Work by Vernon Smith, Rachel K. Garceau, and Rick Berman

Autumn 2016 Ceramic Workshop Series

The Autumn 2016 Ceramic Workshop Series at Hambidge presented five weekend workshops taking place in the Antinori Pottery Studio. Limited to eight participants, each intimate workshop was taught by a talented and experienced Hambidge Fellow. Classes met Friday through Sunday between 9AM and 4PM and included demonstrations, discussions and art-making, as well as vegetarian lunches specially prepared by Hambidge’s chef.

SCHEDULE
September 9-11Teapot Workshop with Rick Berman
September 16-18Integrating Form and Surface with Vernon Smith
September 30-October 2Transforming the Ordinary: Creating Unique Sculptural Forms in Clay with Sarah White
October 7-9Mold Making: Inside Out and Upside Down with Rachel K. Garceau
November 4-6Clay and Drawing in the Mountain Landscape with Priscilla Hollingsworth

Continue reading below for details about each workshop.

Individuals are responsible for their own accommodations. Click here for a list of recommended sites just minutes from Hambidge. There are also two rooms in the Hambidge Rock House available for workshop participants. To reserve, contact Christine at 706-746-7324, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

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Teapot Workshop with Rick Berman

It is said that the teapot is the culmination of all the skills of the potter. It entails the making of a jar of any shape with a well fitting lid, a small bottle which is used for the spout, many different types of handle solutions and somehow putting all of these parts together in a pleasing and functional manner. In this workshop we will look at hundreds of photos of teapots from around the world for inspiration, and begin the quest for the perfect teapot. Bring your tools and about a hundred pounds of whatever clay you are using at your school or in your own studio.

Rick Berman has presented over 100 workshops in the US, India, Italy, and Africa. And his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Macon Museum, High Museum, MOCA Ga., Kalamazoo Museum, Auburn University Museum, Hawaii Cultural Arts Museum,and the Harriett Tubman Museum as well as in the private collections of Peter Voulkos, YoYo Ma, Andres Serrano, Jane Fonda, Paul Soldner, John Portman,The Honorable John Lewis, and others. Rick earned his MFA from the University of Georgia and throughout his career has owned a gallery, worked as associate editor of Clay Times Magazine, worked the Pace Academy arts faculty, and currently teaches at Chastain Art Center in Atlanta. A Fellow and long-time friend to Hambidge, we are excited to present this workshop as our inaugural ceramic event this Fall.

Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced

Dates:
September 9-11

Registration Deadline: September 8

Fee: $345 (includes 3 vegetarian lunches prepared by the Hambidge chef, and a $150 non-refundable deposit)

Class size limit: 8


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Integrating Form and Surface with Vernon Smith

In this hands-on weekend workshop, we'll use the wheel to create functional forms to use to explore and test a variety of decorative surface techniques. Discussions and demonstrations will include mishima, scraffito, using slip for texture and color as well as how to incorporate objects and patterns from nature in your work. Students should also bring 3-5 pieces of bisque to glaze during the workshop as decorative glazing techniques will also be presented.

Vernon Smith received his BFA in Ceramics from University of West Georgia. He then moved to Las Vegas to work with Tom Coleman as a studio assistant. After several years, Smith returned to Atlanta where he completed a two year residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. He's currently the Ceramics Studio Manager at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, teaches at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and maintains regular working hours at his home studio in Decatur.

Experience level:
Intermediate

Dates:
September 16-18

Registration Deadline: September 8

Fee: $285 (includes 3 vegetarian lunches prepared by the Hambidge chef, and a $150 non-refundable deposit)

Class size limit: 8


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Transforming the Ordinary: Creating Unique Sculptural Forms in Clay
with Sarah Spencer White


This hand-building workshop will use unexpected combinations, distortions and abstraction to develop your own vocabulary of form and shape. We will use familiar objects as a jumping off point for creating our own unique sculptural forms. A combination of hand-building techniques to build forms inspired by unexpected combinations and distortions of objects we see everyday will also be presented. We will experiment with adding texture, pattern and color to the finished forms. Come prepared to think outside the box and have fun!

Sarah Spencer White received her M.F.A. in Ceramic Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has shown throughout the United States and divides her time between teaching, studio practice and her family. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Experience level: Intermediate, come ready to learn new clay skills and new ways of thinking about the material

Dates: September 30 - October 2

Registration Deadline: September 28

Fee: $310 (includes $25 lab fee, 3 vegetarian lunches prepared by the Hambidge chef, and a $150 non-refundable deposit)

Class size limit: 8


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Mold Making: Inside Out and Upside Down with Rachel K. Garceau

The objective is two-fold. First, we will explore how a shift in the way we hold our bodies can also shift our perceptions of how we approach our work. Second, we will apply this concept and way of thinking to the process of mold-making, specifically for ceramics, and will cover the process of using the molds for slip-casting.

It can be a challenge to alter one’s way of thinking to understand how to perceive of the negative space of an object, or how a negative space (or mold) will create a positive form. In this workshop, we will engage in body movements, mostly rooted in yoga, to begin to change the way our bodies relate to gravity and also the axis from which we view the world. Hopefully, this will result in a new perspective when we approach mold making.

Every participant to leave the workshop with at least one working mold which they can use when they return home. Students leave with the skills to continue to make molds as well as the information that they need to use their molds. We will also talk about ways to remain mindful of the body in our studio practice, and how this consciousness can impact our focus and ability to solve problems. 

Rachel K. Garceau is a studio artist living and working in Atlanta, GA, and has been recognized as a 2015 Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She utilizes large slip-cast porcelain forms to construct site-specific installations. Her work is often born from a curiosity about an object or a place and a desire to come to a deeper understanding of it. In 2013, Rachel completed the two-year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts (NC). She has received residencies at Vendsyssel Kuntsmuseum (DK), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (GA). Rachel is currently a resident of The Creatives Project Artist-in Studio Program and is a WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellow.

Experience level:
Anyone interested in mold-making and moving their bodies

Dates:
October 7 - 9

Registration Deadline: September 29

Fee: $345 (includes $60 lab fee, 3 vegetarian lunches prepared by the Hambidge chef, and a $150 non-refundable deposit)

Class size limit: 8


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Clay & Drawing in the Mountain Landscape with Priscilla Hollingsworth

Do you love taking a walk in the mountains, drawing inspiration from the variety and beauty of what you see? Using handbuilding methods in clay, and drawing in charcoal on paper, enhance your artistic response to the mountain landscape.

The focus of this workshop will be on drama and freedom; both realism and abstraction will be encouraged. This workshop is appropriate for those who have a lot of drawing experience as well as those who have little. In clay, the emphasis will be on sculptural handbuilding. Those who already know how to use clay can expand their skills and sense of possibility, while clay beginners can make a good start. Wheel-throwing won't be covered specifically, though participants can use wheels to make sculpture parts if they already know how to throw.

Priscilla Hollingsworth works in clay as well as other media including drawing and painting; her output includes sculpture, paintings, and installations. Much of her work combines life sciences, observation, and imagination. She has shown across the United States, Canada and China and photographs of Hollingsworth’s work have been published in 9 books and several catalogs, including Lark’s The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay and 500 Vases (cover image). Hollingsworth is a Hambidge fellow and has also attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, the Kohler Company Arts/Industry Program, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Artpark, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and others.

Ms. Hollingsworth earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she studied with Toshiko Takaezu.  She taught from 1993 to 2010 at Augusta State University (now Augusta University), where she was appointed full professor in the art department. Hollingsworth has taught numerous workshops in the Southeast and the Midwest.


Experience Level:
Intermediate or higher skills in drawing OR clay or both

Dates:
November 4 - 6

Registration Deadline: Extended to Wednesday, November 2

Fee: $305 (includes $20 lab fee, 3 vegetarian lunches prepared by the Hambidge chef, and a $150 non-refundable deposit)

Class size limit: 8