
form pots from special mix clays. Burnishing, brush making, design =
theory, incising, paint application, clay making and traditional firing =
will be emphasized.

My experience and knowledge allows students to learn from a wide range =
of techniques. Since 2001 I have taught many one to three day workshops =
and, at present have weekly, night classes in my studio. Students learn =
many southwestern pottery techniques including; hand building, =
polishing, painting, and bonfiring. Both oxidation and reduction firings =
are explored. Reduction fires achieve the shiny black on black technique =
made famous by Maria Martinez. Oxidation fires are used to create the =
many beautiful colors of pottery seen in the Southwest USA and Mata =
Ortiz Mexico. From my knowledge of modern ceramics, I have adapted many =
techniques to be used here in North Carolina. Students in my classes =
will learn everything they need to continue making southwestern ceramics =
at home. All skill levels are welcome.

To register contact Coy Quakenbush via email at, =
Home: 336-3768584, Work:336-578-9011, or Cell: 336-213-7340.

You must pre-register to be in the workshop. The cost of the workshop =
is $150. There is no fee to pre-register. After pre-registering, I =
will send you directions to my studio, a small tool list of what you =
need to bring with you, and, if needed, a list of overnight =
accommodations within 15-25 minutes drive from the studio.

Registration will begin at 11:30 AM, July 19 and the workshop at 1:00 =
PM. Saturday and Sunday will begin with coffee, juice and pastries at =
9:00 AM, Lunch will be furnished by Carol and Amber Quakenbush at about =
12:30, and each day will conclude about 5:00 PM.

You may bring coolers and drinks. Soft drinks and bottled water will be =
available for purchase.

The studio is approx. 10 miles south of Graham, NC in the country. =
There are lots of shady places to sit and work and the Studio has A/C. =
Dress for comfort and we'll have a great time.