Posted by Steve Hilton

On Thursday and Friday in rooms 555/556 of the convention center, you will find the Process Room.  Unlike the large stage with full projections for our simultaneous demonstrations, this room is intended as a more intimate setting designed to allow potters to connect more directly with the artist.  However, now in its third year, this room is VERY popular, so don’t be late, and do expect the possibility of standing room only.  These sessions are only 30 minutes long, just long enough to allow the artists to demonstrate a single technique or process.  The half hour between sessions may allow additional opportunities to exchange contact information, or perhaps even try the technique yourself.   Here are the great presentations you will find in this room:

Thursday – 9:30am  Elegantly Altered By Martha Grover

Combining wheel thrown and slab constructed parts to make elegant functional pots.


GilliattAndrew10:00am-10:30am Laser Printer Decals By Andrew Gilliatt

Demonstration of how to make, apply, and fire your own custom laser printer decals Building with Textured Slabs By Margaret Bohls

Bohls will demonstrate how she uses a flat plaster slab mold to create deeply textured slabs. She will then build a vessel from these textured slabs and demonstrate her use of sprig molds to adorn the surface of the vessel.


images1:00pm – 1:30pm Adding Volume and Movement to Static Forms with Texture By Robert Lawarre

Viewers will be encouraged to explore surface texture/decoration and its relationship to form. The demo will cover “stretching” the idea of soft slab building vessel forms with armatures and free form. Alteration to these forms will be done with multiple techniques and will incorporate a variety of embellishment methods including impressing with custom texture tools, pinch, coil, sprigging and molding. Attendees can look forward to walking away from this workshop with new skills for building and decorating forms, a stronger ability to explore ideas, and the knowledge to create their own tools. – 2:30pm Textural Surfaces on Porcelain By Jennifer Allen

This demonstration will cover different decoration techniques on both greenware and bisqueware. It will explore stamp making, slip trailing, glaze trailing and carving techniques as methods to add textural interest to the ceramic surface. Participants will have time to try out various stamps and practice slip and glaze trailing methods. – 3:30pm Pulling Parts Together By Shawn Spangler

Spangler will work out strategies for numerous parts to envelop into assembled vessels. Using simple thrown porcelain forms ranging from spheres, cones, and cylinders, he will be concentrating on trimmed parts to be prepared for construction. Forms will grow in complexity, as Shawn will lead into a conversation about placement and attachments of parts. He will then compose the surface of the forms with a focus on inlay techniques, and appliqué cut outs setting the stage for the objects to be bisque fired and glazed.

Unknown4:00pm – 4:30pm Plate-o-matic By Amy Santoferraro

Create plates using slabs, press molds, and foam. Plate-o matic gives you the ability to create imagery on the slab in the green ware state while it is flat, and then form it ino a plate without distortion of the image. Greenware decoration ideas and techniques will also be addressed in this session.



Friday – 9:30am Press Molds and Monotype By Chris Dufala

Through the use of open-faced molds, cast ceramic elements can be combined to create sculptural forms with unbelievable accuracy. This process will be coupled with the ceramic monotype, an underglaze printmaking technique that transfers an image from plaster to clay. Supplemental instruction in mold making and ceramic rendering techniques will help spectators understand these exciting processes. Drawing in Clay By Tara Polansky

In this session Polansky will demonstrate how to draw in clay using an inlay technique called mishama. Using this method, ceramic artists can achieve a beautiful quality of line with underglaze. The demo will cover timing, transferring/tracing images onto both flat and volumetric forms, and all steps of the mishama process.

5376d3b1e444c.preview-80011:00am-11:30am Rough & Refined By Bill Wilkey

I will demonstrate how I seek to strike a balance of form and surface in my thrown and altered work. Through the use of texture tools, I will refine the form and establish layers of contrasting pattern to each plane of every piece. I will be demonstrating how to make a mug with a pinched handle. – 1:30pm The Body as Wheel-Large Round Pots By Winnie Owens-Hart

West African hand-building technique produces large round pots.


kevin_snipes2:00pm – 2:30pm Layering Techniques By Kevin Snipes

Developing imagery on greenware through the use of multiple techniques. – 3:30pm The Human Figure: Proportion and the Maquette By Misty Gamble

Observe a sculpting strategy to create a proportionally ideal small figure study. Based on the eight head system (that Vitruvius Pollio wrote about in his influential books on architecture), understand a methodology that involves cutting a block of clay into units to create a symmetrically proportion figure in height, width and length. – 4:30pm Glaze Application Techniques By Doug Peltzman

I will share my techniques and concepts for glaze application. I will show how color can become a way to enhance, soften and conceal shifts in line and pattern. I dip all of of my pots so that my glaze application is a consistent thickness. I will adreess the diffenence between dipping, brushing, and spraying glaze and touch on the importance of knowing your glazes. Using wax and liquid latex gives me the abitlity to mask off specific areas and the control to apply glaze in a very precise manner. If you are interested in getting more “spot on” with your glazing this short demo will be just the thing for you.

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