May 18-20, 2012
Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by Potters Council


Too Many Surface Techniques? Never!
Immerse yourself in a weekend full of discovering surface techniques that start with building the form and continue right through to the firing process. If you’re in need of a creative jump start, then this is the conference for you. Spend three hours with each of the presenters, Andrew Gilliatt, Sarah Jaeger, Lisa Orr, and Mark Peters, learning about and understanding the surface techniques they use to make their extraordinary ceramic work. Leave this conference with techniques that you can adapt for your own work, and will have you excited to get back to the studio.



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Featured Presenters:
Andrew Gilliatt, Sarah Jaeger, Lisa Orr and Mark Peters




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Schedule of Events | Presenters | Host & Sponsors

Hotel Information | Venue Information
Travel & Directions | Visitor Information | Pre-Conference Excursion
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Attendees will learn how to…

  • Use colored slips, glazes and laser transfers.
  • Achieve different layers of color, texture and imagery.
  • Make simple, yet complex resist patterns for glazing.
  • Make your own stickers and stencils with a digital vinyl cutter.
  • Make your own laser-transfer decals using a computer, decal paper and a laser printer.
  • Alter and flute on the wheel thrown forms and how those alterations affect glaze decoration decisions.
  • Wax resist using oxides, washes, overglazes and commercial underglazes, and the various ways these same products are used to paint and trail.
  • Integrate form, surface and pattern-based approach to glaze decoration.
  • Create original low-relief designs that can be replicated in clay, and applied thrown and bisque-molded forms.
  • Achieve complex low fire color by layering engobes, slips and translucent alkaline glazes.
  • Make an assortment of stamps and how they can be used to produce textures on a variety of thrown pots.
  • Facet with a wiggle wire and how to create great texture with it on platters and bowls


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (back to top)
 Friday, May 18, 2012  
Time  Event  Location
 7-9 pm
 Registration and Opening Reception  Westerville Room and Common Area
   Presenter Exhibit  Capitol Room
   Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit  Westerville Room
 Saturday, May 19, 2012  
Time  Event  Location
 8:30-9 am  Registration  Westerville Room
   Presenter Exhibit  Capitol Room
   Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit  Westerville Room
 9-12 pm  Andrew Gilliatt  Worthington Room
   Sarah Jaeger
 Capitol Room
 12-1 pm  Lunch (provided)  Westerville Room and Common Area
   Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit  
 1-4 pm  Lisa Orr
 Worthington Room
   Mark Peters  Capitol Room
 Sunday, May 20, 2012  
 Time  Event   Location
 8:30-9 am  Registration  Westerville Room
   Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit  Westerville Room
9-12 pm Lisa Orr Worthington Room
  Mark Peters Capitol Room
12-1 pm Lunch (provided) Westerville Room and Common Area
12:45-1 pm Pottery Exchange (optional) Capitol Room
1-4 pm Andrew Gilliat Worthington Room
  Sarah Jaeger Capitol Room





PRESENTERS (back to top)



Layers of Color
Using colored slips, glazes, and laser transfers, Andrew will demonstrate how he achieves different layers of color, texture, and imagery in his functional wares. He will begin by showing how to make and use colored slips for both wheel-thrown and slip-cast forms. Then, using an assortment of stickers, tapes, and wax, Andrew will demonstrate how to make simple, yet complex resist patterns for glazing. He will also demonstrate how to make your own stickers and stencils for glazing and patterning using a small-scale, digital vinyl cutter. Finally, he will show how to easily make your own laser-transfer decals using a computer, decal paper, and a laser printer.


Additional Information

Andrew Gilliatt is currently a Resident Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. He earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech, an MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University, and has also held residencies at Red Star Studios and the Archie Bray Foundation. His work is exhibited nationwide and has been featured in numerous publications.



For more information about Andrew, visit www.andrewgilliatt.com



Making the Everyday Special
Sarah’s presentation will address various ways to transform simple functional forms into utilitarian pots that lend a feeling of celebration to daily life. Someone once described her work as “folky-elegant” and that remains a perfect description of the quality of her work: pots that are friendly and easy to use but that also bring the user a sense of luxury and delight.


The wheel throwing demonstration will show some altering and fluting techniques that are ways to address surface and form simultaneously at the wheel, and Sarah will discuss how those alterations affect subsequent glaze decoration decisions.


Sarah will demonstrate a variety of glaze decoration techniques which are used to layer color, to achieve depth and richness of surface. These will include wax resist techniques using oxides, washes, overglazes and commercial underglazes, and the various ways she paints and trails these materials. Sarah works with porcelain and fires to cone 10, these techniques can be used with any clay body and firing temperature. She will also discuss some of the principles used to integrate form and surface and her pattern-based approach to glaze decoration.


Additional Information

Sarah Jaeger has been a studio potter in Helena, Montana since she completed her residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 1987.  She received a BA (in English literature) from Harvard  and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council in 1996 and Target Fellowship from United States Artists in 2006.  In 2007 she was one of the artists profiled in the PBS documentary Craft in America. She has taught at Pomona College, the New  York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has given workshops in the US and Canada.   Her work is in public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the University of Iowa and, most important, in many kitchens throughout the country.



For more information about Sarah, visit sarahjaeger.com


Layering Form, Color and Narrative
Lisa’s artworks for the table often refer to traditional porcelain or dinner whitewares, but with softer forms inspired by the playful and abundant qualities of Mexican earthenware. She invented her own production process after studying clay mold fragments in antiquated factories and museums. After forming pieces in molds, on the wheel, or both, she finishes with stamps, slips, sprigs and polychrome glazes. Though Lisa’s colors can evoke a happy garden, it is the strength of her form that sets her work apart: it feels muscular and strong while showing fluidity. In this way Lisa plays both ends of the spectrum, from the dynamic and substantive to the detailed and dreamy–full of surprise.


The attendees will be introduced to low relief texture sprigging, stamping and soft forming techniques. She will show how to create original low-relief designs that can be easily replicated in clay.  These will be applied to thrown and bisque-molded forms. Decoration can be whimsical or structured to create a narrative. Complex low-fire color richness is achieved by laying engobes, slips and translucent alkaline glazes. All will be revealed! The addition of nichrome wire for attaching smaller moving parts will be demonstrated. Lisa’s works are low-fired using the electric kiln. There will be much to see and glean from this detailed demonstration.



 For more information about Lisa, visit www.lisaorr.com


Stamping and Faceting
Mark will focus on two basic surface treatments, stamping and faceting. He will start by demonstrating how to make an assortment of stamps, and then show how they can be used to produce interesting textures on a variety of thrown pots including platters, lidded jars and bowls. Mark will also demonstrate faceting with “wiggle wires”. He will show how they can create great textures on platters and bowls. These techniques can be used in a variety of ways to make fun and dynamic pots for everyday use.



For more information about Mark, visit www.pinerootpottery.com





HOST & SPONSORS (back to top)



600 N. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 210
Westerville, OH 43082





6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254





Cornell Studio Supply – Sponsor
8290 North Dixie Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Mayco – Sponsor
4077 Weaver Court South
Hilliard, OH 43026




Pottery Texture Queen– Sponsor



The texture queen has had clay as a joy in her life since early childhood. The ability to play and explore the endless possibilities with this medium, furthers her  creative pleasure.


As the queen’s career developed, so did her joy of including texture in her work. She has been influenced by texture in everyday life. She especially draws inspiration from nature, textiles,  and architecture.  Finding beauty in the details, she has become quite passionate about texture, in fact, one could say she is a texture fanatic.

And now she has developed her own line of texture stamps for potters. These are large (7”X9”) unmounted  patterned rubber stamps. They work well on both slabs and thrown  work. Currently 24 different patterns are available


1701 Glenlake Avenue
Itasca, IL 60143






Socwell LLC
Whitewater, WI 53190
Custom clay stamps for surface decoration by professional artists.  We make each stamp to your needs with high quality images and deep crisp marks in clay.  Our wide range of stamp sizes and types work with stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and more.  Fast service allows you to have a custom stamp made for use in about 1 week.







 HOTEL INFORMATION (back to top)


Cambria Suites Columbus Polaris
9100 Lyra Drive

Columbus, OH 43240



$109 per night for a standard king suite. Ask for Potters Council meeting block to get preferred rates. Room block will be held until May 4, 2012.


The Cambria Suites Columbus Polaris is an upscale hotel located in the Polaris shopping district. The hotel offers the following:

  • Complimentary high-speed wired and wireless internet throughout the hotel (including guest rooms and meeting space.)
  • Two shuttles for complimentary use to/from airport and within a 5-mile radius, based on availability. The hotel kindly request 24 hour notice of airport pick-up. Please call 614.841.9100 to request the shuttle in advance.
  • Restaurant on-site/Room Service
  • 24-hour Barista Bar
  • 1500 Sq. Ft. Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool/Spa

Note: The hotel shuttle will provide transport for those without a car to/from the conference venue. Attendees must sign-up after arriving at hotel for the shuttle service.





Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris
9000 Worthington Road
Columbus, OH 43082


$112 per night. Provide Potters Council Group Code G1708 to receive special rate. Room block will be held until April 18, 2012

The Fairfield is located next to the conference location, Quest. They do provide coffee in the lobby, continental breakfast and a full service business center.





CONFERENCE VENUE (back to top)

Quest Business Conference Center

8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH 43240

Quest Business & Conference Centers is a premier state of the art meeting facility for banquets, trainings, symposiums, conventions, break out sessions, or special events, located in Columbus, Ohio





 TRAVEL & DIRECTIONS (back to top)



Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) – click here for website
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, Ohio 43219


Car Rental from Airport:
Columbus International Airport features eight on-site car rental agencies. With check-in counters on the ground floor of the parking garage, you won’t have to brave the elements to pick up your car.

Go here to make your selections.


Taxi Service from Airport:
You’ll find taxis available on demand (no reservation required) in the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. The electronic meter will be activated to compute your fare from Port Columbus International Airport.
Go here for more information on taxis.


Free Shuttle Service from Cambria Suites Hotel for Hotel guests:
Two shuttles for complimentary use to/from airport and within a 5-mile radius, based on availability. The hotel kindly request 24 hour notice of airport pick-up. Please call 614.841.9100 to request the shuttle in advance. Call 614-841-9100.







There is much to see and do around the Columbus, Ohio. This is a great opportunity to bring your family or friends and extend your visit.


Experience Columbus


Pre-Conference Ceramic Excursions for Potters Council Attendees | May 18, 2012
Are you arriving early on Friday? Columbus, Ohio is a clay town! Columbus is the home of The American Ceramic Society, Bareclay Studeio, Columbus College of Art and Design, Mayco Colors, The Ohio State University, and The Orton Foundation. Historic Zanesville is also in close proximity, a center for ceramic design in the deco era and beyond. Some of these great clay spots have opened their doors for an exciting day of pre-conference excursions. Please join us at the following locations at the designated times for tours, demos and free stuff.


Bareclay Studio, 12:30-1:30: Studio Stop, Throwing demos.
1469 Showcase Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43212


Mayco, 2PM-3PM: Plant tour with FREE product samples.
4077 Weaver Ct. S. Hilliard, Ohio 43026


Please contact Lisa Bare Culp (lbareclay@yahoo.com) if you are planning to attend these Open Facility Tours. This way we can have an idea on how many to expect. Please arrange for your own transportation, thank you!





 REGISTRATION (back to top)


You are invited to register online or by telephone.

  • To register online, click here on
  • To register by telephone, call toll free at 800-424-8698 or direct dial is 818-487-2054.
  • Student discounts (Valid Student ID) and Day Passes available, but they are limited. Call 800-424-8698 for more information and to register.


Mark Your Calendar and Register Today




    After May7, 2012
Potters Council Member   $345.00
Non Member   $397.00
Registration fee includes the reception of 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 April 17, 2012; 50% refund if canceled between April 18, 2012 and May 18, 2012; no refunds after the start of the conference.