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workshop announcment

updated sat 23 oct 04


mel jacobson on fri 22 oct 04

Visiting Artist Workshop
Raku in the Caribbean! December 13-19 & December 17-19, 2004
Maho Bay Clay Works hosts, Steven Branfman, well known raku clay artist,
writer, and teacher, for 2 special workshop opportunities:

December 13-19
Steven will be Clay Artist in Residence at maho Bay for the week. Time will
be spent working side by side in the studio. Watch him create along with yo=
in a personal and informal setting. Learn to build a raku kiln that you can
set up at your own studio. Participate in Steven's "No Frenzy Raku" style o=
firing. Use recycled glass in your surfaces. Learn to produce striking glaz=
effects. Each student may bring 2 pieces of raku clay bisque ware dimension=
6"X6" or smaller. Includes all the weekend workshop activities, 25# Raku
Clay, glazes, firing, use of studio 6am-10pm and use of studio tools.
Students should bring their own tools and bats however as amounts are
limited. Tools are also available for sale at the studio.
Hands-On Workshop tuition $575.00 + studio fee $55.00 =3D $630.00

December 17-19
This part of the Raku in the Caribbean Workshop will commence Friday at 5pm
with an opening reception and from 7-9pm for a slide show of his work.
During the weekend Steven will show us his forming, surface decoration,
glazing and firing techniques developed over his almost 30 years as clay
artist and teacher. Saturday is devoted to demonstration of techniques,
discussion and time for your questions. Sunday is firing day. All students
can bring 2 pieces of Raku bisque ware dimensions 6"X6" or smaller which yo=
may glaze and we will fire for you. If you live locally, raku clay is
available for purchase at Maho Bay Clay Works.
(Come to our open studio if you need access to a potter's wheel.)
Weekend Workshop tuition $195.00 + studio fee $10.00 =3D $205.00

STEVEN BRANFMAN is the founder director of The Potter's shop and School in
Needham, MA. He is the Author of RAKU: A PRACTICAL APPROACH and THE POTTER'=
PROFESSIONAL HANDBOOK. He has been a full time clay artist and teacher sinc=
1975. His work is in many museums and private collections. He holds a
master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Steven is a highly
acclaimed ceramic artist and workshop presenter specializing in Raku
techniques and Maho Bay Clay Works is delighted to bring him to teach in th=
Virgin Islands. When we're not working in the studio we can chill out by
swimming, snorkeling, sailing or scuba diving in our beautiful turquoise
waters or just "limin'" on the beach.

BRANFMAN'S philosophy : "to enjoy the journey, not simply strive to reach a

Contact Us for more information or to sign up!

To book your workshop and/or lodging please contact
Maho Bay Camps Toll Free 1-800-392-9004
or for more information about the workshops
contact Gail or Jill at Maho Bay Clay Works 340-776-6226
studio ext 226 or email us!
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Maho Bay Clay Works, located on the small tropical island of St John in the
US Virgin Islands, has everything you need to get creative with clay. If yo=
are a visitor, our 2-3 hour classes for kids and adults add a creative
dimension to your island experience. Our expert teaching staff makes it eas=
and fun. Take a break from the tropical sun to throw a pot on one of our 12
potter's wheels! We have many exciting classes to choose from.

Located within the Virgin Islands National Park, Maho Bay Camps is home to
the Maho Bay Clay Works and a growing "Recycled" Art Center =ADbased on energ=
conservation and reuse of resources. From hand blown recycled glass, to our
wood burning kiln fired with old shipping palette wood, this is the perfect
spot to explore the art of recycling in ceramics, glass, papermaking,
textiles, and mosaics.

Visiting Artist Workshops bring nationally known clay artist/teachers to ou=
island for a week or a weekend to share their expertise, work and play
alongside you for a fun and rewarding learning experience. This December
13-19, 2004 come work and play with "Raku Guru" Steven Branfman.

For groups who would like to bring their own instructor and student group t=
Maho Bay Clay Works, the clay studio is available with advance booking.
Clay, glazes, firing and tech assistance available. Call for details.

If you already know your way around a clay studio, Open Studio times are se=
aside for island visitors and locals to work at your own pace without
instruction. Throw a pot and then wash the clay off your skin as you swim i=
the warm turquoise sea.

Accommodation rates for Visiting Artist Workshops only:
Please see for photos of accommodations.
Maho Bay Camps Tent-Cottages for Visiting Artist Workshop participants the
special rate is:
$60.00 per night for double occupancy
$12.00 per night for one additional person
children under 16 are free
$56.00 per night single occupancy
Harmony Studios are available at their normal rates. Please contact for more information.
Residents of the the US or British Virgin Islands. please inquire about
local rates.

Eco tents have 2 burner propane stove and ice chest. The Restaurant serves
breakfast and dinner and there is also a camp store. For family members not
participating in the workshop, many other activities are available at Maho
Bay Camps including art and craft classes for children and adults, water
sports, hiking and tours of the island.

There are many other accommodations options on St John, but Maho Bay Camps
is one of the least expensive and most convenient.

For a place to do clay as beautiful as Tahoe come to Maho! ...and bring
your bikini .

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