October 22-24, 2010

San Diego, California
Hosted by
Clay Artists of San Diego

Take on the porcelain challenge
Porcelain II features four highly talented porcelain artists ready to help you conquer this beautiful yet challenging ceramic material. They’ll share their tips, techniques and experiences so you’ll be able to move to the next level. Here’s an opportunity to learn from the experts in this extremely rewarding medium.

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Please call 800-424-8698 to be placed on the wait list.

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Erin Furimsky, Kristen Kieffer, Jennifer McCurdy & Lorna Meaden


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Schedule of Events | Presenters | Host & Sponsors
Hotel and Venue Information
Travel & Directions | Visitor Information
Registration Information

What you’ll learn . . .

  • Decorating techniques from stamp making and stamping to slip trailing and resists.
  • Techniques for altering and darting wheel-thrown forms both on and off the wheel.
  • Creating pots with a generous sense of volume and fluidity.
  • Tips for inlaying slips for a surface treatment.
  • Making a porcelain watering can step-by-step.
  • A technique for dry throwing porcelain.
  • Hand carving leather-hard forms.
  • And much more!


Schedule of Events
Friday, October 22 Events located at Holiday Inn Express Hotel
Time Event Location
6 – 8 pm Registration and Opening Reception Holiday Inn Express – Old Town
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:30- 9am Registration Holiday Inn Express – Old Town
9-12pm Lorna Meaden Rm: tbd
Erin Furimsky Rm: tbd
12-2 pm Lunch (provided) Extra Hour at Lunch to Explore Old Town
2 – 5 pm Kristen Kieffer
Rm: tbd
Jennifer McCurdy Rm: tbd
Sunday, October 24, 2010
8:30 – 9 am Registration Holiday Inn Express – Old Town
9 am – 12 pm Kristen Kieffer
Rm: tbd
Jennifer McCurdy Rm: tbd
12-1 pm Lunch (provided) Rm: tbd

12:45 – 1 pm Pottery Exchange (optional) Rm: tbd
1 – 4 pm Lorna Meaden Rm: tbd
Erin Furimsky Rm: tbd
Saturday and Sunday Presenter Demonstrations
The schedule is set-up so that attendees can will see each presenter over the two day event. Attendees will pick up their schedule on Friday night and/or Saturday morning registration.



Form and Surface Embellishment
The hand-building portion of the demonstration will focus on using paper patterns and bisque molds in conjunction with porcelain slabs. The resulting forms are small-scale volumetric sculptures. While building I will discuss the crucial visual components of good form (ie. scale, volume, line and contour, symmetry, proportion, etc…).

This demonstration will also present a multitude of techniques focusing on surface development. Participants will acquire a greater understanding of idea expression through surface embellishment, by incorporating texture, pattern, image, text, and color. Concentration will be on developing layered surfaces by working the clay at various stages, with an introduction to some unique techniques. I will demonstrate shellac water etching, slip trailing, stencils, sgrafitto, image transfer, under-glaze and glaze layering. Participants will leave the workshop with a myriad of new techniques and ideas to explore, and the tools to develop a new, or expanded, version of one’s personal clay vocabulary.

Additional Information
Erin Furimsky is currently a practicing studio ceramic artist in NormalBloomington, Illinois. She is adjunct faculty at Heartland Community College and Illinois State University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received a BFA from the Pennnsylvania State University and a MFA from The Ohio State University. Erin had the honor of being an Artist In Residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and The Archie Bray Foundation. Her work has been published in numerous books focusing on glaze and surfaces. She has participated in many noted national and international group shows, including the NCECA Clay National and SOFA Chicago. The NCECA organization also included her in the exhibition held at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan and has recognized her as being a 2006 Emerging Artist. Erin has had the privilege of being inis SOFA Chicago represented by the Dubhe Carreño Gallery in Chicago, Illinois and Plinth Gallery in Denver, Colorado.


For more information about Erin, visit: http://www.erinfurimsky.com/


Snazzy & Suede: Decoration and Timing in Porcelain

Kristen will share an array of decoration techniques from stamp-making and stamping to slip-trailing and resists. She will also demonstrate altering and darting wheel-thrown forms a little and a lot. These techniques could be functional or sculptural, minimal or extravagant. You will leave the workshop with a collection of new skills and a better understanding of timing and the stages of clay.

Additional Information
Kristen is a full-time studio artist and Workshop Instructor in Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University and MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. Her professional experience includes being an Artist-in-Residence with studio potter John Glick in Farmington Hills, MI, as well as at Guldagergård in Skælskør, Denmark, the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA. Kristen has exhibited her work internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as taught workshops around North America at craft centers and universities. She has work in numerous private and public collections including the Taipei County Yingee Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, the Guldagergård Museum of International Ceramic Art in Skælskør, Denmark, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN.

For more information about Kristen, visit: www.KiefferCeramics.com


Throwing and Carving Porcelain
Jennifer will demonstrate the technique of “dry-throwing” porcelain and show the structural considerations as she alters the forms after throwing. Then she will demonstrate hand carving forms in the “leather-hard” stage. She will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity” in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages from wet to dry through vitrification. The porcelain she uses is Miller#550 by Laguna clay. She fires to cone 10, oxidation.

Additional Information
Jennifer received a BFA from Michigan State University in 1979 and then learned how to formulate and throw porcelain at Florida Atlantic University under John McCoy in 1980. She has been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last thirty years.

She maintains a studio in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Her focus on the reflective and bone-like quality of the bare porcelain has led her to explore the light and shadow of the clay forms, resulting in a unique melding of line and structure. She is looking forward to sharing some of the tricks she has learned along the way – tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain.


For more information about Jennifer, visit: http://jennifermccurdy.com/

This presentation will address ways to create pots that have a generous sense of volume and fluidity of line, with wheel-thrown and altered porcelain. Lorna’s vocabulary of forms ranges from pots for daily use to atypical forms such as watering cans and punch bowls. Demonstrations will include altering pots on and off the wheel, in addition to slip inlay surface treatment. This demonstration will walk attendees through all the steps- from throwing to decorating- of making a watering can.



Additional Information
Lorna Meaden grew up in the western suburb of Chicago, La Grange. After receiving a B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1994, she established a studio in Durango, Colorado where she worked as a studio potter for the next eight years. She received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University in June of 2005. She has recently been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. She was featured as a demonstrator and lecturer at the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts, as well as Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object. Her work is represented my several national galleries. She is currently a studio potter in Durango, Colorado

For more information about Lorna visit: http://lornameaden.com/


Ceramic Artist – Lorna Meaden was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter.
Watch the videos on:
Wheel Throwing Video – Fitting Form: How to Alter Wheel Thrown Pottery Using Darts

Even the Pros Mess Up Spouts! Potter Lorna Meaden Demonstrates “A Great Way to Fix a Spout You Ruined”

Ceramic Artist – Lorna Meaden was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter.
Read the articles:
More is More: Lorna Meaden

A Very, Very Fine Line: Drawing on Pottery with Inlaid Slip


Host & Sponsors

Clay Artists of San Diego
P.O. Box 22524
San Diego, CA 92192
e-mail: info@clayartistsofsandiego.org

Email: info@clayartistsofsandiego.org
Website: www.clayartistsofsandiego.com

Clay Artists of San Diego (CASD, Inc.) began as a group called the Ceramic Artists of San Diego, which was organized in 1980. In 1985 it became a corporation. In 2006, we became a new corporation called CASD, Inc. and are a non-profit in the State of California. We publish an informative newsletter, subscribed to by more than 150 professional clay artists, potters, and students from throughout San Diego County and beyond. Our purposes are to promote and enhance the view of the fine ceramic arts and artists to the general public through educational classes and workshops. As a group, we share mutual ideas, attend exhibits, galleries, studios and factories. We also host fun social activities that are related to clay including a desert pit firing, raku parties, and the every-other-year Mudfest.

Aardvark Clay & Supplies – Sponsor

Aardvark Clay & Supplies
1400 E. Pomona Street
Santa Ana, California 92705
(714) 541-4157

Aardvark Clay & Supplies
6230 Greyhound Lane, Suite E
Las Vegas, Nevada 89122
(702) 451-9898

Email: contact@aardvarkclay.com

Website: www.aardvarkclay.com

offer a complete line of ceramic materials, equipment and supplies,
including clays, slips, glazes, underglazes, frits, stains, chemicals,
kilns, refractories, tools, books, videos, and doll making supplies. Go here for Coleman Clay.


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

Website: www.amaco.com

Laguna Clay Company – Sponsor

Laguna Clay Company/Ohio
61020 Leyshon Drive
Byesville, OH 43723
(800) 762-4354

Laguna Clay Company/California
14400 Lomitas Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
(800) 4-LAGUNA or (800) 452-4862

email: info@lagunaclay.com

Your local distributor

Laguna Clay Company-your source for Pacifica Wheels,
Bellar Vertical Slabroller, Laguna Spray booths,
Lockerbie Kick Wheels, Laguna
Ware Carts, Thorley Kiln Shelves and custom refractories: all manufactured in
the United States, providing jobs for American families. Laguna’s comprehensive offering of raw materials,
tools, doll porcelains, plaster and mold making products, de-aired clay, glaze, custom blend services,
instructional books and videos, and technical support provide you with the
supplies, expertise and support to grow your ceramic talent into a thriving

Click to read about
cone 10 WC-631
or cone 5 WC-617

Mayco – Sponsor

4077 Weaver Court South
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 675-2018

Website: www.maycocolors.com

Mayco Colors’ stoneware glazes fire from cone 6 to cone 10 and are now available in premixed and dry mix packaging (5 lb and 25 lb bags). Please visit our website catalog to view color chips and get products details on all our glazes, clay tools and stamps


Hotel & Venue Information

Note: The conference will be held at the Hotel.

Holiday Inn Express
3900 Old Town Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
(866) 208-3280
(619) 358-8253

Direct Link for Reservation: Make Your Reservation Online

$99 per night for Single or Double, Rate includes complimentary deluxe continental Breakfast (with some hot items); Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service (based on availability); Complimentary Hi-Speed and Wireless Internet; In-Room Microwave/Refrigerator.

Underground parking is available, currently at a rate of $12 per vehicle, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice. (Note you can park for free on the street. Street parking is limited.)

Ask for Potters Council meeting block to get preferred rates. Room block will be held until September 22, 2010.

Note: The Conference is held at the Holiday Inn Express.

One Of The Best-Located Old Town San Diego CA Hotels
Enjoy a central location at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Old Town. Located directly off Route 5 — just 10 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of delightful shops, restaurants and attractions — this Holiday Inn San Diego CA hotel puts you exactly where you want to be. Whether you’re vacationing with family or friends, or traveling on business, discover all the advantages of our first-rate hotel. When it comes to comfort and convenience, this San Diego CA Holiday Inn hotel delivers, in an ideal location: One Of The Best-Located Old Town San Diego CA Hotels

* Tucked amid the history and charm of Old Town San Diego, California
* Four blocks from the San Diego Trolley, providing easy access to Old Town attractions
* Four miles from Balboa Park, home of the world-famous San Diego Zoo
* Minutes from beautiful Mission Beach and Belmont Park
* Only five miles from downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter
* Directly off Route 5, just 10 minutes from San Diego Airport (SAN)


Travel & Directions

San Diego Airport (SAN)

Ground Transportation from Airport:
Go here for information about ground transportation from the San Diego Airport.

Car Rental from Airport:
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Driving Directions from Airport to Hotel
Travel Is Easy From Our Old Town San Diego CA Holiday Inn Express

From San Diego International Airport: Take Harbor Drive North. Turn left on Grape, then left onto ramp of Highway 5. Take Old Town Avenue exit – turn right onto Old Town Avenue. Make another left onto Jefferson Street. Hotel is on the right.

From I-5, North or South: Take Old Town Avenue exit. Turn East and make a left onto Jefferson Street. Hotel is on the right.


Visitor Information
There is much to see in do around San Diego, California This is a great opportunity to bring your family or friends and extend your visit.

Year-Round Excitement On The San Diego Old Town Event Calendar
Enjoy the exciting festivals, colorful celebrations, and other fun-filled activities on the Old Town event calendar. From horse racing and football to gourmet cuisine and cultural attractions, the choices are outstanding. Attend a breathtaking military air show. Dine on world-class shrimp and seafood. Celebrate San Diego’s bold Latin heritage. Or just look for hand-crafted treasures at the Old Town Saturday Artisan Market. Liven up your next visit, and consult the Old Town San Diego CA event calendar for upcoming activities, including:

Go here to see a listing of events.

A World Of Delicious Dining Near Our Holiday Inn In San Diego, California
Whether you say “Olé” or “Delicioso,” the restaurants near our Holiday Inn Express in San Diego speak your language. Discover authentic Mexican cafes with homemade tortillas and tantalizing salsas – right down the street from classic Italian eateries or Continental fare. Whether you´re in the mood for a formal dinner or a casual late night snack, you´ll find plenty of options within a short distance of our hotel in the San Diego area. A World Of Delicious Dining Near Our Holiday Inn In San Diego, California

Go here to see a listing of restaurants.

Local Attractions
Enjoy the festive atmosphere of historic Old Town, just steps from the comfort of the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Old Town. Let the Old Town Trolley take you back in time. Savor a fresh tortilla from a nearby Mexican restaurant. Or wave to Shamu at Sea World Adventure Park. Our Holiday Inn Express Old Town hotel is close to one-of-a-kind shopping, fabulous food, and renowned landmarks. And after a busy day, sink into the comfortable bed that’s waiting for you at our Old Town San Diego hotel. For excitement, history, and value, this convenient Holiday Inn Express is ideally located near thrilling San Diego attractions, including: Among the Most Popular San Diego Old Town Hotels – Near Colorful Sights and Attractions

  • Heritage Park – An eight-acre county park filled with restored Victorian homes. (0.5 mi.)
  • Old Town State Historic Park – Recreates life in the 1820s, with an old school house, blacksmith shop, and original adobe buildings. (0.5 mi.)
  • Plaza Del Pasado – Quaint shops and colorful restaurants sit in a historic setting. (0.5 mi.)
  • Whaley House – Some say it’s America’s most haunted establishment. (0.5 mi.)
  • For everything from artisan jewelry to hand-crafted home décor. (0.8 mi.)
  • Presidio Park – Site of the Serra Museum and original mission church. (1.1 mi.)
  • Sea World Adventure Park – A favorite destination featuring sensational exhibits and animal shows, including Shamu. (3.5 mi.)
  • Gaslamp Quarter – Historic Downtown San Diego – Noted for its specialty shops, restaurants, galleries, and night clubs (3.6 mi.)
  • USS Midway – A fantastic experience for young and old alike aboard an actual Navy aircraft carrier. (3.6 mi.)
  • Seaport Village – Cobblestone streets are lined with unique shops and eateries on the waterfront
  • Petco Park – Home of the San Diego Padres baseball team. (4 mi.)
  • San Diego Convention Center – Home to trade shows, exhibits, and conferences. (4.0 mi.)
  • Belmont Park – The only Oceanside amusement park in Southern California. (4.5 mi.)
  • Mission Beach – Boasting a picturesque oceanfront walk and shaved-ice vendors. (4.5 mi.)
  • Balboa Park – Home to 85 cultural and recreational facilities, including the San Diego Zoo, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Aerospace Museum, and the Museum of Art. (5.0 mi.)
  • Qualcomm Stadium – Home of the San Diego Chargers. (8.0 mi.)
  • Birch Aquarium – An underwater adventure land. (10.0 mi.)
  • Tijuana, Mexico – Offering an exciting South of the Border experience. (25.0 mi.)

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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.

Please call 800-424-8698 to be placed on the wait list.


On or Before
October 3, 2010
October 4, 2010
Potters Council Member $295.00 $345.00
Non-Member $340.00
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 September 22, 2010; 50% refund if canceled between September 23 and October 22, 2010; no refunds after the start of the conference