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:
Director of Educational Outreach
Phone: (800) 925-5195, x 1302
The Magic of Underglaze Colors at your Fingertips, with Julia FeldInternational Artists Residency Exchange
Saint-Raphaël , France
- June 28, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Painting Texture Depth with Underglazes
3-day workshop: This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce you to the painterly surface treatment as an alternative way to traditional glazing techniques. You will learn how to use underglazes, underglaze pencils and chalks to create multi-layered, colorful imagery. Julia will explain and demonstrate various painting techniques on bisque ware to create layers and depth of field in surface design. You will practice painting on a simple tile before you move on to three-dimensional form. Bring your favorite brushes, source images and eagerness to get bold with colors. You don’t have to know how to paint or draw!
Boundless Form, Boundless Surface, with Sean O’ConnellPenland School of Crafts
Penland, NC United States
- July 07, 2019 – July 19, 2019
Students will be introduced to a wide range of techniques and approaches for developing rich, dynamic ceramic surfaces on high-fire stoneware and porcelain. We’ll cover the fundamentals of making forms plus resist techniques, brushwork, slips, colored pigments, and how to apply and layer these materials for cone 10 reduction firing. Students will use their own influences and inspirations to aid in the development of a personal voice while building technical skills as we make, fire, and finish ceramic work.
Ceramics - Sketch & Stretch: Handbuilding & Surface Intensive, with Chandra BeBuseBlackBerry Hill Art Center
Orford, NH United States
- July 19, 2019 – July 21, 2019
In this three-day workshop, students will learn new ways of designing, building and illustrating functional pottery.
Chandra will share how she translates sketches into three dimensional forms using simple and inexpensive materials, such as wood, bisqued clay and craft foam through soft slab handbuilding techniques.
After forming 4-7 pieces, students will learn to create a layered, colorful surface through freehand drawing, underglaze inlay, brushwork, sgraffito, texture and color.
This workshop will be suitable for beginning to advanced clay students. Anyone striving to develop a more cohesive relationship between form and surface in their own clay work will enjoy this workshop.
SCULPTING MEMORY WITH KENSUKE YAMADASanta Fe Clay
Santa Fe, NM United States
- July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019
In this hands-on workshop, participants will create unique, figurative sculptures illustrating narratives drawn from childhood tales, comic books, movies or personal experience. Using sculpture clay, Kensuke will demonstrate multiple hand-building techniques for constructing heads - further discussions will explore glazing and firing; anatomy; proportion; posture and gesture; and using all of these to create expressive, animated figures. Participants will also learn about enhancing surfaces by texturing and detailing, for greater personalization. Students will make small, low-fire pieces for glaze and firing experimentation, and for further exploration after the workshop.
Italian Inspired Maiolica With Underglaze, with Susan SnyderBrickyard Ceramics & Crafts
Indianapolis, IN United States
- July 27, 2019 – July 28, 2019
With Italian tools in hand, artist Susan Snyder draws on her experiences and master training in both Faenza, Italy and at home in Bloomington, Indiana to create original maiolica pottery. She remains dedicated to Italian methods and colors creating hand-painted one-of-a kind pieces, finding inspiration in elaborate floral, fruit, celestial, animal, and geometric designs from 13-18th century Italy. At the same time, she stays true to herself, creating original pottery with both contemporary and traditional themes. Her lead-free, food-safe, and dishwasher-friendly pieces align with modern needs and are destined to become family heirlooms in generations to come.
Carving Commentary, with Stephen CheekArrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN United States
- August 04, 2019 – August 10, 2019
In this workshop students focus on conceptual solutions for their work in ceramics by rendering their ideas from concept to reality. Participants interested in activating the surface of their pots will explore carving in porcelain and other low relief decoration techniques such as sgraffito and inlay. You may also use celadons and other translucent surface treatments. Students will have the opportunity to explore both high fire and cone 6 celadons. You should come prepared with ideas and concepts that you want to tackle. Open to all skill levels, however some experience in throwing is ideal.
Mid-Range AMACO Glaze Layering, with Diana FarisClay Planet
Santa Clara, CA United States
- August 10, 2019 – 11:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn the secrets of layering Amaco potter's choice, celadons and more in this fun and informative class on glaze layering.
This class is all about experimentation with mid-range clay surface decoration and AMACO brushing 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.
No More Glaze Decorating Phobia!John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC United States
- August 18, 2019 – August 24, 2019
This is a week-long class from August 18-23, 2019. 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 AMACO brushing 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 texture and hand-building techniques will also be taught.
Contact the instructor with any questions about the class: Diana Faris, MFA (Amaco Education Dept). email@example.com
Jason Burnett - GRAPHIC POTS - SCREEN PRINTED SURFACESPocosin Arts
Columbia, NC United States
- August 23, 2019 – August 27, 2019
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 activitites will cover image development, surface embellishing and decal manipulation!
Sculpture - The Human Animal Connection, with Debra FrittsBlackBerry Hill Art Center
Orford, NH United States
- August 26, 2019 – August 30, 2019
Combining the human and the animal images, a form will be constructed using basic hand building techniques. We will explore ways of developing personal symbols to allow the piece to have meaning and metaphor. After construction, the surfaces will be treated with dry clays, engobes and underglazes. Demos include construction techniques and a painterly approach to the wet surface.
Glaze Buffet With A Creative Flair, with Fong ChooBrickyard Ceramics & Crafts
Indianapolis, IN United States
- September 14, 2019 – September 15, 2019
For over two decades, Choo has been playing with his “Glaze Buffet” technique. Glazing has significant dynamic potential as the crucial final step. Envisioning glaze interplay with both one another, and with heat, is a laborious and patiently acquired skill. Ideally, glazes become as creatively fluid, colorful, and vibrant as a painter’s palette.
Participants will learn his unorthodox approach to using pre-made, easily available, low fire and mid fire glazes. Fong experimented with hundreds of combinations of both glazes and firing techniques: You will see the few, special survivors. All of these glazes are “at home” and comfortable in the typical Cone 6 oxidation environment most potters use.
Mid-Atlantic Clay COnference, AMACO Glazing WorkshopNorthern Virginia 4-H Educational Center
Front Royal, VA United States
- October 03, 2019 – October 06, 2019
Mixing & 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!
Abstractory, with Adrienne EliadesArrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN United States
- October 13, 2019 – October 19, 2019
In this workshop students delve into creative exploration through the world of abstract pattern. Using various types of paper resist, you will learn surface decoration techniques applied to fresh porcelain forms with slip and underglaze. Participants will expand their ability to create expressive, impactful images on their clay work using a personal visual vocabulary based on drawings, patterns, found imagery and more. Color, composition and form will be used to generate die cut stencils using a Klic-N-Kut Zing Air Die Cutter. This course is designed to create opportunities for surface research and design development in your studio practices. Open to all skill levels. Handbuilders and wheelthrowers are welcome.
AMACO Glaze Workshop, with Janet BuchananWomanspace
Rockford, IL United States
- October 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
This action packed, 2-day, hands-on workshop with Womanspace instructor Janet Buchanan will focus on the application of AMACO’s main cone 5/6 glaze lines (Potter’s Choice, Celadon, Satin Matte and Shino). It will also include decorating techniques using Velvet Underglazes with additional bonus demonstrations.
Glazing: Adventures AMACO Cone 5/6 Glazes, with Tracy GambleArrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN United States
- November 14, 2019 – November 17, 2019
This action packed 3 and ½ day hands on workshop will focus on application of AMACO’s (American Art Clay Company, Inc.) cone 5/6 glaze lines (Potters’ 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 leatherhard and bisque using Underglaze, are all part of the action. Bring bisque fired test tiles (10 – 15) and small pot test creations (one pound wheel thrown or handbuilt, 10 - 15) to the workshop to experiment on with AMACO cone 5/6 glazes. Use your favorite cone 5/6 clay body for your test creations. Make some in a dark clay body and some in a white clay body. Please bisque fire your test creations to cone 04. The plan is to fire tests and experiments in the kiln, on site, each day. There will also be some handbuilding during the workshop, this will be for trial only and there will not be time to get the handbuilt creations fired. Bring your favorite sketch book, glaze brushes and your sense of adventure!
(Glaze lines and materials provided by AMACO, you bring the bisque for testing)