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upcoming workshops in northeast georgia

updated sat 5 feb 05


Dawn G. Holder on fri 4 feb 05

The Hambidge Center is hosting a huge variety of clay workshops this year!
We are located in gorgeous mountains of Rabun Gap, Georgia, about two hours
from Asheville or Atlanta. Our pottery studio is new and our class size is
intimate, to allow for more interaction with instructors. We do not provide
on-campus lodging; however, there are many lodging options in the area,
which accomodate all tastes and price ranges. Please check our website for
more information and an on-line registration form (

To register for classes or get more information, please call (706) 746 -
5718, or email:

Coming up very soon:

Silvie Granatelli "Pottery Through the Culture of Food" February 21 - 25

The relationship of food to pottery form will be the focus of this course.
There will be discussions regarding how various cultures made pots for the
foods and rituals they revered. Here are some of the questions we might
work on: While looking at how American culture treats food containment,
what does it mean to be a contemporary potter? How can the pots we make
embrace our food culture? What does surface embellishment convey
symbolically and formally? What makes our pots personal?
In this workshop, the wheel will be used as a tool to make various pots,
which will be reformed and altered. There will be some hand building as
well. The development of surface decoration, carving, slip trailing, and
colored stain drawings will be explored. All of these surface techniques are
employed before the bisque stage. There will be demonstrations in the
morning preceded by discussions, readings and critiques. Part of the
afternoon will be devoted to looking at images of historical and
contemporary pots from different cultures. These presentations will give an
overview of meaning behind historical pottery styles through the rich world
of foods that is our heritage.

Tom and Elaine Coleman "Throwing and Carving n Porcelain" March 12 - 13

Tom and Elaine will be working with high-fired porcelain in this workshop.
Tom will demonstrate throwing on the wheel. He will share his altering
techniques and his approach to decoration, including brushwork, slip
application, and cutting the thrown pot. Elaine will demonstrate her
masterful technique of incising high-fired porcelain. She will talk about
the importance of composition when creating a design to incise and what she
thinks are the best tools to use. She will also share methods for cutting
the top of pots and adding on images. Any questions are welcome by both Tom
and Elaine during this two day demonstration.

In the near future:

Anagama Firing with Anne Rafferty April 1 – 3

Anagama Kiln Opening and Sale April 9, 11 am – 4 pm

Wally Asselberghs "Naked Raku" April 23 - 24

Keith Smith "Figure Sculpting: Making and Using Visual References" May 14 -

Mikey Walsh "Object Moments" June 6 - 10

Ellen Shankin "Altered Pots" June 13 - 17

Debra Fritts "Exploring the Figure" June 20 - 24

Dawn Holder "Approaching the Wheel" July 7 - 9

Bernadette Curran "Dare to Play" July 11 – 15

U Do Raku July 16

Leah Leitson "Responding to Touch: Porcelain Pots Thrown and Altered"
July 25 - 29

Randy Brodnax "Dynamic Potential of Clay" August 1 - 5

Annette Gates "Hand as Tool: Handbuilding With Porcelain" August 15 - 19

Chris Gustin "Anagama Firing" September 19 – 23

Ian Currie “Developing Glazes” October 1 - 2

Ron Meyers "A Spontaneous Approach to Clay" October 22 – 23

Anagama Firing October 28 – 30

Unload November 5