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Slab Building: Construction & Color

In this workshop we will explore slab building techniques for constructing functional pots. Students will look at ceramic and non-ceramic sources to find starting points for designing personal work. There will be daily demonstrations, group and one-on-one conversations, and an emphasis on creative problem solving.

Forming demonstrations will include using paper templates, drop molds and a variety of approaches to handles, lids, and spouts. Specific forms may include cups, boxes, serving dishes, pouring vessels, and composed groupings. The focus for surface considerations will be building depth for electric firing through layering materials. We will consult color theory for guidance in harnessing the aesthetic and expressive potential of color.

Marty Fielding became captivated by clay as an anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his study of ceramics at Penland School of Crafts and received an MFA from the University of Florida. Marty’s work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. His work and writing are published in numerous books and periodicals. He teaches at Florida State University, and has also taught at SUNY New Paltz, Middlebury College and numerous workshops including Penland. 


Faculty: Marty Fielding

Dates: June 12-18, 2022

Tuition: $840

Tuition, room and board: $1,710

Lab Fee: $65, includes clay, firing, and shared supplies; you will be asked to bring additional materials.

Skill Level: Skilled beginning to advanced (basic ceramic skills required)

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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