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Ceramics: Soft vs. Hard – Handbuilding with Slabs for Surface

Learn tips and tricks to elevate handbuilding with slabs.  Explore various types of molds including hump, slump and ring molds to break free from working in the round and experiment with templates and hard slabs for free-form construction. Challenge yourself to make dynamic forms unique to your individual aesthetic, including plates and boxes.

Explore how these consistent construction methods offer you the opportunity to treat your clay as canvas and add interesting surfaces with underglaze techniques. Class discussions, optional readings and personal reflection activities will guide your creativity and enhance your abilities to harmonize form with surface.

Instruction will be a blend of live demonstrations on Zoom and recorded in-class tutorials. Optional weekly assignments give you the chance to connect one-on-one with other participants from class and exchange peer feedback. Share ideas, pieces in process and other resources through the class Padlet resource board. While previous experience in clay will be helpful, this class is open to all levels.

Weekly Class Schedule

  • Tuesdays (November 3, 10, 17), 3-4:30 pm PDT/PST
    Workshop sessions – lecture, demos, discussions
  • Fridays, (November 6 & 13) 10-11 am PDT/PST
    Office hours – troubleshoot with Adrienne

Meet Your Faculty

Adrienne Eliades is a studio artist currently living in Vancouver, WA. She earned a BA from the University of North Carolina, and an MFA from the University of Florida. Named a 2018 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly, Adrienne has been an artist-in-residence at Ash Street Project in Portland, Oregon, Guldagergaard International Research Center in Denmark and The Bright Angle in Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to maintaining a vibrant studio practice, Adrienne has presented over 20 workshops nationwide.
Instagram: @bugaboo_eyes
Facebook: Adrienne Eliades

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • You will need to purchase materials for this workshop. Find the full materials list here.

If you have never used Zoom, check out this Zoom tutorial.

Age: 19+

November 3, 10, 17
Three-week session

Tuition: $235

Lab Fee: N/A

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Skill Level:
All levels

Adrienne Eliades

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