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

Ceramic Surface Extravaganza, with Jason Bige Burnett

Small burnett  jason   penland Penland School of Crafts

Penland, NC United States

penland.org/classes/summer/summer_session_6.html

828-765-2359

Dates

  • August 13, 2017 – August 25, 2017

This intensive workshop will focus on various graphic ceramic surfaces with an emphasis on screen-printed image transfers. Idea development and drawing (or doodling) exercises will help students create personal narratives through patterns, prints, and photos that will adorn ceramic surfaces. Pushing and pulling through layers of material will introduce a combination of techniques, including resists, decals, sgraffito and much more. We’ll use cone 5 stoneware clay and fire in electric kilns. Students can make tiles and/or thrown or handbuilt pots. The techniques can also be applied to sculpture. Come prepared to experiment and play!


Pattie Chalmers: Heroes and Villains

Small pattie chalmers Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Deer Isle, ME United States

haystack-mtn.org/session-5/#5CERAMICS

(207) 348-2306

Dates

  • August 13, 2017 – August 25, 2017

Handbuilding techniques for creating medium scale, terra cotta figurative work will be the focus of this workshop. Using coils, slabs, and pinch pots, participants will create heroes and villains, each with extravagantly imagined super powers and countless personality flaws. Demonstrations and discussions will cover simple glazing techniques, approaches for building and firing in parts, and a variety of alternative surface treatments. All levels welcome.
Instructor's website: pattiechalmers.com


Three Figurative Sculptors Workshop

Small lisa clague The Bascom

Highlands, NC United States

thebascom.org

Dates

  • August 28, 2017 – September 01, 2017

This team taught workshop by Debra Fritts, Lisa Clague and Nancy Kubale will explore light and dark as inspiration for creating the human form and the conveyance of spiritual expression.
Contact: Frank Vickery , fvickery@thebascom.org


Storytelling with Clay with Kathy King

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Helena, MT United States

archiebray.org/workshops_classes/workshops_2017/workshop_King_2017.html

406-443-3502

Dates

  • September 05, 2017 – September 08, 2017

In this four-day hands-on workshop, Kathy King will discuss and demonstrate methods and techniques for developing a personal narrative and stories in ceramics. Using the ceramic surface as a canvas for storytelling, King will demonstrate techniques such as sgraffito, mishima and simple screen printing. Participants will also have the ability to practice post-glaze techniques including luster and china painting. For this purpose, students are encouraged to bring bisqueware to experiment on.

Participants will gain insight into how King uses historical ceramics as a reference and method of developing a narrative in her artwork. These exercises will give students the opportunity to develop and expand on their own vocabulary of imagery.

King will give a public artist talk on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.
Instructor: Kathy King, www.kathykingart.com


AMACO Glaze & Underglaze Demonstrations

Small worksop image  high fire glazes (makebhm) Ceramic Supply, Chicago

Elk Grove Village, IL United States

ceramicsupplychicago.com

Dates

  • September 09, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Free decorating demonstrations by Diana Faris from AMACO:
An assortment of underglazes and glazes will be presented, including liquid Velvet underglazes, Potters Choice and Celadon mid/high fire glazes. Application techniques will be demonstrated and participants may bring their own bisqueware to experiment on.
No registration needed!


Animal Sculptures with Patricia Uchill Simons

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Richmond, CA United States

leslieceramicandcraftssupply.com/animal-sculptures-workshop---2days.html

510-524.7363

Dates

  • September 09, 2017 – September 10, 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​


All About Colored Clay, with Chris Campbell

Small chris campbell Spruill Center for the Arts

Atlanta, GA United States

spruillarts.org/

770-394-3447

Dates

  • September 11, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Many potters avoid colored clay in their work, as they believe it to be too time consuming, too expensive, and too difficult to learn. These ideas prevent them from enjoying one of the most flexible and interesting "tools" in the pottery skill set.
In this workshop, Chris will teach an array of clay coloring methods that you can easily and comfortably use in your own work. These tools include mixing and formulating, secondary color creation, fading colors, canes and patterns, and mixed colored slips. You will explore creative and unique ways of using them to build and decorate your pieces.


The Narrative Figure: Totems, with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.net

505-685-9468

Dates

  • September 11, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Using large coils, we will build sectional pieces to create a stacked totem. We will construct a head and stacked parts. The surface on the each section will be treated with dry clays, engobes and underglazes. Demos will include coil building the head, applying face features, ways to stack section pieces and surface treatment.

Contact: debrafritts@aol.com


Printing on Bisque, with Kathy Skaggs

Aardvark Clay & Supplies

Santa Ana, CA United States

aardvarkclay.com

714-541-4157

Dates

  • September 23, 2017 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come visit us at Aardvark's Open House event and experience printing techniques on bisque with AMACO educator, Kathy Skaggs.
This event includes sales and demonstrations, and is free and open to the public.


Diving Deep: Functional Earthenware with Kip O’Krongly

Small kip okrongly 3 penland Penland School of Crafts

Penland, NC United States

penland.org/classes/fall/fall_8.html

828.765.2359

Dates

  • 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.


Kathy Skaggs: Printing with Underglazes

The Ceramic Shop

Norristown, PA United States

theceramicshop.com

(888) 457-4236

Dates

  • September 30, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come visit us at The Ceramic Shop's Open House event and experience printing techniques with AMACO underglazes.
This event includes sales and demonstrations, and is free and open to the public.


Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference: AMACO Glaze Workshops

Small worksop image 2  high fire glazes (makebhm) Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Front Royal, VA United States

theclayconnection.org/conference-2017/

Dates

  • October 05, 2017 – October 08, 2017

Mixing and Layering Mid-Range Glazes, with Diana Faris

Blend and layer cone 5-6 brushing glazes to create your own color values and glaze effects. Application and firing variables will be reviewed and reference materials provided. This is a hands-on workshop with visual presentations to explore Volumetric Mixing and glaze interactions.

The Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference is held every other year in the beautiful landscape setting of Front-Royal, Virginia. Ceramic artists of all skill levels will benefit from our four day conference! On Saturday and Sunday, three nationally-known potters will present demonstration workshops featuring their unique techniques for constructing, decorating, glazing and firing their work. On Friday, multiple regional ceramists will lead a variety of exciting hands-on and demonstration workshops. There are also great opportunities to socialize, make new acquaintances, and renew past friendships! Participants come away with new ideas and inspiration from this stimulating learning experience!


Have Fun with Dick and Amy!

Small postcard layout Greater Lafayette Clay Guild

Lafayette, IN United States

greaterlafayetteclayguild.org/workshop.html

Dates

  • October 13, 2017 – October 14, 2017

Dick Lehman and Amy Sanders will be teaching "Expressive Clay: Two Approaches"
Each will be presenting a 3-hour demo workshop in Lafayette, IN on October 14th. You will be attending both workshops. You are also invited to attend a free presentation by Dick & Amy on Friday evening October 13th. Workshop Cost: Regular Registration $150, Early Registration (must be received by June 15th) $120, Full-time High School or College $100.


Getting Graphic, with Jason Bige Burnett

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Columbia, NC United States

app.etapestry.com/cart/PocosinArts/default/item.php?ref=1071.0.128468407

Dates

  • 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.


The Narrative Figure: So Much More

Small jan 2016  5 Debra Fritts’ Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.net

505-685-9468

Dates

  • 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

Small   653923 orig Leslie Ceramic & Crafts Supply

Richmond, CA United States

leslieceramicandcraftssupply.com/animal-sculptures-workshop---2days---oct.html

510-524.7363

Dates

  • 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​


Jeremy Randall & Kathy Skaggs

Highwater Clays of Florida

Clearwater, FL United States

727.553.9344

Dates

  • 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 Glazing Workshops

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Lorton, VA United States

reservations.workhousearts.org/Info.aspx?EventID=70

(703) 584-2954

Dates

  • 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

nceca.net/2018-pittsburgh-pennsylvania/

303-828-2811

Dates

  • 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

Small naea logo capture Washington State Convention Center

Seattle , WA United States

arteducators.org/events/articles/277-2018-naea-national-convention

703.860.8000

Dates

  • 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

Small jungle platter  cara m.  semi moist underglazes Runyan Pottery Supply

Clio, MI United States

runyanpotterysupply.com

810-687-4500

Dates

  • April 13, 2018 – April 14, 2018

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