Building Form (August)


Many ceramic artists consider the wheel to be the main and primary tool in the studio, where all other tools and techniques serve the act of throwing.  The challenges and limits to one’s throwing ability and the effects of gravity can cause this way of thinking to be stifling, and can limit an artist’s ability to create a broad visual vocabulary.

In my class, Building Form, we will use the wheel as a starting block, and treat it as any other tool in the studio.  Using handbuilding techniques we will go over tips and tricks on how to build complex sculptural and functional forms out of wheel thrown components.  This class will expand your ability to create taller, bigger, gravity defying forms, and it will expand your skill set to allow for more ambitious projects.  

Building Form will cover these main topics:

Throwing off the hump

Throwing enclosed forms 

Tips on how to keep various parts at a perfect leather hard consistency

Making strong, structural connections

Attaching parts with complex shapes

Altering thrown parts

Fixing cracks

And more!

In this two-day workshop there will be plenty of throwing demos and work time with individual attention from the instructor.  There will also be a voluntary group activity at the end.  This will primarily be a skill building class, and students can likely expect to have a few finished pieces of greenware by the end of the two days.  

Warning WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Silica, crystalline (airborne particles of respirable size), which are known to the State of California to cause cancer.  For more information go to