The 2014 CLAY Festival, taking place July 30 - August 3, will offer four distinct hands-on workshops featuring internationally known artists Patrick Shia Crabb, Diego Valles & Carla Martínez, Paul Lewing, and Kathryn Allen.
Join Patrick Shia Crabb in his three-day workshop titled "Raku: A Deconstructive Approach." His instruction will include creating a sculptural vessel based on his deconstructive approach to Raku pottery. The workshop will integrate 3 digital presentations, demos, and hands-on work, leaving each student with their own sculptural vessel of deconstructed and reassembled fired bisque ware. Firing techniques include Raku, low-salt, sawdust, smoke resist, and horsehair. The registration fee is $185.
Learn the techniques of "Mata Ortiz Pottery" from contemporary masters Diego Valles and Carla Martínez. In this two-day workshop, artists Diego Valles and Carla Martínez will teach participants the traditional pottery making methods of Mata Ortiz Pottery. During the workshop, Valles will show how he makes his ollas plus his burnishing and decorating methods. Participants will get to hand build their own vessel, pit firing the work at the conclusion of the workshop. The registration fee is $155.
Paul Lewing's three-day workshop, "New Directions in China Painting," will explore methods of applying and firing china paint on pottery and ceramic tile. Participants will use all kinds of brushes, and will also stamp, print, spray, and stencil china paints. Students will investigate resist and wipeout techniques, traditional shading and ground-laying methods, and nontraditional materials such as structure pastes, raised enamels, and chipping powder. Each student will decorate tiles or pottery (handmade or commercial) with their own designs. Work will be fired each night, and students will leave with finished pieces. The registration fee is $185.
Explore the realm of "Architectural Ceramics" with installation artist, Kathryn Allen. Her two day workshop will include all aspects of creating large scale slab construction: bas-relief, drape molding, miter slab work, and carving. The workshop will address sectioning, glazing, and firing large pieces. The class will participate in designing and creating a site specific mural that will later be donated. Participants will discuss various installation techniques - prepping the surface, application products, and grouting - and will install a finished 3'x5' mural on site at Kathryn's studio. A potluck will follow the Wednesday workshop, starting at 6:30 pm and will feature discussion and problem solving for individual projects as well as a photo share. The registration fee is $155.