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

Creative Imagery on Clay, with Shalene Valenzuela

Small shalenevalenzuela1 McKinney Art House

McKinney, TX United States

arthousetx.com/events-workshops/workshops

214-542-2331

Dates

  • May 26, 2018 – May 28, 2018

Discover the potential for transforming your functional or sculptural ceramic forms into powerful visual works by applying personally significant imagery and designs to the surfaces.

Shalene will address the unique challenges and layout tricks for applying painted and printed imagery to 3-dimensional objects. Techniques covered will include application approaches in illustrating and painting with underglaze, including layout and stenciling tips, direct screen-printing and transfer techniques with underglaze, and clay monoprints.

This will be a hands-on workshop in which students will have the chance to experiment with and combine the techniques introduced.


Kirsten Bassion - 2 Day Hands-On Workshop

Small img e5513 Clay By The Bay

San Francisco, CA United States

claybythebaysf.com/workshops/

(415) 416-6475

Dates

  • May 26, 2018 – May 27, 2018

During this two day workshop students will both create work and play with surface! Kirsten will demonstrate her wheel thrown butter dishes, cake stands along with other fun pieces. On the second day she will focus on surface using AMACO underglazes, slip trailing, paper stencils, and brush work to create vibrant patterned surfaces.


Expand Your Palette with Underglazes, Julia Feld

Small figure 02 Clay Planet

Santa Clara, CA United States

ovcag.org

Dates

  • June 02, 2018 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Clay Carnival includes four workshops in one day at one location. Two of them are on underglaze painting. Choose your favorite ninety-minute hands-on sessions and take away a finished project.
It’s a fun-filled, fast-paced day you won’t want to miss.


All Things Sgraffito with the Queen of Sgraffito herself, Kathy King

Small studioworkking 400x344 Boulder Potter’s Guild

Boulder, CO United States

boulderpottersguild.org/workshops/upcoming-workshops/

Dates

  • June 09, 2018 – June 10, 2018

Let’s Talk – A Conversation Between Form and Imagery
This two-day, hands-on workshop will center on building a personal vocabulary of imagery while considering methods of composition of that imagery onto both the wheel-thrown and hand built ceramic form. With humor as a tool to create narratives within her work, King will introduce some non-traditional ideas about function and methods of storytelling. Students will incorporate their own imagery by carving into slip-covered, leather hard forms (sgraffito), as well as experimenting with transfer techniques such as decals, Photo EZ silk screens and resist printing. In addition, glaze techniques that will enhance surface work will be demonstrated. We will learn how to skillfully adapt this method on endless possible forms in our own studio work- from sculptures to tiles to thrown forms.


AMACO Glaze and Underglaze Surfaces, with Diana Faris

Small worksop image  high fire glazes (makebhm) Ceramic Supply Inc.

Lodi, NJ United States

ceramicsupplyinc.com/services/workshops/

(973)340-3005

Dates

  • June 09, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

See the new AMACO glaze colors, and investigate various glaze and underglaze application techniques. Featured products will be the Velvet underglazes, 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 will be available from 10 am-3 pm, with two specific presentations from 11am-noon and 1-2pm.


Hard Candy: Sweet Ceramic Surfaces with Jason Burnett

Small burnett jason 2018 Arrowmont

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=347

865.436.5860

Dates

  • June 10, 2018 – June 16, 2018

This intensive workshop introduces surface techniques for students to discover and take home! With an emphasis on screen printing, students will create image transfers and produce personal narratives using doodles and patterns. You will discover how to work through layers of material using various methods including the use of slips, resists, glaze applications and decals. Using multiple techniques, participants will work small and fire in electric kilns. The class will use a cone 6 stoneware, but the materials and techniques will lend themselves to various firing temps and techniques. Experience in clay preferred, but no printing experience is necessary.


Image on Clay, 8 week course with Kathy King

Small imageonclay web Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Allston, MA United States

ofa.fas.harvard.edu/classes/image_on_clay_king

Dates

  • June 14, 2018 – August 02, 2018

New avenues towards personal expression are realized through applying image-based surface techniques such as sgraffito, mishima, monoprinting and vinyl resist. Traditional printmaking techniques will be applied to ceramics through utilizing silk screening methods with EZ Screens and preparing and using 20x24 inch silkscreens. Students will then learn transfer techniques to apply personal imagery onto 2D and 3D ceramics forms. Guest artist, Arthur Halvorsen will present his transfer methods in July.


Didem Mert: 2-Day Hands-On Workshop!

Small didem mert Clay by the Bay

San Francisco, CA United States

claybythebaysf.com/workshops/

(415) 416-6475

Dates

  • June 16, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Mert will demonstrate using soft slabs within bisque slump molds to create her signature ovaled bowl forms. She will apply terra sigillata and AMACO Velvet Underglaze on the bowl to create a sense of playfulness directed through the color palette, while retaining a minimalistic design.
Sign up for one of these two dates:
June 16 & 17 or
June 23 & 24


The Layered Surface, with Naomi Clement

Small naomiclement 08 Sonoma Community Center

Sonoma, CA United States

sonomacommunitycenter.org/layered-surface/

707-938-4626, x1

Dates

  • June 16, 2018 – June 17, 2018

Do you love making but hate decorating? This workshop is for you! In this two-day, hands-on workshop, students will learn a variety of surface design techniques for decorating work and developing surfaces. Various approaches for achieving pattern will be demonstrated, and we will employ a variety of techniques such as paper-resists and slip trailing.


Lots O' Layers, with Meredith Host

Small 2 host platter 300 Arrowmont

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=355

865.436.5860

Dates

  • June 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018

This workshop explores surface decorating using screen printing techniques, stencils, transfers and decals. Students will work with simple forms (tiles, cups, bowls, plates) to practice building layers of information. The goal is to gain an understanding of new ways to approach surface and decoration. You will produce dynamic surfaces by expanding your visual vocabulary and creating custom color palettes. Cone 6 porcelain will be used, but these methods are applicable to all types of clays.


Pattern, Print, Repeat with Adrienne Eliades

Small eliades 6cropped Idyllwild Arts (HOT CLAY)

Idyllwild, CA United States

www.idyllwildarts.org/hotclay

951.659.2171

Dates

  • June 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018

This intensive one-week workshop provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques with an emphasis on designing and generating reusable Die Cut stencils using a KLIC-N-KUT Zing Air Die Cutter. Based on individual aesthetics students will develop a vocabulary of personal expression through drawings, patterns, found imagery and more. With a variety of resists, glazes, and underglazes, we’ll explore the allure of the repeat pattern, customized color palettes and surface treatments using custom-made hump molds. This course is designed to create opportunities for surface design development in studio practices and to expand your surface decoration repertoire. Open to all skill levels, this course welcomes hand-builders and wheel throwers.


Teacher as Artist—Artist as Teacher, with Julia Galloway

Small juliagalloway head for web Archie Bray Foundation

Helena, MT United States

archiebray.org/workshops_classes/workshops_2018/workshop_Galloway_2018.html

406/443-3502 ext. 11

Dates

  • June 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018

This seven-day workshop is designed for k-12 teachers who are interested in working with clay in the classroom or who hope to introduce clay into a curriculum. Focusing on creativity and problem-solving using ceramics in the classroom, the week will consist of developing project and curriculum ideas, daily demonstrations by Galloway, lively conversations, slide presentations and time to work with clay.
Julia Galloway is a potter, administrator, arts advocate and professor of art at the University of Montana.


Let's Talk - A Conversation Between Form and Imagery with Kathy King

Small kathy king stack detail  anderson ranch 2017 Snowfarm - the New England Craft Program

Williamsburg, MA United States

snowfarm.org/workshops/topics/ceramics/lets-talk-conversation-between-form-and-imagery

413.268.3101

Dates

  • June 22, 2018 – June 26, 2018

Build a vocabulary of imagery while considering its composition on thrown and hand-built ceramic forms. Incorporate personal imagery and storytelling through carving slip-colored clay, and using transfer techniques (decals, silk-screening, resist printing from a photocopy, block-printing) on leather-hard clay. Glaze enhancements to surface work will also be demonstrated. Students can bring leather-hard work to class and/or experiment on tiles provided.
NOTE: This class is part of a special program for Educators.


Innovative Clay-Based Art Lessons for Art Educators

Small nicole elizabeth roth Peters Valley School of Craft

Layton, NJ United States

petersvalleyworkshops.bigcartel.com/product/innovative-clay-based-art-lessons-for-educators

973-948-5200

Dates

  • June 29, 2018 – July 03, 2018

Immerse yourself in this professional development experience specifically designed for Art Educators! The goal of this workshop is to give you the teaching strategies and skills you need to integrate image transfer & clay-based art lessons into your fine arts curriculum. This workshop will cover art lessons that are appropriate for 4th-12th grade students. Basic hand-building techniques such as working with soft slabs, coil building and using paper slip transfers will be explored.
Instructor Nicole Elizabeth Roth is a ceramic artist, author & art educator from Somerville, NJ. Nicole has taught visual arts at the elementary, middle and high school level and has a deep interest in finding creative ways to integrate clay-based lessons into unique teaching situations.


Handbuilding and Surface Intensive, with Chandra DeBuse

Small debuse  chandra Blackberry Hill Art Center

Orford, NH United States

Blackberryhillartcenter.com

603-986-6262

Dates

  • July 07, 2018 – July 08, 2018

Ceramics - Sketch and Stretch: Handbuilding and Surface Intensive


Patterns, Color, & Form, with Sean O'Connell

Small seanoconnell threeplates porcelain  underglaze glaze 2015 Red Deer College

Red Deer, AB, Canada

rdc.ab.ca/continuing-education/course/ESER/6017

1-888-732-4630

Dates

  • July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018

In this class we will study, adapt, and innovate surfaces and forms based on participant’s personal interests and inspirations. We will look at traditional and contemporary decoration in order to expand our aesthetic sensibilities and incorporate new ideas into our own work. Through a series of presentations and demonstrations, participants will be introduced to a hands-on approach with specific techniques, methods, and styles of decorative surface design.


Print & Clay Workshop, with Jason Burnett

Small 002d  2017 Clay Art Center

Port Chester, NY United States

clayartcenter.org/workshops

(914) 937-2047

Dates

  • July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018

A 5 day workshop focusing on how to create imagery for printing that will be transferred and altered on pottery.


Decals in Atmosphere, with Justin Rothshank

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Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/instructor/justin-rothshank/

865.436.5860

Dates

  • July 22, 2018 – July 28, 2018

In this class we'll talk about production and marketing techniques for the studio potter. We'll focus on daily production, social media, and small business efficiency. You will also learn how to transfer your own imagery onto ceramic work using a laser printer and decal paper. We will cover image preparation, printing decals onto decal paper, transferring decals onto greenware and glazed ware, layering of decals, using commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals.


Ready, Set: Designing Contemporary Tableware, with Adrienne Eliades

Small eliades 3cropped The Potter's Studio

Berkeley, CA United States

berkeleypottersstudio.com/upcoming-workshops/

(510) 528-3286

Dates

  • July 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018

This workshop will improve students’ aesthetic sensibility to design and make ceramic sets. Create your own set of tableware or objects and investigate variations on a theme. A set can be tied together with color, size, position of image, or concept. Every artist approaches a series of forms with a slightly different perspective. The experience of making the first influences the next. We’re thoughtful and inconsistent creatures and we can use these characteristics to great benefit when done so with intention. This course is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome. Previous experience in clay will be helpful.


Hand and Prints, with Jason Bige Burnett + Sunshine Cobb

Small burnett  jason   pocosin Archie Bray Foundation

Helena, MT United States

archiebray.org/workshops_classes/workshops_classes.html

406/443-3502

Dates

  • August 06, 2018 – August 17, 2018

Hand and Prints— Collaboration between Form and Surfacew/ Jason Bige Burnett + Sunshine Cobb


The Figurative Shrine, with Debra Fritts

Small jan 2016  2 Blackberry Hill Art Center

Orford, NH United States

Blackberryhillartcenter.com

603-986-6262

Dates

  • August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018

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.


AMACO Glaze Workshops, with Diana Faris

Small pc sak%c3%a9 cups hex pyramid copy Portland Pottery

Portland, ME United States

portlandpottery.com/

(207) 772-4334

Dates

  • August 16, 2018 – August 18, 2018

Hands-on glazing workshops for Clay Artists and Art Teachers focusing on expanding options for using glazes and underglazes. Participants may register for Low-fire or Mid/High-fire sessions or both! Schedule is as follows:

Tentative schedule for August 16-18, 2018
Braintree, MA:
Thurs Aug 16, 1-5pm: Mid/high fire workshop

Portland:,ME
Fri: 3-7 Low fire workshop
Sat: 9-1 Mid/high fire workshop


AMACO Glaze and Underglaze Surfaces, with Diana Faris

Small worksop image 2  high fire glazes (makebhm) Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA United States

ceramicsupplypittsburgh.com/blogs/workshops-events/amaco-september-8-2018

Dates

  • September 08, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

See the new AMACO glaze colors, and investigate various glaze and underglaze application techniques. Featured products will be the Velvet underglazes, 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 will be available from 10 am-3 pm, with two specific presentations from 11am-noon and 1-2pm.


The Printed Figure, with Jason Bige Burnett and Cristina Cordova

Small burnett  jason   pocosin Archie Bray Foundation

Helena, MT United States

travelartenow.com/registration

Dates

  • October 08, 2018 – October 12, 2018

Collaboration between Form and Surface with printmaking and stenciling maser Jason and figurative artist and sculptor, Cristina!


Decal Making, with Justin Rothshank

Small img 4334 Clay by the Bay

San Francisco, CA United States

claybythebaysf.com/workshops/

415-416-6475

Dates

  • October 20, 2018 – October 21, 2018

In this class learn how to transfer your own imagery onto ceramic work using a laser printer and decal paper. We will cover image preparation, printing decals onto decal paper, transferring decals onto greenware and glazed ware, layering of decals, using commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals.
Saturday - Making
Sunday - Decals, decorating, and business practices


The Exquisite Surface, with Sean O'Connell

Small seanoconnell twoplates porcelain  underglaze glaze 2015 Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=470

865-436-5860

Dates

  • October 21, 2018 – October 27, 2018

The Exquisite Surface: Week-long, Surface Intensive
In this workshop, students will explore the ceramic surface. Through demonstrations and hands-on participation, you will learn a variety of techniques. The class covers how to develop a composition using pattern and color through brushwork, wax and paper resist, Mishima (inlay), trailing and carving. Students should bring greenware and/or bisque-ware for decoration and glazing during the workshop. Glaze firings will be cone 6/7, and a grog-free cone 6 clay body is recommended. Open to all skill levels, however some experience preferred.