Happiness is a Warm Extruder
In this workshop, we will explore extrusion and slab techniques as they relate to making functional stoneware. Our approach will be to let the process show in the finished piece, keeping in mind that if we keep out of the clay’s way, the material will reveal its true nature and our results will remain fresh and lively. We will work with unconventional forming methods and unusual approaches to surface decoration. Myths will be busted and secrets revealed.
Workshop topics include: cutting stencils from Tyvek; colored slip inlay and stretched slabs; decorating in liquid latex resist with deer-tail brushes; fashioning tools out of common materials and modifying existing tools to suit specific needs; and how to make custom extruder dies. This workshop will also interest throwers looking to expand their horizons beyond the wheel.
Hayne Bayless is a practicing potter in Ivoryton, CT. In school he managed to avoid any academic involvement with clay, and in 1992 he quit a perfectly good job at a newspaper to make pots. Hayne has exhibited at the American Craft Museum, and is a frequent exhibitor at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. His pots have been published in Objects for Use: Handmade by Design (Smith & Akiko, 2001), Design Language (McCreight, 1996) and Studio Potter journal.
Faculty: Hayne Bayless
Dates: June 18-24, 2023
Each week begins on Sunday at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday morning after the kilns are unloaded.
Tuition, room and board: $1,966
Lab Fee: $85, includes clay, firing, and shared supplies; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Skill Level: All levels, both hand builders and wheel throwers. Previous experience is helpful.
Enrollment limited to 10 students
We will work with unconventional forming methods and unusual approaches to surface decoration, and if we stay out of clay’s way, the material will reveal its nature and our results will remain fresh and lively.