For Jack Troy, demonstrations will emphasize the evolution of personal forms — pots with a unique identity. Using the cup as a take-off point, Jack will demonstrate how the cup reflects a concern for functional and aesthetic values.
Tammy Marinuzzi is known for her quirky, anthropomorphic, utilitarian ware. Her primary inspiration is the people around her: their interactions, their body language and facial expressions, and their stories – real or imagined. Tammy’s building process is best described as organic and spontaneous.
Featured Presenter: Ben Carter Integrating Form and SurfaceSeptember 12-14, 2014 Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, California. 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… Read More »
Billy Ray Mangham will demonstrate techniques for large figurative sculpture along with lessons learned over the course of 40 years of production style Raku firing. He will discuss the use of commercial glazes and underglazes, as well as his personal formulas for glazes and engobes. He is one of the presenters at Potters Council’s Alternative Firing Surfaces conference.
Jennifer McCurdy will demonstrate how altering and folding forms by hand can add movement and strength. She is one of the four presenters at Potters Council’s Altered Approach to Clay conference.
Potters Council Featured Presenter: LISA NAPLES Flat to Functional | June 8th, 2013 9am – 4pm When I was seventeen, I took a pottery class as a college freshman for “fun.” That was 1978. Even though I wouldn’t come to know it in a conscious way for another 4 years, that simple exposure was enough… Read More »
The simplicity and clarity of Ann Van Hoey’s work—both in process and in the finished, seemingly weightless forms—are the equivalent to a whisper with the authority of a shout. The incisions and folded walls create unexpected but precise shapes that are quiet and unassuming while maintaining a sense of energy and movement. Their bold,… Read More »
The deliberate pairing of animal and environment is the strength of DeRocchi’s work. A seamless flow of visual information, typical of elaborately staged natural history museum displays, is bound within the animated forms and their surfaces. Together this creates a subtle and engaging tension. Left: Slipping, 72 in. (1.8 m) in height, ceramic fired… Read More »
Gottuso’s confident yet indecipherable “script” resides somewhere between calligraphy and graffiti—a sort of hybrid narrative frieze. The forms are subtle and approachable, allowing the surface etching to be the focal point, inviting touch and use. Left: Etched porcelain teabowl, 5½ in. (14 cm) in diameter, cone 6 porcelain, shellac-resist technique, terra sigillata, glaze, 2012…. Read More »
Morling’s life-sized tools and nostalgic objects create activity and movement through her handling of clay and the drawn lines on the surface of the forms. Details are rendered with quirky expressive lines, animating the objects and making it easy to see or invent their stories. They are slightly surreal and extremely captivating. Left: Plenty,… Read More »