February 7-9, 2014
Lexington, Kentucky
Presented by Potters Council
Hosted by Kentucky Mudworks


Featured Presenters:
Sarah Jaeger, Forrest Lesch-Middelton,
Kristin Pavelka, and Akira Satake



Extended the Deadline to Save $50 to
January 31, 2014


Unique Surfaces Revealed
Nothing in pottery shows off your creativity more than a beautiful surface—the glazes, the patterns, the textures—they all combine to showcase your imagination. Here you’ll get to watch some of the country’s most successful potters as they demonstrate  their unique styles to create truly unique surfaces. Sarah Jaeger’s loose organic brushwork, Kristin Pavelka’s layered sgraffito and slip decoration, Forrest Lesch-Middleton’s image transfers, and Akira Satake’s rich surfaces inspired by the natural world are sure to inspire you for years to come.



For more information and to register, click on a link below:


Schedule of Events | Presenters | Host & Sponsors

Hotel Information | Venue Information
Travel & Directions | Visitor Information
Registration Information | Other Events


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (back to top)
Friday, February 7, 2014

All events held at Kentucky Mudworks

825 National Avenue, Lexington, KY

Time Event Location
6-8 pm
Registration and Opening Reception Gallery
  Presenter Exhibit Gallery
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
Saturday, February 8, 2014  
Time Event Location
8:30-9 am Registration Gallery
  Presenter Exhibit Gallery
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
9-12 pm  Akira Satake Classroom A
   Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Classroom B
12-1 pm Lunch (provided) Store
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
1-4 pm  Sarah Jaeger
Classroom A
   Kristin Pavelka
Classroom B
Sunday, February 9, 2014  
Time Event Location
8:30-9 am Registration Gallery
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit (closes at 12:30)
9-12 pm  Sarah Jaeger
Classroom A
   Kristin Pavelka
Classroom B
12-1 pm Lunch (provided) Store
12:45-1 pm Pottery Exchange (optional) Classroom A Hallway
1-4 pm  Akira Satake Classroom A
   Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Classroom B

Saturday and Sunday Presenter Demonstrations
Potters Council is pleased to present two full days of demonstration and information exchange. The schedule is set-up so that attendees will see each presenter over the two day event. Attendees will pick up their schedule on Friday night and/or Saturday morning registration.


Make Connections
Not only will you leave this conference with information to use in your studio, but you will have made a connection with attendees from around the country and even the world. The opportunity to network with artists who speak the same language as you is immeasurable.


  • Friday Night Reception | Feb 7, 2014 | Reception, 6-8pm
    Our Friday night reception is a relaxed time for you to meet with the presenting artists and network with other attendees while enjoying a light snack. You’ll even have a chance to check out books and DVDs that are available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore, and purchase your favorites at a 20% discount.


  • Sponsor Exhibit | Feb 7-9, 2014
    Potters Council believes it is important to provide you opportunities to build relationships within the ceramic art community. The Sponsor exhibit gives you the chance to discuss products, ask questions and learn about new products. The exhibit will be open during the Friday Night Reception, Saturday and Sunday morning before classes begin and during lunch. The sponsor exhibit closes after lunch on Sunday.


  • Presenter Exhibit | Feb 7-9, 2014
    Kentucky Mudworks will present a ceramic exhibition featuring Sarah Jaeger, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Kristin Pavelka, and Akira Satake, . Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase works by the presenters.


  • Pottery Exchange | Sunday, Feb 9, 2014, 12:45pm
    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.







PRESENTERS (back to top)



Integrating Surface Decoration with the Form
Integrating surface decoration with ceramic forms will be the focus of Sarah’s presentation: exploring ways to to make functional pots, mostly highly decorated, whose surface and form are organically united like skin and bone.


Sarah will demonstrate a variety of glaze decoration techniques, all done over the glaze, 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 in porcelain and fires to cone 10, but these techniques can be used with any clay body at any firing temperature. Sarah will discuss how she thinks about integrating her pattern based surface decoration with the form to achieve that “skin and bones” unity.


The wheel throwing demonstration will show altering and fluting techniques that address simultaneously at the wheel, and Sarah will discuss how these formal elements will affect subsequent glaze decoration decisions.


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About the Artist

Sarah Jaeger has been a studio potter in Helena since she completed a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 1987.  Her attention to form and use of sumptuous glazes in her elegant utilitarian ware invite touch and use, integrating a sensual aesthetic experience into the everyday.  She received a BA (in English literature) from Harvard  and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.  In 1996 she was awarded  an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council. In December 2006 she had the distinction of being the only ceramist to be awarded a $50,000 unrestricted Target fellowship from United States Artists.  In May of 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 at many schools and art centers nationally.   Her work is in many public and private collections and, most important, in many kitchens throughout the country.



For more information about Sarah, visit sarahjaeger.com


Ceramic Artist – Sarah Jaeger was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter
Watch the Video: Glaze Trailing Beautiful Surface Designs


Volumetric Image Transfer (wheel throwing)
Using images that Forrest has created by silk-screening ceramic medium onto newsprint, he applies patterns to partially made wheel-thrown forms, finally finishing them by stretching the volume of the pot while it is still on the wheel with the pattern in place. Having developed this process to integrate multiple methods and mediums, Forrest stresses the surfaces and form of the final produce, as much as the means of its creation.

Forrest will demonstrate each step of this process from mixing the materials, to find the correct working consistency of the materials, to the silk-screening of the patterns, and finally the throwing process involved in creating both cylindrical and open forms. “It is my hope to provide as much information as possible so that students will not have to struggle with the same details of this process that vexed me for many years while developing this way of working.” So bring your notebooks, and a list of questions, there will be a lot to learn in a short period of time!






About the Artist

Forrest Lesch-Middelton lives and works as a studio potter and tile artist in Petaluma, CA. Former Ceramics Program Director at the Sonoma Community Center, Forrest has an extensive background as an arts educator, administrator, and studio potter. Forrest’s works marry historic pattern with functional forms by combining innovations in image transfer techniques with wheel thrown forms; a process he has dubbed “Volumetric Image Transfer”. Forrest’s pots have been featured on the on the cover of Ceramics Monthly magazine, and recently his architectural tile has won great acclaim, having been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest and Luxe Magazine. This year Ceramics Monthly Magazine, and Pottery Making Illustrated chose Forrest as “The Ceramic Artist of the year”.


Forrest teaches workshops on volumetric image transfer throughout the United States. In 1998 Forrest received a BFA from Alfred University, and in 2006 he received his MFA from Utah State University. Forrest is the vice president of the California Association of Clay and Glass Artists, and has been an Artist in Residence at Project Art in Massachusetts, the Mendocino Arts Center, and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in Maine.


For more information about Forrest, visit www.flmceramics.com


Ceramic Artist – Forrest Lesch-Middelton was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter
Read the Article: Volumetric Image Transfer: Using Newspaper and Screenprinted Slip to Make Gorgeous Patterned Surfaces



Building a Decorative Surface
Decorative decisions can be established while making the physical form of a pot. Using the form, additional decorative surfaces can be mapped out. Kristin will demonstrate how she uses pattern to influence the form of a pot, and how the pot dictates surface design. Attendees will learn how she builds up a surface using slip, sgrafitto, and layers of glazes. Throughout the demonstration, Kristin will talk about her forming methods for creating pots, inspiration for form and surface, the development of her decorative process and firing.


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About the Artist

Kristin grew up in Minnesota, studying ceramics at Carleton College, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and earning an MFA from Penn State. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and at the Goshowagara Woodfire Festival in Aomori, Japan. She received a Jerome Foundation grant and Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and has exhibited her work all over the country. She was the head of the ceramics program at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN until she left to become a full time studio potter and mother to two wonderfully energetic boys.



For more information about Kristin, visit www.pavelkapottery.com


Ceramic Artist – Kristin Pavelka was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter
Read the Article: Creating Subtle Layers with Sgraffito, Slip, and Multi-Toned Glazes



Finding the Beauty in Imperfection
Akira will demonstrate both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses in the making of his tea ceremony bowls, tea pots, and sculptural objects. Participants will learn to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Some techniques that will be demonstrated are: brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces; applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel thrown pieces and then altering them.


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About the Artist

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa,
North Carolina, where he has a wood-fired kiln and a gas kiln. In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

Recent awards, events and exhibitions: Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ: two week Anagama wood-firing workshop, 2013; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC: lecture — “The Tea Ceremony and its Influence on Japanese Ceramics,” 2013; SOFA NY, 2012; Illinois Wesleyan University: lecture and solo exhibition, 2012; Invited artist/lecturer and workshop for Israel pottery symposium, 2009; Philadelphia Museum Show: National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, 2007; Smithsonian Craft Show, 2008–2010; Philadelphia Museum Show, 2007–2012; Mint Museum Pottery Invitational, 2009–2013; Permanent collections • The Mint Museum & The Sparta Teapot Museum


For more information about Akira, visit www.akirasatake.com








HOST, SPONSORS and VENUE (back to top)



825 National Avenue
Lexington, Kentucky 40502



Kentucky Mudworks started in September of 2001 as a teaching studio and production pottery studio. Since then, we have expanded to offer multiple classes, workshops, and all the clay, tools, and supplies you need for your own studio! We are now the only full-service ceramic supplier in Kentucky. We not only sell pottery equipment, we also service used equipment from simple repairs to complete overhauls! Our selection of tools and clays are vast as well. We manufacture Dirty Girls Pottery Tools. We pride ourselves on our familiarity with the products we sell. We have tested every glaze we sell as the manufacturers recommend and beyond. We use the clays we sell on a daily basis for our classes as well as our own creative claywork. We welcome your questions!




6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254





Mayco – Sponsor
4077 Weaver Court South
Hilliard, OH 43026




Shimpo – Sponsor
1701 Glenlake Avenue
Itasca, IL 60143











Welcome to the Hilton Garden Inn LexingtonHilton Garden Inn – Lexington
1973 Plaudit Place

Lexington, KY 40509

Website: Hilton Garden Inn


$105 per night for Studio or Double, Rate includes , Complimentary Hi-Speed Internet Access.

Ask for Potters Council meeting block to get preferred rates and use room block code: POT. Room block will be held until January 23, 2014.


LobbyLocated in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass along I-75 at Exit 108, Hilton Garden Inn Lexington Hotel is your best bet for discovering the ample attractions of Lexington, Kentucky, including nearby Hamburg Pavilion.

Lexington is all about thoroughbred racing, and you’ve found one of the top Lexington hotels near Keenlend Race Track as well as the Kentucky Horse Park, Red Mile and the Thoroughbred Center. You should also visit Rupp Arena and the Waveland Museum. Read more…



Homewood_Suites Homewood Suites by Hilton – Lexington/Hamburg

2033 Bryant Road

Lexington, KY 40509

Website: Homewood Suites


Homewood_Suites1$119 per night for Studio or Double, Rate includes Daily Hot Breakfast, Complimentary Hi-Speed Internet Access; and Fully Equipped Kitchen.

Ask for Potters Council meeting block (group code PTT) to get preferred rates. Room block will be held until January 24, 2014.


The Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington-Hamburg is conveniently located south of I-64 interchange off I-75 in Hamburg Pavillion, one of Lexington’s premier retail, dining, and business developments. Situated in the heart of Kentucky horse country we are only minutes from Downtown Lexington and all of the areas major attractions including the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race Course, Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center.







TRAVEL & DIRECTIONS (back to top)



Blue Grass Airport (LEX) – click here for website
4000 Terminal Drive
Lexington, KY 40510


Ground Transportation:
Getting to and from Blue Grass Airport is simple and convenient! If you are in need of transportation, there are rental cars, taxicabs, limousines, shuttles and hotel courtesy vans at your disposal.

Go here to make your selections.


Driving Directions







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


View entertainment and attractions close to the hotel.

View shopping and dining locations close to the hotel.

View Lexington, Kentucky Visitor Information website.












REGISTRATION (back to top)


You are invited to register online or by telephone.

  • To register online, click here on REGISTER NOW.
  • 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

Extended the Deadline to Save $50 to January 31, 2014



  Before January 31, 2014 After January 31, 2014
Potters Council Member $315.00 $365.00
Non Member $367.00 $417.00

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 January 5, 2014; 50% refund if canceled between January 6, 2014 and February 6, 2014; no refunds after the start of the conference.

*Registration fee for Non members includes the reception of Friday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and it includes one full year of Potters Council membership.


To cancel you must call toll free at 800-424-8698 or direct dial is 818-487-2054.