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 Figurative Shrine, with Debra Fritts

Small jan 2016  3 Debra's Studio

Abiquiu, NM United States

debrafrittsartist.com/calendar

505-685-9468

Dates

  • 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

Small burnett  jason   penland Rideau Curling Club

Ottawa, ON, Canada

eventbrite.ca/e/the-new-clay-conference-2019-registration-47088281317

Dates

  • 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

Small feld images 03 The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Ojai, CA United States

beatricewood.com/workshops/magic_of_underglaze_colors.html

805-646-3381

Dates

  • 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.
https://www.juliafeld.com/


Mold Making & Slip Casting, with Kira Kalondy

Small kira kalondy post card front 2019 Brickyard Ceramics & Crafts

Indianapolis, IN United States

brickyardceramics.com

317-244-5230

Dates

  • June 08, 2019 – June 09, 2019

Students in this course will make a plaster mold starting from a prototype of their own design. The student will bring a functional or sculptural prototype that is ready for making the mold. The work should be on leather hard stage or bisque and due to limited time the work should be no bigger that 4 - 5 inches.


Clay Pots & Color Spots, Mark Errol

Small errol mark 2019 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=510

Dates

  • 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

Small feld 02 International Artists Residency Exchange

Saint-Raphaël , France

internationalartistsresidencyexchange.com/index.php/en/events-en/23-julia-feld-workshop

Dates

  • 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!
https://www.juliafeld.com/


Boundless Form, Boundless Surface, with Sean O’Connell

Small oconnell cocktailcups Penland School of Crafts

Penland, NC United States

penland.org/workshops/clay/

828.765.2359

Dates

  • 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

Small debuse floraltumblers small BlackBerry Hill Art Center

Orford, NH United States

blackberryhillartcenter.com/2019-workshops.html

603-353-4312

Dates

  • 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 YAMADA

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Santa Fe, NM United States

santafeclay.com/collections/workshops-2019/products/july-22-26-sculpting-memory-with-kensuke-yamada

505.984.1122

Dates

  • 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 Snyder

Small susan snyder post card front 2019 Brickyard Ceramics & Crafts

Indianapolis, IN United States

brickyardceramics.com

317-244-5230

Dates

  • 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 Cheek

Small cheek steven 2019 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=559

Dates

  • 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 Faris

Small worksop image 2  high fire glazes (makebhm) Clay Planet

Santa Clara, CA United States

shop.clay-planet.com/workshops-at-Clay-Planet.aspx

408-295-3352

Dates

  • 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!

Small pc 46   55 layering John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC United States

folkschool.org

1-800-365-5724

Dates

  • 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). dfaris@amaco.com


Jason Burnett - GRAPHIC POTS - SCREEN PRINTED SURFACES

Small 002d  2017 Pocosin Arts

Columbia, NC United States

app.etapestry.com/cart/PocosinArts/default/item.php?ref=1071.0.264349755

Dates

  • 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

Small dec 2017 BlackBerry Hill Art Center

Orford, NH United States

blackberryhillartcenter.com/2019-workshops.html

603-353-4312

Dates

  • 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 Choo

Small fong choo post card front 2019 Brickyard Ceramics & Crafts

Indianapolis, IN United States

brickyardceramics.com

317-244-5230

Dates

  • 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 Workshop

Small worksop image  high fire glazes (makebhm) Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Front Royal, VA United States

theclayconnection.org/conference-2019

Dates

  • 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 Eliades

Small adrienne eliades  cream sugar Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=598

Dates

  • 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 Buchanan

Womanspace

Rockford, IL United States

womanspace-rockford.org/Clayworks

815-877-0118

Dates

  • 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 Gamble

Small gamble tracy 2019 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN United States

arrowmont.org/workshops-classes/workshop-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=634

Dates

  • 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)