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upcoming workshops at the hambidge center (northeast georgia)

updated thu 19 aug 04


Dawn G. Holder on wed 18 aug 04

Upcoming Workshops at the Hambidge Center

Hambidge is located in the lovely mountains of northeast Georgia, two hours
from Atlanta, Athens or Asheville


Slab Building: Hands- On Workshop with Don Penny

September 20 - 24 10 am to 4:30 pm $350 (includes lunch)

Slab building construction techniques will be the focus of this workshop.
Participants will learn to design, layout, assemble and decorate using flat
and pre-formed clay slabs. Appropriate materials, tools and decorating
techniques will be explored including glaze spraying, dipping and pouring.
Students may produce functional or expressive forms such as vessels,
sculpture and murals.

Don Penny studied Ceramic Engineering at Georgia Tech and holds art and
marketing degrees From Georgia State University and the Masers in
Constructive Design from Florida State University. Mr. Penny is South
Georgia's first stoneware potter and is well-known through both his
functional ceramics and his large-scale sculpture in numerous museum,
private and corporate collections. He is a Trustee-Emeritus of the
prestigious American Craft Council and the recipient of several NEA and
state grants. After thirty-three years of college teaching in Florida,
Georgia, Europe and Africa, Penny retired as Professor-Emeritus of Art
(Valdosta State University) and now makes art full-time at his new modern
studio at Hahira, Georgia, producing functional pottery and ceramic

The Expression of Pots: Hands- On Weekend Workshop with Josh DeWeese

October 9-10, 2004 9:30 am to 4:30 pm $160 (includes lunch)

This is a workshop for developing a personal language with pottery as a form
of expression. The class will include demonstrations of different techniques
for making pots on the wheel, and the opportunity to try them for your self.
The class will include discussion about the role of pottery as a
contemporary art form. Ideas and information for surface treatments and
firing techniques will be discussed and shared. Slides of the artists work
and of the Archie Bray Foundation will compliment this two day hands-on

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and the Resident Director of the Archie
Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. DeWeese studied
ceramics at Montana State University before going on to receive his BFA from
the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the New York State College
of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has received several awards for his
work, including a Montana State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.
DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is
included in public and private collections around the world.

Anagama Firing with Anne Rafferty

Firing October 29- 31, Unloading November 6

Everyone is invited to join in the firing of our wonderful anagama kiln.
Bring cone 10 bisque pots, and glaze with our glazes, or bring your own cone
10 glazes to share. Loading begins early on Friday morning, stoking begins
late Friday night and continues until Sunday morning. Participants will
sign up for four hour shifts to stoke the kiln. The kiln will be unloaded
the following Saturday, November 6. Bring protective clothing (long
sleeves, no synthetic fibers- they are flammable) and work gloves. Trucks
and chainsaws are always needed, too!

The firing fee is one cent per cubic inch. Participants are welcome to camp
on the lawn. Food is potluck style- bring something you can share.
Everyone is expected to pitch in! Please RSVP to hold your place in the

To register for workshops, please call Debbie Sanders in the main office,
706.746.5718, or email:

For more information about the pottery program, call Dawn Holder, Dir. of
Pottery Program, at 706.746.3090, or email:

Dates to save for 2005 Workshops (there will be more to come):

Feb 21 - 25: Sylvie Granatelli (hands- on, thrown and altered)

March 12 - 13: Tom and Elaine Coleman (this is a rare opportunity to see

April: Anagama firing

May: Keith Smith (hands- on, narrative figure sculpture)

June 6 - 10: Michealene Walsh

June 13 - 17: Ellen Shankin

July 25 - 29: Leah Leitson

September: Anagama with Chris Gustin

October 22 - 23: Ron Myers