FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS + BEYOND
September 23-25, 2011
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hosted by AMACO/brent

Mark Your Calendar and Register Today!

SPACE IS LIMITED


   

Featured Artists:

Jason Burnett, Tom Lucas, Brooke Noble, Nan Rothwell, McKenzie Smith
and
AMACO® Technical and Professional Ceramic Artist staff.

 

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Presenter Handout

Functional is Beautiful
Making functional pots is challenging, inspiring and satisfying. Where else can you enjoy something from the moment you start to make it, and each time you use it? Whether you’re serving cool drinks from a pitcher, soup in a bowl or fruit on a platter, functional pieces complement your food and reveal your sense of style. Each of our presenters have developed their own functional style–some steeped in tradition and others going a step beyond. No matter how simple or utilitarian, this conference takes you past the every day function of a piece by paying tribute to the elegant union between surface and form.

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Schedule of Events | Presenters | Host & Sponsors
Hotel and Venue Information
Hands-On Opportunities

Travel & Directions | Visitor Information
Registration Information


What will you learn?

  • Learn how images can be transferred onto function forms using printmaking techniques such as lithography, screenprinting and relief.
  • Discover how to highlight the printed images on clay with transparent glazes and wax-resist.
  • Methods of creating forms that will be discussed are: simple wheel throwing, wet handbuilding on the wheel head, soft-slab construction, slip casting, and coil-building/pinching technique used to create texture
  • Learn how to embellish the surface with these techniques: mishima, sgraffito, thermofax “screen-printing”, shellac resist, slip trailing, plaster image transfer, the use of text and font, using templates for slip application, as well as some glazing tips.
  • Starting from wheel thrown components, learn multiple ways to alter their shapes and add texture with the following techniques: faceting with a wiggle wire while the wheel is stationary and moving, creating square and oval forms, and stretching the surface to create a parched-earth texture.
  • How to work larger on the wheel, including how to center larger amounts of clay in stages, and how to grow a pot by adding then throwing successive rings of clay.
  • Explore a variety of wheel thrown functional ware including altered pots.
  • Develop techniques on how to use slips, wax and glaze that turn functional work into decorative art.
  • Learn decorative techniques involving slip transfer, layering, and stenciling.
  • And so much more…

Schedule of Events
Friday, September 23, 2011 Events located at AMACO/brent
Time Event Location
6 – 8 pm Registration, Gallery Opening and Reception AMACO Gallery
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:30- 9 am Registration AMACO Gallery
9 am- 12 pm Nan Rothwell
Rm: Upstairs A
McKenzie Smith Rm: Upstairs B
AMACO® Technical and Professional Ceramic Artist Staff Rm: Downstairs Lunch
12 – 1pm Lunch (provided)
1 – 4 pm Tom Lucas
Rm: Upstairs A
Brooke Noble
Rm: Upstairs B
Jason Burnett
Rm: Downstairs Lunch
4:15 pm Tour of AMACO/Brent Meet in AMACO Gallery
Sunday, September 25, 2011
8:30 – 9 am Registration AMACO Gallery
9 am – 12 pm Tom Lucas Rm:Upstairs A
Brooke Noble
Rm:Upstairs B
Jason Burnett
Rm: Downstairs Lunch
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 – 1 pm Pottery Exchange (optional) AMACO Gallery
1 – 4 pm Nan Rothwell
Rm:Upstairs A
McKenzie Smith
Rm: Upstairs B
AMACO® Technical and Professional Ceramic Artist Staff Rm:Downstairs Lunch

Saturday and Sunday Presenter Demonstrations
The schedule is set-up so that attendees can pick and choose which classes to attend over the two day event. Attendees will sign-up during Friday and/or Saturday morning registration. Attendees will be asked to choose one presenter for AM and PM for Saturday and Sunday. Each attendee will see four of the six presenters.

Sunday Pottery Exchange
What a great way to end two days of sharing and learning by participating in a pottery exchange. Be sure to bring one piece of your personal work (no large pieces) to be exchanged with a fellow artist. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the conference. Please bring your piece on Saturday. This is an optional event.

Potters Council member Gary Moffatt from Elmer, Louisiana attended the May 2011 Conference, Inspired Ceramic Surfaces wrote about his experience at the event with a focus on the pottery exchange. Gary also speaks about the value of stepping outside of your comfort zone, and the thrill of returning to your studio to try out new and old techniques.


Read the excerpt from July 2011 Potters’ Pages

Presenters

JASON BURNETT
Slippery and Sticky When Wet: Slip Transfer Techniques
Working primarily with low fire green-ware, Jason will demonstrate his surface techniques using commercial stained slips and newsprint paper. He’ll introduce screen printing slips and how to transfer multicolored patterns, illustrations, and so much more. Participants will gain an understanding of these simple elementary, yet complex, methods involving stamp making, slip-trailing, and stencils. Plus, attendees will learn how to engage their utilitarian forms by carrying on a dialogue with their work and the surface technique.

Although Jason works with a low fire clay body these techniques are open for cone 6 to cone 10 with modifications of recipes and materials. He’ll demonstrate how these slip transfer techniques can be applied to thrown objects and applied to soft slabs to create objects.

Hands On:
Attendees will have the opportunity to try out the decorative techniques involving slip transfer, layering, and stenciling on earthenware tiles.

Details of Techniques: Jason’s screenprinting process involves mesh screens that have been exposed through a photosensitive process creating a stencil to allow slip to be printed through. The slips are printed onto newsprint paper and can be stored away flat and used later for decorating clay objects. Slip transfer techniques will be demoed onto wheel-thrown objects such as cups. Plus how to decorate a slab and then drape mold it to create a bowl or platter.

Surface Treatments: Include the following: Stamping: Rubberstamps, sponge stamps, lead type; Textures and marks pressed into slip; Slip layering and textures; Newsprint stenciling, resist and transferring; Defining edges and shapes with xacto knives and carving tools; How to pre-plan for glazing, staining and additional surfaces.

What will attendees be learning?: Slip recipe and modifications; Layering slips and creating textures: newsprint introduced as a slip application and resist; Creating monoprints with slip and newsprint: stamps, brushing and slip-trailing; Screenprinting slips: written material and literature on how to gather materials and supplies, set up a make shift exposure unit, how to prepare a screen and imagery, and resources for any additional information; Establishing a dialogue between viewer and work.

Additional Information:
Jason Bige Burnett is currently a practicing studio ceramic artist in Fletcher, North Carolina and teaches workshops at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he received B.A.’s in printmaking and graphic design and BFA in ceramics at Western Kentucky University. Jason then had the honor of becoming a Penland School of Crafts Core Fellowship Student for two years. Jason’s work has been exhibited nationally in juried exhibits and published in numerous publications.

 

For more information about Jason visit: JasonBigeBurnett.com

Ceramic Artist – Jason Burnett was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter.
Click the link to read: Slip and Stick: How to Use Stained Slips and Newsprint to Make Monoprints on Pottery

 


TOM LUCAS
The Printer and The Potter
Tom will demonstrate a true printmaking approach to surface decoration on clay with a focus on how images can be transferred onto functional forms. Using printmaking techniques such as lithography, screenprinting and relief, he will discuss the unique ways to get everything from text, drawing and photographic images onto to the clay surface.

Highlighting the printed images on clay with transparent glazes and wax-resist will bring together the best of what the print shop has to offer to the clay studio. There will be a discussion about the pros and cons with printmaking techniques on green ware as apposed to bisque. Clay bodies with a low grog composition work the best to transfer images so a range of clay bodies can be used. Many of the modified underglazes work to cone 10. These processes work with a basic modification of Amaco underglazes, engobes and glaze from both dry and wet states.  In order for them to possess the qualities of printing “ink”, Tom will discuss the variations between oil-based and water-based mediums used in making the inks for pulling prints onto clay.   

Hands On:
Conference attendees will get the opportunity to print images onto clay tiles utilizing some of the demonstrated printmaking approaches.

Additional Information:
Tom is an artist, educator and master printer who in addition, has been working with clay for the last 15 years.  His work incorporates materials and imagery that reflect his memories and experiences. The goal is to communicate the past the present and the future in his work simultaneously.

He is the Director of the Printmaking Department at the Lillstreet Art Center and founder and master printer for Hummingbird Press L.A.C. also housed at Lillstreet in Chicago.  Tom has taught classes and workshops at Penland School of Crafts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, and SkopArt in Skopelos, Greece.   

 

   


For more information about Tom visit: thomaslucasart.com and hummingbirdpresslac.blogspot.com.

 


BROOKE NOBLE
Pictorial Porcelain: Enhancing the Surface with Pattern, Design, and Personal Narrative
Brooke’s demonstration will include various ways in which to make forms as well as an array of ways to excite the surface with several decorative techniques being shown and exercised by those who attend. Participants will gain a new vocabulary of skills and technique and take home ideas on how to develop and expand on their own personal style.

The presentation of methods will focus on enhancing the ceramic surface through a variety of techniques. Participants will learn how to add interest and voice to the surface of functional pots and other porcelain forms. Methods of creating forms will be discussed and shown are: simple wheel throwing, wet hand-building on the wheel head, soft-slab construction, slip-casting, and a coil-building/pinching technique used to create texture. By employing various ways of making, Brooke will create forms with which to embellish the surface, and practice several decoration techniques. These techniques include: mishima, sgraffito, thermofax “screen-printing”, shellac resist, slip trailing, plaster image transfer, the use of text and font, using templates for slip application, as well as some glazing tips. Conversation about design choices, composition, and the inclusion of narrative as a vehicle for personal messages will be encouraged.

Hands On:
Participants will practice some of the demonstrated techniques by decorating blank porcelain tiles using carving tools, colored slips and underglazes, type-font, and screened imagery. 


Additional Information:
Brooke Noble (b. 1979) received her B.F.A. from Syracuse University and attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois for her M.F.A. Between degrees, she was a resident artist at three studio art centers: Vermont Clay Studio, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, (CO.) and Bluseed Studios of Saranac Lake, NY. Ceramics has taken Noble to many destinations both nationally and internationally in an exchange to both learn and teach ceramic techniques. Highlights for her include kiln-building at Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica and Studying Abroad in Oaxaca State, Mexico during Graduate School. Brooke’s work has been exhibited in numerous reputable galleries nationwide and has been published in books and periodicals. She has been an active volunteer for the NCECA organization and has received artists’ grants and awards for her research in the clay medium. In addition, she enjoys teaching classes and workshops to both adults and children in the Adirondack communities of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, NY as well as traveling nationally to Art Centers and Academic Institutions to share in her experience.

 


 

Ceramic Artist – Brooke Noble was featured in Ceramics Monthly.
Click the link to read: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor


DON REITZ
Change of Presenter and Schedule
Don Reitz will be unable to present or attend the Functional Ceramics + Beyond Conference for health reasons. Don sends his regrets and we wish him a speedy recovery.


 


NAN ROTHWELL
Playing with Thrown Forms; Stretching Your Comfort Zone

Starting with wheel-thrown components, Nan will demonstrate multiple ways to alter their shapes and add texture.  Techniques will include faceting with a wiggle wire while the wheel is stationary and moving, creating square and oval forms, and stretching a surface that has been dried with cornstarch to create a parched-earth texture. 

Nan will show you a number of ways to step outside your comfort zone and work larger, including how to center larger amounts of clay in stages, and how to grow a pot by adding then throwing successive rings of clay. You will come away from the demo with an expanded sense of what is possible on the wheel, in shapes, textures and sizes.  

Additional Information:
Nan has been potting since 1969, working in salt glaze and cone ten reduction firing. Her pots are made to be used — to enhance the rituals of preparing and eating food, to hold flowers, to light a corner for reading. Making functional work connects her to the age-old powerful tradition of artist craftsmen who make beautiful objects for daily use. After all these years, Nan enjoys every aspect of making pottery, especially throwing and firing. The alchemy of transforming soft clay into finished pots continues to excite and inspire her. 

After initial training in England and Ireland, Nan now works in rural Virginia. Instead of the multiple repetition of her early production, she now works in short series of related but not identical pots. In the past several years, Nan has expanded beyond small domestic ware to include larger forms. Coming to this fairly late in her potting career has meant having to learn techniques that compensate for the physical effects of aging – working in stages, using softer clay, & etc.

Nan looks forward to sharing some of those tricks and techniques at the conference. She had wonderful, generous teachers as a young potter, and welcomes the opportunity to pass the favor on. Her love of teaching is hardly altruistic — Nan finds it valuable, as it forces her to examine processes and visual decisions. Having to explain keeps her questioning why she does things a certain way. Nan tries new techniques and forms as she respond to her students’ queries. Teaching is an exhilarating exchange – one that challenges her set ways of doing things.  As someone who has made pots in relative rural isolation for many years, Nan is especially grateful for the chance to get out of her driveway and present at conferences and workshops – always sources of new energy and ideas.  

 

 

   

For more information about Nan visit: www.NanRothwellPottery.com

 

Ceramic Artist – Nan Rothwell was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter.
Click the link to watch:
How to Throw a Berry Bowl with a Textured Saucer on the Pottery Wheel.

Ceramic Artist – Nan Rothwell was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter.
Click the link to watch: Bonus Monday Pottery Video: Five Ways to Use Your Credit Card in the Pottery Studio.


MCKENZIE SMITH
Clay, Form, Slip, Glaze
For this demonstration McKenzie will focus on the making of wheel thrown functional ware exploring a variety of forms including thrown and altered pots. He will demonstrate a number of decorating techniques including the use of slips, wax and glaze.


Additional Information:
McKenzie Smith is a potter working in Florida. McKenzie worked as a Core Student at the Penland School of Crafts. He received his BFA from the University of South Florida and his MFA from the University of Florida. Residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation, Banff Center For The Arts, Baltimore Clayworks, and the University of Miami. Smith has exhibited widely and taught numerous workshops.

The pottery McKenzie produces is made in stoneware clay and he is influenced by folk traditions. His aim is to make functional pots that are lively and show the natural beauty of clay and fire. McKenzie is drawn to wood, salt/soda firing because of the rich effects these firings techniques have on his clay, slips and the glazes. The element of chance is very much a part of these atmospheric firing techniques and brings to play a deep connection between tending the fire and the work within. McKenzie is hoping that these elements in combination produce ware that has a warm essence and gives pleasure in use.

 

For more information about McKenzie visit: mckenziepottery.com


AMACO® Technical and Professional Ceramic Artist Staff

 

For more information about AMACO visit: www.amaco.com

 

Hands-On Opportunities

 

TOM LUCAS
The Printer and The Potter
   

Hands On:
Conference attendees will get the opportunity to print images onto clay tiles utilizing some of the demonstrated printmaking approaches.

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BROOKE NOBLE
Pictorial Porcelain: Enhancing the Surface with Pattern, Design, and Personal Narrative

Hands On:
Participants will practice some of the demonstrated techniques by decorating blank porcelain tiles using carving tools, colored slips and underglazes, type-font, and screened imagery. 

 

JASON BURNETT
Slippery and Sticky When Wet: Slip Transfer Techniques

Hands On:
Attendees
will have the opportunity to try out the decorative techniques
involving slip transfer, layering, and stenciling on earthenware tiles.

 

Host & Venue Information

AMACO/brent – Host and Facility

AMACO/brent
6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254-122
(800) 374-1600
(317) 244-6871

Website: www.amaco.com

AMACO/brent® is the leader in safe formulation of glazes and clays worldwide
with quality ceramic products and equipment since 1919. Brent Potters wheels are
built for life, while AMACO® kilns can last 30 years. You’ll see how clays,
glazes, wheels and kilns are made!

Family owned and operated, AMACO also makes
enduring sculpting, modeling and casting compounds for the classroom and studio, as
well as, Brent warecarts, slabrollers, and hand extruders. You will spend time
in the AMACO/brent Contemporary Clay Gallery where you will view the presenters’
artwork and also see the Historical AMACO Art Deco Pottery Collection.

AMACO was the first maker of lead free glazes starting in the 50’s with almost 600 lead free colors including AMACO Velvet Underglazes and Potter’s Choice Cone 5-6 glazes.

http://www.amaco.com/about-amaco/

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Hotel Information

HILTON GARDEN INN INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST
6930 Intech Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Phone: (317) 288-6060
Web: www.indianapolisnorthwest.hgi.com

$89 per night for Standard King or Double Queen. A discount coupon for 50% off your breakfast in the Great American Grill will be provided upon your arrival. *Rates are subject to a 17% tax currently. Tax rates are subject to change.

NOTE: The hotel does NOT provide transportation to and from airport and to and from the conference site.

The well appointed guest rooms feature one king or two queen beds with a spacious work desk, complimentary hi-speed internet access, two telephones with dataport/voicemail, 32″ Flat screen Television. Hospitality Center with coffee maker, microwave and mini-fridge, hair dryer, iron and board are also standard amenities, ergonomic MIRRA chair by Herman Miller.

Ask for Potters Council meeting block to get preferred rates. Room block will be held until Thursday, September 1, 2011.

 

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Travel & Directions

Airport:
Indianapolis International Airport
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Website: http://www.indianapolisairport.com/

Distance between Airport and AMACO is about a 19 mile drive.

Ground Transportation:

General Ground Transportation Information
Website: http://www.indianapolisairport.com/parking_transportation/

Car Rental from airport:

Website: http://www.indianapolisairport.com/parking_transportation/rentalCar.aspx

Taxi from airport:
http://www.indianapolisairport.com/parking_transportation/taxiService.aspx

 

Visitor Information

There is much to see in do around Indianapolis. This is a great opportunity to bring your family or friends and extend your visit.

For things to do in and around Indianapolis: http://visitindy.com/indianapolis/web/jsp/index.jsp?p=1

 

Registration

You are invited to register online  or by telephone.

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  • To register by telephone, call toll free at 800-424-8698 or international 818-487-2054.

     

  • Student Discounts (Valid Student ID) and Day Passes available. Call 800-424-8698 for more information.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED!


After
September 5, 2011
Potters Council Member $345.00
Non-Member $397.00
Registration fee includes the reception on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Make checks payable to Potters Council in U.S. Dollars, drawn on a U.S. Bank. Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $50 if canceled on or before August 23, 2011; 50% refund if canceled between August 24 and September 23, 2011; no refunds after the start of the conference.