Saturday, January 12th 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (ish - may go over) West Coast Time
This on-line workshop is designed for those who have the basic handbuilding skills under their belt and are ready to focus now on shape and form, and to learn a few new methods and ways of thinking about handbuilding. The workshop will be paced for hands-on participation, but people who want to watch and take notes are welcome, too.
Specific things that I will be covering...combining slabs of different thicknesses in preparation of altering, the pitcher form and its considerations, pitcher spouts and properly placed handles, the use of footring pukis (footring puki is not required for the class), and designing and making templates for the form that you want. And of course, as always, I explain everything as I go and answer all questions, so lots of other techniques will be taught as well.
Participants should have some experience handling clay, and have their own tools and materials and a place to work and a device that can access Skype. Students will also need access to a printer for printing out the templates that I will send before the class. All technical issues with Skype must be worked out before hand, which can be done with a scheduled test call to me, if need be.
Handling of clay, making slabs, imprinting them
Making of and use of templates
Cutting angles for strong joins and smooth seams
Slab handles and spouts, and how to shape and attach them
-2 or 3 wareboards to work on (I prefer drywall with taped edges) about 12”x 15”
-clay & cutting wire
-a stiff, small, cheap brush for spreading slip
-fettling knife, x-acto knife or something fine to cut with
- needle tool
-a fat throwing stick, or a big spoon – something curved and smooth for pushing out the insides of things
- rolling pin &/or Chinese clay mallet
-pony roller aka pizza dough roller
- any cool texture tools you've got!
- a clean towel or rag for your lap to keep your fingers clean
- pottery sponge
- ribs for smoothing slabs
-card stock or old file folders or thicker paper to make templates with
- SOMETHING THAT TURNS – a banding wheel if you have one, or if not, get one of these inexpensive guys at Target, Wallmart or Bed bath & Beyond