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

Color POP Workshop with Adrienne Eliades

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Seattle, WA United States




  • February 16, 2019 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques and how to embrace vibrant color on clay work. You’ll practice an array of decorating techniques including inlay, slip trailing and stencil resist using a vocabulary of personal expression to create opportunities for surface design development in your studio practice. Using underglaze, we’ll explore ways to expand the commercial palette to create tints, shades and custom colors.

Mid-Range AMACO Glaze Demonstration

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Atlanta, GA United States




  • February 20, 2019 – 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

See the newest glaze colors, and pick up the latest brochures on layering results. Featured products will be the Potters Choice and Celadon cone 5-6 glazes. Application techniques will be demonstrated and participants may bring their own bisqueware to experiment on with a selection of colors.
Diana Faris from AMACO will be available from 3-7 pm to also answer questions.

Alabama Clay Conference

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Jacksonville, AL United States



  • February 21, 2019 – February 24, 2019

Register now for this amazing conference at alclayconference.org. There will also be 14 vendors including AMACO brent, with glazes, tools, equipment, books, and clay along with the Alabama Clay Market, exhibitions (including the Participant Exhibition which is open to every registrant), small workshops, the Mug Exchange, networking opportunities galore, great food, new and old friends, a free SWAP table for free stuff for the studio, and much more.

Tim Kowalczyk

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Indianapolis, IN United States




  • February 23, 2019 – February 24, 2019

Since graduating with his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011, Tim has maintained an active studio practice from his home in Minonk, Illinois. For the past 8 years Tim has participated in a steady stream of juried, group, invitational, and solo exhibitions. He has received several awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show, and Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show. Tim’s work can be seen in private collections, University collections, and in a recent American Craft Magazine article. Tim is pursuing being a full-time studio artist starting in January of 2018

Glazing & Layering Success, with AMACO’s Mid-Range Glazes

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Jacksonville, AL United States




  • February 24, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Diana Faris (AMACO Educational Director) will share tips and images regarding application, mixing and layering of cone 5-6 brushing glazes. AMACO Celadon, Potters Choice and Shino oxidation glazes provide limitless possibilities to achieve your own surfaces without experimenting with dry materials and chemicals. Application and firing variables will be reviewed and reference materials provided.

Lots of Layers, with Meredith Host

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St John's, Newfoundland, Canada




  • March 01, 2019 – March 02, 2019

Hands-on decorating workshop using AMACO Velvet Underglazes.

Silk Screening Underglazes, with Tim Kowalczyk

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Chicago, IL United States



  • March 03, 2019 – 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This 3-hour workshop will be centered around silk screening underglazes. Tim will explain his process and techniques and assist students in learning a new way to create images on their ceramics. Students should bring leather hard cylinders to the workshop to work on*.

Heads, with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • March 18, 2019 – March 22, 2019

Working from memory and the imagination, the head will be constructed using coils. Detail information will be shared on facial features. The goal is to build several heads, life size or larger than life and a few smaller ones. The use of symbols and interesting surface decorations will allow a different visual depth in these heads.

Attention to Detail, with Kyle Carpenter

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Winston-Salem, NC United States




  • March 22, 2019 – March 23, 2019

Kyle's focus in this workshop is on developing throwing and decorating skills. Get inspired as you watch Kyle demonstrate techniques for repeating, joining, and altering functional forms. In addition, he will share his techniques for surface decoration using texture, slip, glaze, and commercial underglaze. His techniques can be applied to all types of firing methods and temperatures. Bring a vessel or two for a short, hands on opportunity to explore decorating techniques share in the workshop.

NCECA 2019 AMACO Brent Booth Demos

Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis, MN United States


  • March 27, 2019 – March 29, 2019

Going to NCECA this year? Make sure to stop by the AMACO Brent booth (#317) to see our lineup of amazingly, talented artists demonstrating how they use AMACO products in their studios!

Wednesday, March 27th
10:00am - Noon: Thaddeus Erdahl & Marty Fielding
1:30 - 3:30pm: Didem Mert & Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Thursday, March 28th
10:00am - Noon: En Iwamura & Kira Kalondy
1:30 - 3:30pm: Didem Mert & Thaddeus Erdahl

Friday, March 29th
10:00am - Noon: Malcolm Mobutu Smith & Kira Kalondy
1:30 - 3:30pm: En Iwamura & Marty Fielding

The Printed Figure w/ Cristina Cordova and Jason Bige Burnett

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Penland, NC United States



  • April 15, 2019 – April 19, 2019

Joining forces for a 5th time to teach this unique combination of figurative ceramic sculpture and surface development through the use of underglaze transfers and monotypes! jasonbigeburnett.com & cristinacordova.com

The course will include:
The basics of anatomy and proportion, building a torso with slabs and finishing and detailing to optimize expression
An assortment of printing techniques for clay such as screen, monotype and plaster printing as well as tissue transfers and decals
Lectures to show how artists utilize “printing” in clay and inspire conceptual investigation
Clay and all necessary materials for printing and developing surfaces including silkscreens, plaster, decals, transfers, slips, underglazes and glazes
Insider resources regarding clays, printing materials for clay, printing and anatomy books, models and specialty tools

Michiana Woodfire Workshop, hosted by Justin Rothshank

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Goshen, IN United States




  • April 23, 2019 – April 28, 2019

Join us for a 95 hour firing of the Rothshank wood kiln in Goshen, Indiana. This workshop will give you a chance to learn about loading and firing a 2 chamber wood kiln. The kiln is designed to fire a wide range of clay bodies and temperatures. In addition, you’ll have a chance to join each of the special guests inside the adjoining clay studio for special demonstrations including slip casting, trompe l’oeil techniques, handle making, wheel throwing, and guest collaboration sessions. No previous wood firing experience is necessary.

The Human Animal Connection, with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • April 29, 2019 – May 03, 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.

Exuberant Clay: Exploring Form and Surface, with Carol Gouthro

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Tuscany, Italy



  • May 05, 2019 – May 18, 2019

Create exuberant, unique and voluptuous handbuilt forms in clay.
In this 2 week workshop Carol Gouthro will demonstrate her signature Segment Mold Process. Learning Carol's innovative mold making technique will allow you to incorporate pleated, undulating and expressive forms into your ceramic vessels and sculptures, like those we marvel at in Carol's masterworks.
We will follow Carol’s rich, multi-layered approach to surface from wet clay, bone dry to bisque. Techniques for creating depth and texture will be explored, including the use of textured skins to wrap forms and clay sprig molds to embellish. Focus on color and pattern will be given through numerous demonstrations using slips, underglazes, stains, wax, shellac and paper patterns.

The Figurative Shrine, with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • May 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019

Working from the imagination, the head and torso will be constructed using coils. We will discuss ways on how the figure can be a holding place for sacred relics, a reliquary. Detail demo’s on building the form and facial features will be given. Also surface treatments on unfired clay will be explored.

New Clay Conference

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Ottawa, ON, Canada



  • May 24, 2019 – May 26, 2019

Welcome to the New Clay Conference! Our mission is to strengthen the ceramics community in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by gathering together clay makers for an invigorating weekend of ceramic activity. We are reaching out to you early in the planning process with the hope that you will be a part of making New Clay happen in Ottawa.

This year’s conference is already off to an amazing start with renowned artists Carole Epp, Naomi Clement and Jason Burnett confirmed as our three main presenters. However, plans for conference panel discussions and professional development workshops are still underway.

The Magic of Underglaze Colors at your Fingertips, with Julia Feld

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Ojai, CA United States




  • May 25, 2019 – May 26, 2019

It doesn’t matter if you make pottery or sculptural ceramics, you’re involved with low or high fire processes, have years of studio experience or have just started with clay, you will learn how to boost your ceramics with bright colors. This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce the painterly surface treatment as an alternative to traditional glazing techniques. The participants will learn how to use underglazes, underglaze pencils and chalks to create multi-layered, colorful imagery. Participants will practice painting on a simple tile before moving on to three-dimensional forms. Previous experience in painting or drawing are not necessary.

Clay Pots & Color Spots, Mark Errol

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Gatlinburg, TN United States



  • June 09, 2019 – June 15, 2019

In this workshop students create forms on the wheel and through hand-building to activate surfaces by a variety of techniques. Students will learn about inlay, paper transfers, paper masking, slip and underglaze layering and gain knowledge on how they join forces to bring high impact with low-tech methods. What you experience during class will add complexity to your work with easy-to-learn and highly affordable techniques. Open to all skill levels.

The Magic of Underglaze Colors at your Fingertips, with Julia Feld

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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’Connell

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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 BeBuse

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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.

Carving Commentary, with Stephen Cheek

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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.

No More Glaze Decorating Phobia!

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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 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). dfaris@amaco.com


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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 Fritts

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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.​

Abstractory, with Adrienne Eliades

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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.

GLAZING: Adventures AMACO Cone 5/6 Glazes, with Tracy Gamble

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Gatlinburg, TN United States



  • November 14, 2019 – November 17, 2019

This hands-on workshop focuses on the application of AMACO’s (American Art Clay Company) cone 5/6 glaze lines (potter’s choice, celadon, satin matte and shino). Students will fire kilns (bisque fire to cone 04) and discover decorating techniques with velvet underglazes that include newsprint image transfer and Mishima/inlay. Glazes are provided by AMACO. Students should bring bisque fired test tiles and small, one pounder, test pot creations (5 to 10 of each) to class along with a sketch book, glaze brushes and a sense of adventure. Open to all skill levels.