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john elder workshop

updated tue 30 mar 04


Jill Dieffenbach on mon 29 mar 04

Have to second David McBeth's recommendation. Our studio has had the privilidge of hosting two workshops with John in the last couple of years. Everyone who participated enjoyed them and left thinking about new ways to enhance their work. Sincerely, Jill Dieffenbach, Cape Fear Studios 148-1 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311

david mcbeth on tue 30 mar 04

I would like to take just of moment of your time to publicly thank
John Elder from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the tremendous two day
workshop he gave to my students at the University of Tennessee at
Martin. John gave two slide lectures and demonstrated several
throwing and altering techniques to two of my classes on Thursday and
then spent the better part of Friday working in small group with a
couple of my more advanced potters. John presents a delightful slide
program that leads the viewer to think about their own aesthetic
concerns and just about why we each make the kinds of pots we make.
The forms and pots he shares in his talks are very informative about
his own personal approach to clay. A wood-firer, John's attitude is
"the best way for YOU to make pots, is the best way".

Anyone looking for a quality workshop could not go wrong either
hosting or attending a program by John Elder.

I had the good fortune of meeting John at a wood fire workshop in Red
Deer, Alberta two years ago. I see that Red Deer College is hosting
another wood-fire week this summer. They too offer an excellent
program. "The Consequence of Material: International Ceramics
June 11-13, 2004, Red Deer College. Check it out at

Thanks John!


David McBeth, MFA
Professor of Art
Assistant Director of Honors Programs

330 B Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, Tennessee 38238