Ben Carter April 6 and 7, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm both days Mohawk College Stoney Creek Campus 481 Barton Street
This is a Demo-Style workshop with theatre style seating - feel free to bring a notebook and pen. (Workshop outline below). Bring a lunch or utilize the local eateries in the area. (Tim Horton’s, Subway, Starbucks). Receipts for registration will be available for pick up at the workshop.
Workshop fee is $75.00 (HST inc)
Ben Carter is a studio potter, educator, and social media enthusiast based in Helena, MT. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He was named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. He has authored a full-length book, Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, published by Voyageur Press in 2016.
Class outline: Design for the Soft Surface This workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques. During the workshop we will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at low fire temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary craft will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice.
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Paper Clay Workshop with Jerry Bennett September 22 and 23
Jerry Bennett is an internationally recognized ceramic artist who resides in Philadelphia, PA. Working largely in paper clay, He is a key figure in what he terms the exploding field of paper clay. He works uniquely, combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975. Bennett has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the United States. In 2012 he was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. He is currently an active studio artist in Philadelphia, teaches locally, and runs the Two Rivers Studio. www.jerrybennett.net
Jerry Bennett, a leading international paper clay artist, will conduct a hands-on workshop which will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials.
Together with the instructor’s distinctive perspectives, experiences and techniques, students will explore innovative construction techniques, how to make paper clay, bonding materials, texture and decoration techniques, problem solving related to repair work, rapid working with clay, reducing shrinkage and many other sculptural considerations.