Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Handle With Care

***This is a 6-day workshop, meeting from 9am - 5pm each day.***

Handle with Care will focus on combining the elements of line, volume, form and texture to create dynamic functional wheel thrown pottery. Particpants in this workshop will learn a variety of different forming methods, such as altering wheel thrown objects, pulling handles, incorporating attachments and optimizing the functionality of an object from three unique perspectives. Questions on aesthetics (proportions, balance, line, integration, etc.) and how to resolve these complications will be addressed during the demonstration.

Matt Schiemann, Eric Botbyl and Todd Pletcher will share their combined experiences on a myriad of topics: transitioning from academia to the real world, developing a personal body of work, graduate school, residencies, apprenticeships, wholesale, retail, craft shows, approaching galleries, choosing the appropriate clay body and glazes, how to effectively set up your studio, packing and shipping, and marketing through social media. These demonstrations and discussions will help to motivate the participants and get them excited to be back in the studio. Learn to handle your pots, as well as every aspect of your life in clay, with the appropriate care it deserves.

Workshop Schedule
Friday, Sept. 29 - arrive, meet & greet, begin kiln prep and loading the kiln 
Saturday, Sept. 30, - firing the noborigama 
Sunday, Oct. 1 - studio session 1, firing kiln 
Monday, Oct. 2 - studio session 2, kiln firing ends midday 
Tuesday, Oct. 3 - studio session 3 
Wednesday, Oct. 4 - clean up, kiln unloading, artist talks, festivities and farewells 

Note: Participants should bring bisques/glazed pottery (rated to cone 10) to be fired in the STARworks three chambered noborigama. The first chamber is wood ash, the second is glaze and the third is salted at cone 10. The workshop will begin with a 24-hour firing. While the kiln cools, participants will work hands-on with instructors on throwing, altering, decorating, trimming, and a variety of handle techniques. The workshop will conclude with the unloading of the noborigama and an artist talk by each of the artists.

This is a 5-day workshop. Click here for information about nearby lodging.

Registration deadline is September 22

Date: Sept. 29 - Oct. 4 Register button
Time: 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Matt Schiemann, Eric Botbyl and Todd Pletcher
Fee: $495

Matt Schiemann Plate TN 

Eric Botbyl Basket TN 

Todd Pletcher Mug TN





Matt Schiemann     

Matt Schiemann

Matt Schiemann is a second generation potter and a manager at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Known for his strong forms and dramatic wood fired surfaces, Matt shows his work internationally. He is an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College and a frequent contributor to Ceramics Monthly and PMI.

Eric Botbyl     

Eric Botbyl

Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter, living and working in Humboldt, TN. Known for his highly textured surfaces and bulbous forms, Eric received the Best Thrown and Altered award at the Strictly Functional Pottery National in 2016. Eric and his wife Jill own and operate Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring more than 30 nationally recognized ceramic artists.



Todd Pletcher    

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher is an American studio potter from Goshen, Indiana, currently living and working in Australia. Known for his wavy rims and curvaceous forms, Todd is the current AIR at TAFE in Sydney. He was 2016 emerging artist for Ceramics Monthly and shows his work internationally.


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.