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

Finding You in Your Work with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • 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.

Maiolica Workshop: Hands-on Virtual Workshop with Susan Snyder

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Bloomington , IN United States


(812) 650-2884


  • September 05, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Learn how to make your own Italian inspired maiolica plate step by step class! This technique is more similar to watercolor painting. First a white base coat is applied to the plate and then the design is painted on top. Circular lines can be applied ahead of time upon request. The cost is $65 and includes an 8” plate, small container of Opaque white (LG-11), a set of 6 2 oz containers of Amaco Velvet Underglazes and firing of finished piece plus information packet, practice worksheet, pounce and tracing paper. Course is $45 if you provide your own materials and firing.

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 be born.

The Artful Life with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • 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

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Ventura, CA United States




  • 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.

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

The Figurative Shrine with Debra Fritts

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Abiquiu, NM United States




  • 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.