Event Schedule

You can register for the following workshops & events by contacting the listed venues.

If you don’t find one in your area, you can request a customized AMACO glaze workshop or in-service training by contacting Diana Faris as follows:

Diana Faris
Director of Educational Outreach
Email: dfaris@amaco.com
Phone: (800) 925-5195, x 1302

Diving Deep: Functional Earthenware with Kip O’Krongly

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Penland, NC United States




  • September 24, 2017 – November 17, 2017

This workshop will be a deep dive into the world of functional earthenware through demos, discussions, and structured practice. We’ll cover construction techniques from coil and slab to bisque molds and templates plus a little wheel work. We’ll take a look at surface treatments using underglaze, latex, sgraffito, and stencils (which you’ll create using an electronic cutting tool). Guest instructor Scott Minugh will lead a week of low-fire study, and Megan Mitchell will share her screen printing talents, giving you a flexible and varied body of techniques to draw on in your own studio. We’ll also touch on single firing, packing and shipping, inventory management, photographing work, and studio set-up. This will be a fun, fast-paced, and exciting eight weeks. All levels.

Getting Graphic, with Jason Bige Burnett

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Columbia, NC United States



  • October 19, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Explore vibrant illustrative surface techniques for your ceramics! Focusing on image and stencil development through doodling, drawing and screen-printing processes. Demonstrations will cover traditional and non-traditional techniques that embellish ceramic surfaces. Wheel thrown and handbuilt techniques will be covered. Hands on activities will cover image development, surface embellishing and decal manipulation.

Building Illustrated Pottery, with Chandra DeBuse

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Ottawa, ON, Canada




  • October 21, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Sketch, Stretch and Scratch!
In this two-day workshop, students will learn new ways of designing, building and illustrating their forms by working with soft clay slabs. Chandra will share how she translates sketches into 3-dimensional forms by using simple and inexpensive materials, such as wood, bisqued clay and craft foam through hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques.

Chandra will explore surface design on her pots, demonstrating techniques for freehand drawing, direct image transfer, underglaze inlay, brushwork, sgraffito, texture and the use of wax and underglaze to create a layered, colorful surface

The Narrative Figure: So Much More

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • October 23, 2017 – October 27, 2017

Working from memory and the imagination, the head and the torso will be constructed using coils. The goal is to allow the spirit of the artist to connect with the form by using symbols and metaphors. The surface on the wet clay will be a combination of dry clay, engobes, and underglazes.
Contact: debrafritts@aol.com

Animal Sculptures with Patricia Uchill Simons

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Richmond, CA United States




  • October 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Patricia will share her techniques for creating sculptural animals. Patricia has 2 Masters Degrees in Functional Ceramics and has been making her animals for 25 years. "I find myself drawn to animals with exaggerated features, such as the wondrous rhinoceros, because of the way that I manipulate the clay. Collapsing the cylinders of soft clay creates the folds that lend a unique character to each piece and stamp it with my signature."

She was chosen to participate in Amaco’s “Glaze Storm” and experimented with their glazes so that she can fire in an electric kiln. For coloring, a wash of manganese and iron or underglazes are added to her creatures, which are then fired to cone ten.

Make the Head+Body: Sat • Sept 9 • 10am-4pm​
Join the Head to Body: Sun • Sept 10 • 10am-1pm​

Scratch the Surface, with Adrienne Eliades

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Olympia, WA United States




  • November 11, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This workshop provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques and how to integrate dynamic surface on student’s clay work. Students will develop a vocabulary of personal expression through drawings, patterns, found imagery and more. This course is designed to create opportunities for surface design development in our studio practices and is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome. Previous experience in clay will be helpful!

Debra Schwartzkopf Workshop

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Dayton, OH United States


(937) 454-0357


  • January 19, 2018 – January 21, 2018

Demonstration workshop with Deb Schwartzkopf from Seattle, Washington. Deb will show how she cuts, darts, and reconstructs her pieces to create amazingly altered fluid forms. Meet & Greet Friday, January 19th from 6-9PM
No experience needed

Marjon's Open House & Clay Olympics

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Phoenix, AZ United States


(602) 272-6585


  • January 26, 2018 – January 27, 2018

Join AMACO & other presenters for workshops, demonstrations and clay competitions at Marjon's 14th Clay Olympics: "ROCK OF CLAYGES"!
Friday's focus will be the workshops and vendor demonstrations
Saturday's focus will be the Clay Olympics, with attendee participation.

Jeremy Randall & Kathy Skaggs

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Clearwater, FL United States



  • February 09, 2018 – February 10, 2018

Artist Jeremy Randall will demonstrate assembling moist textured slabs to construct his forms and use terra sigillata to create a weathered surface.
The second part of the workshop is hands-on, allowing participants to learn how to make their own texture rollers and finish their surface with AMACO underglazes and glazes.
Register by January 5th by emailing Barbara at HWCFL.Workshop@gmail.com

AMACO /brent Open House

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Richmond, VA United States




  • February 17, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join us at Clayworks Supplies in Richmond, VA for a day full of artists' demonstrations using AMACO glazes, underglazes and Brent pottery wheels.
This event is free and open to the public.

AMACO Glazing Workshops

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Lorton, VA United States


(703) 584-2954


  • February 23, 2018 – February 24, 2018

Glaze and underglaze hands-on decorating workshops for clay artists and teachers, with Diana Faris from AMACO.
Register for one or both sessions by contacting the Workhouse at (703)584-2954
$25 per session, glazes included but BYOB (bring your own bisque)!

Friday February 23: 1:30-5:30 pm
Mid-Range, Cone 5-6 Glazing Workshop with AMACO brushing glazes
Achieve more personalized surfaces in an electric kiln!

Saturday February 24: 11 am-5 pm
Low-fire glazes and Underglazes
Professional Development and CEU credit available for teachers

NCECA 2018

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Pittsburg, PA United States




  • March 14, 2018 – March 17, 2018

Come visit AMACO-brent at the Resource Hall at NCECA for ongoing demonstrations, exhibitions and conversations!

The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place March 14 – 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, our theme for NCECA’s 2018 conference reflects Pittsburgh as a city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention.

NAEA 2018

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Seattle , WA United States




  • March 22, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Visit AMACO-brent at the NAEA Resource Hall for hands-on workshops, demonstrations and new product information!

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

The three-day Convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups…research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours…keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars…with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over the world.

AMACO Glazes & Underglazes

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Clio, MI United States




  • April 13, 2018 – April 14, 2018

Hands-on glazing workshops for Clay Artists and Art Teachers
With Diana Faris