Decorative Functional Ceramics
One-Day Workshop
August 2, 2014

Featured Presenters:
Julia Galloway and Sean O’Connell







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Better One, Better Two: Balancing Form & Surface

In this one-day workshop at AMACO/brent, Julia Galloway and Sean O’Connell will focus on making and decorating functional ceramics. Each will incorporate a variety of decorating-techniques, as well as cover their own explorations in the relationship between surface and form. Both presenters have strong mark-making with their ceramic surfaces, and each will explain the thought-process of how their compositions are made on clay. Join us for this very fun one-day workshop!


Seating is limited, sign-up today to reserve your place at Decorative Functional Ceramics. Please note: This is not a hands-on workshop.


This workshop will cover:

  • Throwing techniques
  • The relationship between surface and form
  • Slip trailing, inlay, and resist
  • Idea development during the creative process
  • The relationship between aesthetics and function
  • Compositional planning based on surface, form, and color
  • And more!



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In this three-hour demonstration, Julia will throw a large pitcher, complete a teapot and a vase, make different kinds of handles, and discuss what is “good form” when making pots. On these pots, Julia will work with different slip applications to explore the relationship between surface and form.  This includes slip trailing, inlay, and resist decoration. She will also discuss firing at a mid-range temperature and surface strategies for glaze firing.


Julia will also cover idea-development in pottery. Whether it be through personal narrative, specific processes contemporary, or historical influences, Julia will discuss developing ones on “voice,” and the marriage of surface, form, idea, and utility. Julia is interested in dialogue with the participants and hopes to address the concerns and questions of the audience.


More Information about Julia

Julia Galloway is the Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana and is a utilitarian potter. She has exhibited and demonstrated across the United States and Canada including NCECA, Utilitarian Clay, Master Classes at Arrowmont, as well as the American Pottery Festival. She is a longtime advocate for ceramic education and working in the field. She has developed the “field guide for ceramic artisans’ website” as a resource to help potters continue to make their work after finishing school or residency. She is interested in how pottery enriches our lives and is a useful means of expression.


To visit her website, visit








Serving-Bowl,-Porcelain,-2014Sean O’Connell

Sean’s work is informed by historical and contemporary influences. Using the dynamic conversation between past and present, he creates contemporary, utilitarian tableware for every-day use and enjoyment. During this workshop, he will discuss the nature of ‘influence’ and how that can help makers balance between ideas of aesthetics and utility, form and surface. This discussion will be illustrated through the demonstration of Sean’s techniques and decorative process as well as the sharing of ideas and inspirations.


During the demonstration, Sean will begin with an introduction to the use of pattern, compositional planning, and color. The various techniques employed will include brush-work, wax and paper resist, Mishima (inlay), and how to combine or layer various methods to develop beautiful, content-rich surfaces. Sean will present these techniques through his own unique approach, decorating on green-ware and using underglaze pigments to create abstract and geometric patterns. By layering with wax resist, ceramic pigments, and combining various other methods he uses to create his surfaces, participants will be able to use this information to inform their own processes.


More Information about Sean

Sean O’Connell is a studio potter and educator living in Chicago, Illinois.  He is currently an Instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously a Visiting Faculty member at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta. Sean was a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana from 2011-2013 and was the 2009 “Salad Days” Artist-in-Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, Maine. In addition, he was a graduate student of Julia Galloway’s at the School for American Crafts where he earned his MFA and attended the Kansas City Art Institute as an undergraduate. Sean exhibits his work nationally, and is a regular contributor to ceramic art publications, and conducts workshops within the US and Canada.


To visit Sean’s website, visit








July 14, 2014

Potters Council Member   $125.00
Non Member   $150.00

Student, with Valid Student ID

(student spaces are limited; call 800-424-8698 to register) 


Registration fee includes lunch on Saturday. If you have special dietary needs, we will do our best to accommodate you. All dietary requests need to be sent to two-weeks prior to the event. 


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 July 2, 2014; 50% refund if canceled between July 3, 2014 and August 1, 2014; no refunds on or after August 2, 2014. You must call 800-424-8698 or 818-487-2054 to cancel.








This one-day workshop will be held at:


6060 Guion Road

Indianapolis, IN 46254



In addition to pioneering craft product and development, AMACO® manufactures nearly 100 other products for art education including ceramic and glass kilns, potter’s wheels including the top selling line of AMACO/Brent®, and AMACO® Clays and Glazes for home, studio and school use. Nearly every school child in America has used an AMACO® product at some time between pre-school and college. That claim has been true for over half a century as AMACO® has been “Modeling Imagination Since 1919.”



All events will be held at Amaco/Brent, 6060 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 


Time  Event   Location
8:00 AM   Registration  Gallery
9 AM  Julia Galloway  Classroom 1
   Sean O’Connell  Classroom 2  
12 PM  Lunch    Gallery
12:45 PM  Pottery Exchange   Gallery
1 PM  Julia Galloway  Classroom 1
   Sean O’Connell  Classroom 2


During registration, you will be assigned into a group (Group A or Group B). Each group will be able to watch both presenters during the scheduled times. 



    Participate in our pottery exchange by bringing one piece of your personal work (no large pieces, approximately the size of a mug) to be exchanged with a fellow artist. Please note: participation at this part of the event is optional.




HotelHilton Garden Inn 

6930 Intech Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46278


Click here to visit the Hilton Garden Inn website

Reserve your room for $109 before July 18, 2014. Ask for Potters Council meeting block (group code PSC) to get preferred rates, or click here for online access to the preferred rate. No airport shuttle- recommend renting a car and will need a car from hotel to conference location.




Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – click here for website

Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA)
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46241 

For attendees traveling air, we recommend renting a car or taking a taxi to and from the hotel, and to the conference location.


Car Rental from Airport:
Indianapolis International Airport features eight on-site car rental agencies. 

Go here to make your selections.

Potters Council members get discounts with car rental companies Alamo and Avis. Click here for more information.


Taxi Service from Airport:
Taxi service is available at the curb on the lower level of the terminal just outside Baggage Claim of the Indianapolis International Airport. There is a minimum $15 charge for all fares from the airport, regardless of distance. If you need to travel outside the Indianapolis area, consult your driver for rates. Fares may not exceed the amount shown on the meter.
Go here for more information on taxis.




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