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 completing this Workshop Request Form.

For any further questions or comments please email: workshops@amaco.com

Senta Achée

Small senta achee Studio TM Ceramics

Gainesville, FL United States

studiotmceramics.com/workshops

STUDIOTMCERAMICS@GMAIL.COM

Dates

  • April 11, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In this one-day workshop, students will decorate two leather-hard porcelain tumblers (provided by the studio) with custom stencils and Amaco Velvet Underglazes. The day will consist of student introduction, group discussion about the imagery that connects us to our personal histories and why we feel connected it – visual language through movement, expression, and metaphor creating the stencils out of craft foam and applying them to the vessels. After lunch will focus on color application and detail carving to enhance the stenciled images and background. If a student wishes to decorate more than two vessels, extras will be available for purchase at the time of the workshop. Some stencils will be provided by the artist however students are encouraged to bring simple sketches as well their favorites mark-making tools or brushesA bisque firing is included in the cost of the workshop and students will be alerted by email when pieces are ready to be picked-up (~1 week).

Senta Achée is an artist and potter currently living in North-Central Florida. She is a UF alumni whose work most recently graced the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated. She is represented in several local and national galleries. When she is not in her studio, she works as a gallery assistant at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida.


AMACO Glaze Workshops, with Diana Faris

Small workshop image  velvets  sm  sh  pc glazes Workhouse Arts Center

Lorton, VA United States

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

703-584-2982

Dates

  • April 17, 2020 – April 18, 2020

Hands-on glazing workshops with visual presentations and printed reference materials. Participants can sign up for one workshop or both:

Friday April 17: AMACO Mid-Range Glazes (2-6pm)
Learn successful application and firing tips in this workshop focusing on AMACO cone 5-6 Mid-range brushing glazes. Select colors, including the newest Potters Choice, Celadon and Shino and Satin Matte glazes will be available for use and experimentation. We will explore glaze layering to achieve personalized results in electric kiln firing. Two bisque tiles will be provided per participant. Please bring 4-8 bisque-fired pieces including test tiles with you to this hands-on workshop.

Saturday April 18: AMACO Low-Fire Glazes & Underglazes (11-5pm)
This hands-n workshop will focus on low-fire glazes and various underglaze decorating techniques. Learn about classroom-friendly glaze and underglaze options and how these can be used to teach specific techniques and concepts. Bisque tiles and moist clay will be provided, but feel free to bring low-fire bisque pieces to glaze as well. Please bring your lunch or snacks.

Contact the Workhouse Arts Center at 703-584-2982 directly to sign up!


Five Week Surface Decoration workshop with Natalie Waddell

Small waddell Toronto School of Art

Toronto, Canada

tsa-art.com/courses/ceramics-surface-design-and-decoration/

416.504.7910

Dates

  • April 19, 2020 – May 17, 2020

Learn, explore and experiment with surface decoration on clay. In this class you will learn how to add texture, colour and develop your own voice with the materials while learning a wide range of techniques that can be applied in all stages of working in clay. This is a 5-week SPRING SUNDAY WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE REPEATED 3 TIMES.


AMACO Mid-Range Glazes, with Diana Faris

Small pc38 over c57  3 ea Runyan Pottery Supply

Clio, MI United States

runyanpotterysupply.com/

810-687-4500

Dates

  • April 25, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Learn successful application and firing tips in this workshop focusing on AMACO cone 5-6 Mid-range brushing glazes. Select colors, including the newest Potters Choice, Celadon and Shino and Satin Matte glazes will be available for use and experimentation. We will explore glaze layering to achieve personalized results in electric kiln firing. Two bisque tiles will be provided per participant. Please bring 4-8 bisque-fired pieces including test tiles with you to this hands-on workshop.


The Artful Life - Spring with Debra Fritts

Small studio139img The Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar

505-685-9468

Dates

  • April 26, 2020 – May 01, 2020

The Artful Life Retreat is a new retreat/workshop offering in 2020 - and we hope you will join us as we connect the spirit of art and the soul of this amazing land in northern New Mexico. Two The Artful Life sessions will be held in 2020 - each session will be unique and will allow you to discover your creativity, recharge your soul, spend time in nature, and connect with the history, culture and magical land with like-minded people. Your hosts for both sessions are Carolyn and Tom Calfee, Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton. Carolyn and Tom own and operate Abiquiu Vacation Rentals and The Grand Hacienda Bed & Breakfast - and much of our workshop will take place on their property. You will stay in either a vacation home on the lake or above on a mesa top; in a studio room; or at the luxury bed and breakfast. All lodging options are located in a gated community on Abiquiu Lake…surrounded by the lake, Rio Chama, Ghost Ranch, Cerro Pedernal and the million-year old red rocks. There is a history and energy to this land, and you will explore it first-hand.www.discoverabiquiu.com/theartfullife

Debra and Frank will host walks, clay mediations and daily journaling which will allow new thinking to enter into your life. This exposure to creative thoughts and daily observations will open the “self” to move forward and experience an artful life. Day excursions will include three studio sessions at the home and studio of Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton. Their creative insight, connection, expertise and creative energy will astound you. You will discover that you, too, have the ability to be expressive and creative!

Agendas will be posted soon - but a sneak peak at the schedule https://www.discoverabiquiu.com/theartfullife


Paint-Your-Own-Groceries Workshop, with Stephanie Shih

Small stephanie shih Kreep Ceramics Studio

Los Angeles, CA United States

stephaniehshih.com/workshops

Dates

  • May 13, 2020 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Stephanie's work explores shared nostalgia through the lens of the Asian-American pantry, and in this mini workshop she'll teach students how she paints her "nostalgia groceries." The class will include a demo on working with Amaco underglazes and an artist talk. BYOB!

Before the workshop, Stephanie will be in touch to help students choose the groceries they will build and paint; pre-made ceramic “cans” will be provided, which will then be fired and glazed and available for pick up at a later date. (If you currently work with clay, you are welcome to bring your own vessel to paint, so you can have more freedom with the shape of your grocery, e.g., bottles, bags.)


The Human Animal Connection with Debra Fritts

Small debra fritts  dec 2017 Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/human-animal-2020

505-685-9468

Dates

  • May 18, 2020 – May 22, 2020

Combining the human and the animal imagery, 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. After construction, the form will be treated with dry clays, engobes, and underglazes.

The workshop fee includes 25 pounds of red sculpture clay, surface treatment, firings and three lunches at the studio. Lunches are a combination of Northern New Mexican food and healthy salads.


MEMORY AND IMAGE: DIMENSIONAL TILE & DECAL TRANSFERS with Julia Feld

Small julia feld Studio Bridges

Grass Valley, CA United States

www.studiobridges.com/

(530) 274-7889

Dates

  • May 30, 2020 – May 31, 2020

Let’s do it all, no compromises! Let’s make a personalized ceramic object that reflects your personality and can be hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf; has texture, colors and imagery. During this 2-day workshop participants will learn how to use the rigid-slab hand-building technique to create a unique memory box; investigate the possibility of carved surfaces; learn how to apply underglazes to create a colorful background; and make sepia-tone decals using black and white photographs. This class is perfect for total beginners and those who have had previous clay experience.
Fee for the workshop: $225
(1hr lunch break, participants need to bring their own lunch)
Contact Deborah Bridges for registration - deborah@studiobridges.com


The Layered Surface with Renee LoPresti

Small renee lopresti Eye of the Dog Art Center

San Marcos, TX United States

www.eyeofthedogartcenter.com/product-page/surface-composition-with-renee-lopresti

(512) 558-1723

Dates

  • May 30, 2020 – May 31, 2020

This 2 day workshop will focus on developing surface composition by layering underglazes and glaze directly onto leatherhard clay. $250 includes instruction, materials and a great lunch each day!


The Seated Figure with Debra Fritts

Small debra fritts this i know Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/seated-figure-2020

505-685-9468

Dates

  • June 01, 2020 – June 05, 2020

In this workshop, we will work solid and with coils to express an interesting figurative form. This form should have a personal connection with you. Do research and bring images of interesting seated figures. Think about symbolism and metaphor. The surface will be treated before the bisque firing with engobes and underglazes.

The workshop fee includes 25 pounds of red sculpture clay, surface treatment, firings and three lunches at the studio. Lunches are a combination of Northern New Mexican food and healthy salads.


AMACO Glaze Workshops, with Diana Faris

Small new 2019 colors Davens Ceramics

Atlanta, GA United States

davensceramiccenter.com

770-451-2105

Dates

  • June 04, 2020 – June 05, 2020

Hands-on glazing workshops with visual presentations and printed reference materials. Participants can sign up for one workshop or both:

Thursday - Friday June 4 & 5:

AMACO Low-Fire Glazes & Underglazes
This hands-n workshop will focus on low-fire glazes and various underglaze decorating techniques. Learn about classroom-friendly glaze and underglaze options and how these can be used to teach specific techniques and concepts. Bisque tiles will be provided, but feel free to bring low-fire bisque pieces to glaze as well.

AMACO Mid-Range Glazes
Learn successful application and firing tips in this workshop focusing on AMACO cone 5-6 Mid-range brushing glazes. Select colors, including the newest Potters Choice, Celadon and Shino glazes will be available for use and experimentation. We will explore glaze layering to achieve personalized results in electric kiln firing. Two bisque tiles will be provided per participant. Please bring 4-8 bisque-fired pieces including test tiles with you to this hands-on workshop.


Seeing the Essence of Nature team taught with Stacy Phillips

Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/seeing-essence

505-685-9468

Dates

  • June 08, 2020 – June 12, 2020

In this five day workshop, we will explore beautiful Abiquiu and the natural surroundings by building clay markers (Debra) and by using mixed media on paper (Stacy). First a coiled form will be constructed. Stacy will guide everyone to respond to the landscape, not in a traditional manner but by embracing lines, shapes, colors and forms in nature. Golden paints, mediums and gels as well as various drawing materials will be used. This information will also be related to the clay form by using slips, underglazes, and etching into the surface. Observation and awareness will be the resource for creating a clay marker and several paintings on paper.

The workshop fee includes 25 pounds of red sculpture clay, surface treatment, firings and three lunches at the studio. Lunches are a combination of Northern New Mexican food and healthy salads.


DeBuse on the Loose! Ceramics - Sketch & Stretch, Handbuilding & Surface Intensive

Small chandradebuse Blackberry Hill Art Center

Orford, NH United States

blackberryhillartcenter.com/workshops

(603) 353-4312

Dates

  • June 26, 2020 – June 28, 2020

In this three-day workshop, students will learn new ways of designing, building & illustrating functional pottery.

Chandra will share how she translates sketches into three dimensional forms using simple and inexpensive materials, such as wood, bisqued clay & craft foam through soft slab hand-building techniques.

After forming 3-5 pieces, students will learn to create a layered, colorful surface through underglaze inlay, brushwork, sgraffito, texture & color.

This workshop will be suitable for beginning to advanced clay students. Anyone striving to develop a more cohesive relationship between form & surface in their own clay work will enjoy this workshop.

ChandraDeBuse.com


Printmaking & Clay with Paul Wandless

Small scribe by paul andrew wandless Cornell Studio Supply

Dayton , OH United States

cornellstudiosupply.com/class/paul-andrew-wandless/

937-454-0357

Dates

  • June 26, 2020 – June 28, 2020

This Workshop will be an introduction in using printmaking process with your clay work.
Monoprinting, screen printing and relief printing onto plaster, clay slabs and bisque tiles
will be the techniques and methods covered. You will learn how create images in
screens by hand and to carve relief blocks and the various ways to print with them.
Images and designs will be used as a means of personal expression to create your
compositions during the workshop. The surfaces will be used as a canvasses for
exploration of printed imagery, design, pattern, color and text. All levels of experience
welcomed.


Finding You in Your Work with Debra Fritts

Small debra fritts jan 2016  4 Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/finding-you-2020

505-685-9468

Dates

  • August 31, 2020 – September 04, 2020

This workshop is for someone that has worked in clay and still trying to find their personal style. Many options on ways to work and ways to handle surfaces will be offered. You bring in the subject and then let us experiment. The goal is to allow the spirit of the artist to connect with the form by using symbols and metaphors.

The workshop fee includes 25 pounds of red sculpture clay, surface treatment, firings and three lunches at the studio. Lunches are a combination of Northern New Mexican food and healthy salads.


The Artful Life with Debra Fritts

Small debra fritts artful life Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/artful-life-spring-fall

505-685-9468

Dates

  • September 20, 2020 – September 25, 2020

The Artful Life Retreat is a new retreat/workshop offering in 2020 - and we hope you will join us as we connect the spirit of art and the soul of this amazing land in northern New Mexico. Two The Artful Life sessions will be held in 2020 - each session will be unique and will allow you to discover your creativity, recharge your soul, spend time in nature, and connect with the history, culture and magical land with like-minded people. Your hosts for both sessions are Carolyn and Tom Calfee, Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton. Carolyn and Tom own and operate Abiquiu Vacation Rentals and The Grand Hacienda Bed & Breakfast - and much of our workshop will take place on their property. You will stay in either a vacation home on the lake or above on a mesa top; in a studio room; or at the luxury bed and breakfast. All lodging options are located in a gated community on Abiquiu Lake…surrounded by the lake, Rio Chama, Ghost Ranch, Cerro Pedernal and the million-year old red rocks. There is a history and energy to this land, and you will explore it first-hand.www.discoverabiquiu.com/theartfullife

Debra and Frank will host walks, clay mediations and daily journaling which will allow new thinking to enter into your life. This exposure to creative thoughts and daily observations will open the “self” to move forward and experience an artful life. Day excursions will include three studio sessions at the home and studio of Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton. Their creative insight, connection, expertise and creative energy will astound you. You will discover that you, too, have the ability to be expressive and creative!


The Magic of Underglaze Colors at your Fingertips with Julia Feld

Small julia feld Ventura Potters Guild

Ventura, CA United States

venturapottersguild.org/calendar-of-events

geniethomsen@att.net

Dates

  • October 10, 2020 – October 11, 2020

It doesn't matter if you make pottery or sculptural ceramics, involved with low or high fire processes, have years of studio experience or just started with clay, you will learn how to boost your ceramics with bright colors by using AMACO Underglazes. This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce you to the painterly surface treatment as an alternative method to traditional glazing techniques. You will learn how to use underglazes, underglaze pencils, and chalks to create multi-layered, colorful imagery. Bring your favorite small brushes and a bisque item to paint on.

NEW DATES!
(1hr lunch break, participants need to bring their own lunch)


The Figurative Shrine with Debra Fritts

Small debra fritts this i know Debra Fritts Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafritts.squarespace.com/calendar/2020/3/16/figurative-shrine-2020

505-685-9468

Dates

  • October 19, 2020 – October 23, 2020

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.

The workshop fee includes 25 pounds of red sculpture clay, surface treatment, firings and three lunches at the studio. Lunches are a combination of Northern New Mexican food and healthy salads.