Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ceramic Workshops

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Make Your Own Valentine's Mug

Learn the basics of building a ceramic mug for a loved one through the use of clay slabs and coils. Choose the final color for your textural creation! No prior experience required and firing included. Participants can make arrangements to pick up their finished pieces or have them shipped. Open to all ages. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Finished mugs will be ready to pick up February 17. 

Registration deadline is February 8

Date: February 10Register button
Time: 10am - noon
Instructor: Erin Younge
Fee: $50

 

 

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Bits and Pieces Ceramic Workshop

"I'll be right there. I just have a few bits and pieces to do in the studio before I leave." 

This is a workshop by Tony Clennell and Dan Finnegan, two potters who have spent their long careers doing just a few more hours in the studio to get things right. Both are known for their commitment to wood firing and strong functional pots. The workshop will include sectional throwing, altering, handles of all sorts and two lifetimes worth of storytelling and wisdom gained from the many giants whose shoulders they stand on.

Dan and Tony will focus on larger than life utilitarian pottery for celebration of food and friendship. Attention will be paid to the details on large casseroles, pitchers, bowls, teapots, baskets and plates so that they may be used for celebration and presentation.

Workshop includes 50 pounds of STARworks Ceramics clay, basic throwing tools, wheel access and shared workspaces. Additional materials can be purchased next door in STARworks Ceramics Supply Shop. Pieces made during the workshop will not be fired.

This is a 4-day workshop.

Schedule
February 22, 4 - 7pm 
4 - 5:3pm: Orientation with Meet and Greet
5:30 - 7pm: Artist Talks by Dan Finnegan and Tony Clennell**
 
February 23 & 24, 9am - 5pm 
9am - 5pm: Demos and hands-on time
 
February 25, 9am - 5pm
9am - 12pm: Finish up works in progress
Afternoon: Clean-up and goodbyes
 
**Dan will present a slideshow of English Country Potteries photos taken in the 1970s and will provide a brief overview of his own work.
 
Tony will present "Production versus One-Offs", a potter's four-month study and observation of porcelain production in Jingdezhen, China. He will also show his work over the past 35 years in his "Fail, it ain't so bad. Look at me!"
 

Registration deadline is February 19

Date: February 22 - 25Register button
Time: 9am - 5pm
Instructors: Tony Clennell and Dan Finnegan
Fee: $300
   

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Make Your Own Mother's Day Mug

Tap into your creativity to make a special mug for Mom or give her the gift of making one for herself. What a great way to celebrate family and say thank you to Mom for all she does! Learn the basics of building a ceramic mug through the use of clay slabs and coils. Choose the final color for your textural creation! No prior experience required and firing included. Participants can make arrangements to pick up their finished pieces or have them shipped. Open to all ages. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Finished mugs will be ready to pick up May 19. 

Registration deadline is May 10

Date: May 12Register button
Time: 10am - noon
Instructor: Erin Younge
Fee: $50
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Throwing Fundaments on the Potter's Wheel

Learn the fundamentals of throwing on the wheel with clay! This one-day workshop will cover how to center and open up clay into vessels to make cups and bowls. No experience necessary. Must be 12 or older to participate.

Registration deadline is June 14

Date: June 16Register button
Time: 10am - 4pm
Instructor: Erin Younge
Fee: $125 
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Instructors 

Dan Finnegan TN    

Dan Finnegan

Dan Finnegan has made a career as a studio potter in Fredericksburg, Virginia since 1980. He trained with Ray Finch at the Winchcombe Pottery in Great Britain. His is the founder of LibertyTown Arts Workshop and the curator of the show "Pottery on the Hill" in Washington DC.

 

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Tony Clennell

Tony Clennell is a second generation potter that has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China, Korea, Wales and Italy. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University and is a member of the Roayal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has written more than 55 articles for ceramic journals and has exhibited in museums and collections in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of "Stuck in the Mud."


Erin Younge NL    

Erin Younge

Erin Younge is the STARworks Clay Studio director. She uses various materials and techniques to build sculptures that explore the relationships between history, religion and politics. She received a BFA concentrating in sculpture from UNCG and an MFA from ECU. Erin has taught workshops at the NC Pottery Center and STARworks. She was the curatorial manager for ECU's Dwight Holland Educational Ceramics Collection.