2019 Winter Workshop
The Carol Long workshop was a great success.. Carol alters basic forms thrown thickly by pushing the clay out from the inside of the pot. She adds clay as needed where she creates thin spots or if she needs more clay to push out for further distortion. She further alters her pots by pushing in here and pushing out there using her hands, rollers, sponges and various other tools. After teh pot is formed she will add handles or any other details. Her surface design is slip trailed on using a bottle with a tip. She creates closed shapes that can later be glazed much in the same way you color shapes in a coloring book. She uses a trailing bottle to apply her glazes. The final glaze a clear or sandy color is then sprayed on.
The Winter Workshop with Justin Rothshank held Feb 24th and 25th was attended by 48 CCM member. Justin demonstrated how he layers texture, underglazes, slips, decals and glazes to create depth and interest in his pots. Some of his pots may go through 5 or
more firings in order to create the look he is striving for. He also spent time talking about the business side of his studio such as how he prices his work for retail and wholesale, how he runs his production cycle, how he uses assistants or interns to help him in the studio and how he uses social media to promote his work and business. The workshop was very informative. After the workshop on Saturday some of the members went to the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson for dinner with Justin. If you want to find our more about Justin and his work please visit his website or follow him on Facebook. CCM Guild would like to thank Margorie Oshea (Left) and Chee Chee Drusin (Right)of Hough High for hosting this wonderful workshop. Thank you to all the members who put in so much effort to make these workshops such a success.
Summer Workshop with Nikki MizaK
Our summer workshop was presented by Nikki Mizak. Nikki throws functional porcelain pots and decorates with images of chickens, rabbits, goats, owls. Animals are patiently painted on with multiple layers of underglaze. She also decorates with a slip trailing to create a chicken wire pattern. Enjoy some of the photos from the workshop. Pictured with Nikki is Sue Edwards.
Winter Workshop with Fong Choo
Choo has been a studio potter for more than 30 years. For more than 10 years his work has focused on Miniature Teapots. He resides in Louisville, Ky. Choo has had exhibitions in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in DC plus numerous other national exhibits, as well as, international from Singapore to Israel. For more Choo info
Roy Strassberg Workshop
We had a free 1/2 day workshop with Roy Strassberg. Strassberg is a retired art and art history department chair from UNCC and makes functional and sculptural pottery themed around the holocaust.
The summer workhop with Kevin Crowe was a big success. Below are some photos from the workshop.
Kevin Crowe works in the Blue Ridge foothills, where he lives with his wife Linda. His sons Bram and Kai live in Nelson County and Charlottesville. Kevin produces wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4” teabowls to 48” vases.
Kevin's pots are fired in a 450 cubic foot, 3- chamber combination anagama and noborigama kiln. Firings last 7 days, consuming 8 cords of wood and firing 1500 and 2000 pots. The kiln is fired twice a year when the moon is right and it's not soccer season.
Summer Workshop with Kevin Crowe
Winter Workshop with Nick Joerling
Nick Joerling did a workshop for the CCM Guild this February 2016. Below you can see some of the photos from the workshop.
Nick Joerling is a full-time studio potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, North Carolina since the mid-1980’s. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1986. He has taught in craft programs in the United States and abroad, been widely reviewed and exhibited, and is represented in public and private collections.