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

35th Alabama Clay Conference

Small al clay  2020 Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, AL United States

alclayconference.org

Dates

  • February 27, 2020 – March 01, 2020

On-line registration is now open!
Main Presenters:
Jen Allen
Naomi Clement
Steve Loucks
Shadow May

Additional workshops will be announced and will open for enrollment in October. You must be registered for the conference to participate in workshops.
Registrants will receive advance notice of workshop signups.


Drawn and Transferred Workshop with Catie Miller

Small catie miller City of Orlando Pottery Studio

Orlando, FL United States

apm.activecommunities.com/orlando/Activity_Search/catie-miller-hands-on-workshop-and-lecture-both-days/7642

407.246.4488 or visit cityoforlando.net/pottery

Dates

  • February 29, 2020 – March 01, 2020

Take your designs from paper to clay in this print on clay class. Catie Miller will demonstrate the monoprinting transfer method she uses to add graphic, colorful imagery to her functional ceramics on a variety of prepared and constructed pieces. Watch her demonstrate the various wheel throwing and hand building techniques she uses to construct specific forms that set up great “canvases” for illustration. Discussing considerations for color, scale, and composition will take place. She will also discuss her personal attraction to colored slips vs. underglazes and the technical rational behind these decisions. Be prepared to collect handouts and take notes about shared recipes, DIY tools, along with small scale production tips, and problem solving in the studio. Then the making begins! Using simple molds and templates along with and colored slips, students will get to try out this technique to enhance their clay surfaces. Participants are encouraged to come with images or themes they want to explore along with questions.


The 33rd Annual NC Potters Conference, hosted by the NC Pottery Center

Small ncpottersconf North Carolina Pottery Center

Seagrove, NC United States

ncpottersconference.org

Dates

  • March 05, 2020 – March 08, 2020

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC is a non-profit organization that provides a broader educational experience about the history of North Carolina ceramic art to students, teachers, potters, scholars, pottery collectors and tourists. For artist details, schedule, registration, exhibitions and more visit www.ncpottersconference.org
@ncpottersconference
For questions email projects@ncpotterycenter.org

Demonstrating Artists: Bede Clarke, Dan Finnegan, Lisa Naples

Speakers: Alex Matisse of East Fork Pottery, Connie Matisse of East Fork Pottery, Ron Philbeck & Thomas Schmidt


Lively Pottery Surfaces with Michael Kline

Small kline michael cl painted inlaid cup bio John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC United States

classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=22205

1-800-365-5724

Dates

  • March 08, 2020 – March 14, 2020

Pattern is all around us! Dive into the world of pottery and pattern as we explore forms large and small, with a focus on the embellishment of functional pots using brushwork, resists, and inlay. Learn basic brush techniques using slips, underglazes,latex and wax resist, as well as traditional Korean buncheong inlay. We’ll pay special attention to the way pattern can enhance form - how the surface and form come together to make the complete pot. Basic throwing and hand-building skills are required.


NCECA’s 54th Annual Conference

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Richmond, VA United States

nceca.net/2020-richmond-virginia

Dates

  • March 24, 2020 – March 28, 2020

Visit the AMACO-brent booth and watch our artist demonstrations in the exhibit hall.

A region steeped in history and engaged with reinvention, the arts, teaching and learning are at the heart of Richmond, Virginia’s vision for innovation. The primary material of ceramic art, clay, connects our human experience from our local communities to distant places, and times long past. Clay’s receptivity to human touch carries the hands of distant and past makers into the here and now. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generate affinities that extend the human imagination. NCECA’s 54th annual conference will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories.


"Make-In" Studio at NCECA 2020

Small make workshop image NCECA Conference: Greater Richmond Convention Center

Richmond, VA United States

carpenterpottery@bellsouth.net

Dates

  • March 25, 2020 – March 27, 2020

Drop in, hang out, and try some wild-sourced North Carolina clay! Join our pop-up improvisational studio to make objects, screen a shirt, have conversations, and meet new friends. Brought to you by Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor, and Steve Theberge, in collaboration with STARworks Clays and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Make-In is open for freestyle making Thursday & Friday, 9am–4:30pm, except for the following sessions:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Make-in will be dedicated to creative access for Richmond region teens recruited in cooperation with the Clay Siblings Project. Drop in if you wish to check it out and lend a hand.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

1:00–2:30PM: Malcolm Mobutu Smith
While open to all, this hands-on session is designed to engage teens as well as those doing clay work with youth. Jazz and graffiti have great potential to inspire visual improvisations with the medium of clay. Malcolm Mobutu Smith’s work integrates sculpture, function, design and painting to investigate experiences of color, form, and sound.

Associate Professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University, Malcolm Mobutu Smith has created work which can be found in numerous private and public collections including: The Luise Ross Gallery, New York City, the NermanMuseum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, FuLedInternational Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China and Indiana State Museum.

Friday, March 27, 2020

10:30–11:30AM: Gerald Brown and Mike Tarvares present their visionary Clay Siblings Project, dedicated to transforming the landscape of ceramics and challenging the status quo of who deserves to be makers.


2020 NAEA National Convention

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Minneapolis, MN United States

arteducators.org/events/national-convention

Dates

  • March 26, 2020 – March 29, 2020

AMACO-brent will have ongoing workshops and demonstrations in the Exhibitor Hall throughout the conference.

The NAEA National Convention is the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world! It is an annual event providing substantive professional development opportunities for visual arts education professionals including classroom teachers, museum educators, administrators, college and university professors, researchers, students of art education, teaching artists, and more!


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

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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

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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 Magic of Underglaze Colors at your Fingertips

Small julia feld Ventura Potters Guild

Ventura, CA United States

venturapottersguild.org/calendar-of-events

geniethomsen@att.net

Dates

  • April 25, 2020 – April 26, 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.

Dates: April 25 and 26, 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
(1hr lunch break, participants need to bring their own lunch)


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.)


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.