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

The Narrative Figure: As The Figurine, with Debra Fritts

Small jan 2016  3 Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States




  • April 24, 2017 – April 28, 2017

Using either coil or modeling from a dowel, a pair of figurines will be created. The gesture is frozen and tells a story. These figures will hold metaphors that could be expressed by mark making, use of color or additive parts. Demos will include ways to construct and a painterly approach to a wet surface.
Contact: debrafritts@aol.com for registration

Lana Wilson, Handbuilding with Color and Texture

Small lana stacked bowls Clayworks

Charlotte, NC United States




  • May 06, 2017 – May 07, 2017

In this hands-on workshop Lana will demonstrate her layered colored slip and sgraffito process that yields a shibori painterly look and will share the simple formulas for the colored slips and the glazes used. Also offered: unusual construction methods with soft slabs of clay to create bowls, cups and her favorite three fast, easy, high success techniques. Also included: construction of a box with a movable drawer and niche with layered stamped imagery, use of a sink mat with stamps for textured functional ware, sprigging, multi-level tiles, and more. Questions will be encouraged, many handouts offered and laughter eruptions assumed. Lana’s book and DVD can be available. Her work can be seen at www.lanawilson.com

Colored Clay - Every Way, with Chris Campbell

Small chris campbell John C Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC United States


1-800-FOLK SCH


  • May 07, 2017 – May 13, 2017

Hands on class all about using colored clay.
See the artist's website for more images of her work: www.ccpottery.com

The Narrative Figure: Inside Out, with Debra Fritts

Small jan 2016  1 Debra Fritts Studio

Abquiu, NM United States




  • May 22, 2017 – May 26, 2017

The Narrative Figure: Inside Out May 22 – 26
Using coils, the shell of the torso and head will be constructed. We will explore ways of developing personal symbols to allow figurative works to have meaning and metaphor. After constructions, the surfaces will be treated with dry clays, engobes and underglazes. Demos include face features and a painterly approach to the surface.
Contact: debrafritts@aol.com

Kathy King & Paul Andrew Wandless: Print, Clay & Surface Buffet

Small king  penland 2017 PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS




  • May 28, 2017 – June 09, 2017

This workshop will explore a virtual smörgåsbord of printmaking techniques for clay surfaces. Both clay studios will be used to accommodate a broad range of hands-on experimentation. We’ll cover screen printing, relief printing, monoprinting, lithography, photopolymer plates, china painting, decals, sprigging, and embossing—plus a few surprises. Firing options will include electric, raku, foil saggar, and barrel. The processes covered will be useful for both vessel and sculptural work. Intermediate: basic clay skills are required. Code 01CA

No More Glaze Decorating Phobia!

Small 2016 09 21 19.48.20 John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC United States


1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724), 828.837.2775


  • May 28, 2017 – June 02, 2017

This is a week-long class from May 28-June 2, 2017. Registration is directly through the Folk School - camping option is available in this beautiful setting!

BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bisque) This class is all about experimentation with mid-range clay surface decoration and readily available commercial glazes. Students will explore and test a variety of different AMACO products, pushing the limits of results that can be achieved in an electric kiln at cone 5-6. Clay texturing and hand-building techniques will be demonstrated and utilized.
Contact the instructor with any questions about the class: Diana Faris, MFA (Amaco Education Dept). dfaris@amaco.com

Assembling the Figure, with Tom Bartel

Small tom bartel  2017 Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States




  • June 18, 2017 – June 24, 2017

During this class students consider the fragmented human form as subject via hand-building and press mold techniques. The focus is to investigate strategies that may be used to build and assemble separate parts to construct a fragmented figure. Construction approaches include coil-building and press molds. Source image presentations, discussions and technical demonstrations provide context for points of departure and individual direction for participants. Finished work may be bisque fired for safe transport. Open to all skill levels, however some clay experience will be helpful.
To learn more about Tom Bartel, visit his website at tombartel.net.

Kathy King: Let’s Talk: a conversation between form & imagery

Small kathy king stack detail  anderson ranch 2017 Anderson Ranch Workshop

Snowmass Village, CO United States


(970) 923-3181


  • July 03, 2017 – July 14, 2017

Build a personal vocabulary of imagery and learn how to use your ceramic work as a storytelling agent in this hands-on workshop. Students consider methods of composition of imagery on both the wheel and in hand built ceramic forms. Using humor, politics and personal stories as tools, we create narratives within our work. The instructor introduces some nontraditional ideas about function and methods of storytelling. Students incorporate their own imagery through carving and experimenting on leather-hard clay. We also explore glaze techniques that enhance surfaces.

Skill Level(s): Open to All
Instructor: Kathy King, www.kathykingart.com

Justin Rothshank: The Layered Surface

Small justin rothshank  dec 2015 Touchstone Center for Crafts

Farmington, PA United States




  • July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017

Learn about production and marketing techniques for the studio potter, including daily production, social media, and small business efficiency. You will also discover how to transfer your own imagery onto ceramic work using a variety of decal and stamping techniques. We will cover image preparation, printing and transferring decals onto greenware and glazed ware, layering of decals, using commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals.

Justin Rothshank, www.rothshank.com

Innovative Hand Building PLUS Color, with Lana Wilson

Small finishedteapot Appalachian Center for Crafts

Cookeville, TN United States




  • July 25, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Get ready to paint soft clay slabs with colored slips in three layers and then sgraffito through the layers and flatten with a rolling pin. Make these painterly slabs into plates, cups, bowls, etc. Learn to build a box with a workable drawer, an inset niche and layers of stamped imagery; use a sink mat to form a grid pattern and enhance with small stamps and color added after bisquing; build a teapot; use intricate stamp making techniques; and more. Skill level: Novice Beginner
Lana Wilson's work can be seen at www.lanawilson.com


Small tracy gamble glaze workshop WOMANSPACE

Rockford, IL United States


(815) 877-0118


  • August 11, 2017 – August 13, 2017

This action-packed, 2 1/2-day, hands on workshop with Tracy Gamble will focus on application of AMACO’s main cone 5/6 - glaze lines (Potter’s Choice, Celadon, Satin Matte and Shino). Special decorating techniques using Velvet Underglazes, drawing on leather hard and bisque clay and additional bonus demonstrations (newsprint image transfer onto leather hard and bisque using Underglaze) are all part of the action. The plan is to fire the tests and experiments in the kilns, on site, each day.

Each attendee must bring bisque of 15 – 20 test tiles and bisque of 10 – 15 small bowls, cups, plates or vases (one pounders – hand built or wheel thrown) on the first day of the workshop. All of this bisque must be made from a cone 5/6 clay body.

Daily Schedule:
#1.Fri, August 11, 2017, 5:00 PM 8:00 PM
#2.Sat, August 12, 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
#3.Sun, August 13, 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM

Pattie Chalmers: Heroes and Villains

Small pattie chalmers Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Deer Isle, ME United States


(207) 348-2306


  • 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



  • 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

Small king queenbeefront for web  bray 2017 Archie Bray Foundation

Helena, MT United States




  • 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



  • 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!

The Narrative Figure: Totems, with Debra Fritts

Small jan 2016  3 Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States




  • 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

The Narrative Figure: So Much More

Small jan 2016  5 Debra Fritts’ Studio

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

AMACO Glazing Workshops

Workhouse Art Center

Lorton, VA United States

(703) 584-2954


  • February 23, 2018 – February 24, 2018

Glazing workshops for clay artists and teachers, with Diana Faris from AMACO.
Details TBD
Contact dfaris@amaco.com