Porcelain opens new doors; the clay is whiter; the glazes are brighter. The focus of this course will be on throwing and altering techniques. Projects allow for developing form, ideas, and glaze methods. Other topics include decoration, basic glazing, and Cone 10 gas reduction.
June 23 – June 29, 2024
One week session
Leah Leitson & Susan Filley
Saturday, June 29, 2024
Skilled beginning to advanced (basic ceramic skills required).
Limited to 12 students.
Leah and Susan share many years of experience making porcelain pots. With a love for pottery, form, and lively gesture, their pots are unique in design and construction. This workshop will provide daily throwing demonstrations of many of their favorite pottery forms. Geared toward practices to build confidence in creating dynamic porcelain form, Leah and Susan will share altering techniques and methods through discussion, demonstrations, and presentations. Several decoration techniques will be introduced using colorful slips, slip trailing, and carving.
Each participant will be challenged to develop ideas for form and improvement upon their individual skill levels.
The class will fire the Cone 10 gas reduction kiln to explore some of the glazes used by the instructors. Participants should bring about 5 medium-sized bisque pots made of Cone 10 clay of choice for a glaze firing.
Leah Leitson is a professor of ceramics at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Leitson received her BFA from NY State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York and her MFA from Louisiana State University. Residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, Banff Center for the Arts, and Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark.
Leah has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, La Meridiana International school of Ceramics in Italy, and other workshops in Israel and throughout the United States.
Artist website: Leahleitson.com
Susan Filley has worked as a studio potter throughout her career. She received her MFA in ceramics from LSU with Joe Bova and Linda Arbuckle. Susan established a teaching / workshop studio and gallery in Charleston, SC, which was devoted to building a clay community. Susan Filley was the President of NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (2000 – 2006), and is now recognized as a Fellow of the Council. She has taught many workshops and her work has been exhibited internationally.
Artist website: susanfilley.com
The lab fee includes clay, firing, and shared supplies.
The program will begin Sunday morning with a brief orientation at 8:30 am. Workshops will start at 9 am.
Sunday night will feature a program mixer where you will have an opportunity to meet with your classmates and other students in our adult programs for the week.
Monday nights feature an opening reception at the Parks Exhibition Gallery, featuring work from our very own summer faculty!
Daily instruction occurs from 9am-12 pm with a break for lunch in the campus dining hall (included in tuition) and followed with more instruction from 1pm- 4pm.
Artist Talks will be held in the evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to our faculty instructors speak about their art.
Friday afternoon, while work is being fired, enjoy other students’ work at the culmination event outside Parks Exhibition Center, before heading over to the H.O.T. Clay Pizza Party.
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