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Understand the Visual Relationship Between Form and Surface
Potters Council is pleased to invite you to our 2014 Santa Ana conference hosted at Aardvark Clay and Supplies! Featuring the work of Ben Carter, Adam Field, Kate Maury, and Lisa Naples, each presenter will show hands-on demonstrations emphasizing the form and surface of their ceramic work. Leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of slip decorating, underglaze painting, carving, high and low-relief motifs, dry-brush slip application, and so much more. Sign up today to reserve your place at this exciting conference! For more information on each presenter, registration, schedule, and other events click on a link below:


Schedule of Events | Presenters | Host & Sponsors

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



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (back to top)
Friday, September 12, 2014

All events held at Aardvark Clay

1400 East Pomona St. Santa Ana, CA

Time Event Location
5-7 pm
Registration and Opening Reception Store
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
Saturday, September 13, 2014  
Time Event Location
8:30-9 am Registration Store
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
9-12 pm Ben Carter
Classroom A 
  Adam Field
Classroom B
12-1 pm Lunch (provided) Patio
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit Store
1-4 pm Kate Maury
Classroom A
  Lisa Naples
Classroom B
Sunday, September 14, 2014  
Time Event Location
8:30-9 am Registration Store
  Sponsor/Vendor Exhibit (closes at 12:30)
9-12 pm Kate Maury
Classroom A
  Lisa Naples
Classroom B
12-1 pm Lunch (provided)  Patio
12:45-1 pm Pottery Exchange (optional) Store or Patio
1-4 pm Ben Carter Classroom A
  Adam Field 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 during registration periods.


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 world. 

  • Friday Night Reception | September 12, 2014 | Reception, 5-7pm
    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 the Potters Council 20% discounted rate.


  • Sponsor Exhibit | September 12-14, 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 with qualified individuals products and learn about new products within the ceramic field. The exhibit will be open during the Friday Night Reception, Saturday and Sunday morning before classes, and during lunch. The sponsor exhibit closes after lunch on Sunday.


  • Pottery Exchange | Sunday, September 14, 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, approximately the size of a mug) to be exchanged with a fellow artist. Please note: participation at this part of the event is optional.




PRESENTERS (back to top)


CarterFingerSwipePlatter smallBEN CARTER

Decadent Design for the Soft Surface

Ben Carter will demonstrate techniques for integrating surface design with softly thrown and manipulated functional pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito and underglaze painting.


During the workshop, Carter will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at low-fire temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media, and the changing landscape of contemporary craft will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated, and ready to grow in their own studio practice.


About the Artist

Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, California. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle.


To view an online portfolio of his functional pottery please visit www.carterpottery.com.




Ben Carter was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter & Ceramic Arts Daily Presents DVD, Design for the Soft Surface.




Precision Throwing, Intricate Carving

Adam Field will demonstrate throwing and his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. From traditional techniques to innovative solutions for timeless problems, attendees will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. Attendees will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns. Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice.


About the Artist

Born and raised in Colorado, Adam earned his BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco Bay area, where he began his full-time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Il Mahn. In 2013 he created and debuted HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston, Texas. After maintaining his studio in Durango, Colorado for 5 years, Adam recently moved to Helena, Montana where he is currently a long-term artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation. His works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally. 


You can see more of  Adam’s work at www.adamfieldpottery.com.


Adam Field was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter & Ceramic Arts Daily Presents DVD, Precision Throwing, Intricate Carving.




17233 Kate Maury smallKATE MAURY

Embellished Surface, Dynamic Form
To Kate Maury, form and texture unite through a basic application of the principles and elements of design. This workshop will focus on embellishing functional ceramic pieces through the repurposing of craft molds. Both high and low-relief motifs will be investigated as well as pattern and texture. Visual relationships of form and surface treatment will be the focal point of discussion. A variety of construction methods and decorative embellishments will also be shared as a new approach to the common craft mold ensues.


To view pdf of Kate Maury’s notes for her presentation, click here.


About the Artist

Kate Maury’s work is featured in both juried and invitational shows at regional, national, and international venues. Her work is also published in contemporary ceramic art books such as Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface by Robin Hopper, 500 Bowls, Lark Books, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin Hluch, and High-Fire Glazes by Lark Books. After graduating with her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University, she has also taken part in multiple residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute. Maury has also participated in the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute’s 1000 Years Celebration of Porcelain Conference and traveled through India examining textiles, jewlery, and ceramics. Most recently, she completed a residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, and will be returning to complete her second residency with them this summer. She currently has a studio at the Northern Clay Center and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


To view Kate’s blog, click here: www.katemaury.com.







NaplesCrowPitcherHiResLISA NAPLES
Form and Decoration: Cultivating Harmony and Personal Expression

Lisa will cover 3 things in-depth during her demonstration: her characteristic soft-slab construction, dry-brush slip application, and finally, decoration. This last item will include, but not be limited to, concepts of using animal images on pots. She will be working with red earthenware clay that is typically electric-fired to cone 1-2. While demonstrating these three technical aspects of her work, Lisa will discuss just how one finds their ‘voice.’ She believes that personal expression through pottery-making involves an embrace of 3 forces working together: play, process, and practice. To Lisa, development happens over a lifetime, as an active ‘doing’ that works only when it’s paired with conscious reflection, and then as life goes on—lather, rinse, repeat.


About the Artist

Lisa Naples makes pottery and narrative figures from her barn/studio in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (a life she shares with her husband and 2 teenage daughters). She received her MFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1988. In 2012, she was awarded the Jane and Leonard Korman Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Clay at the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious “Best of Philly” award in the category of “Gallery Artist.” Also in 2010, her work was featured in the publication, Masters Earthenware: Major Works from Leading Artists, compiling a survey of 37 ceramic artists from North America and Europe. Select exhibitions of her work include: James A. Michener Art Museum, Smithsonian, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows. She has lectured and given workshops around the country and in Australia. In 2005, she was awarded an NCECA residency at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, which fundamentally changed her studio life.


To learn more about Lisa Naples and her work, visit www.lisanaples.com/ceramics.



Lisa Naples was featured in Ceramic Arts Daily, and Ceramic Arts Daily Presents DVD, Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating.






HOST, SPONSORS, & VENUE (back to top)



Host & Venue Location

1400 East Pomona St. 
Santa Ana, CA 92705


714-541-4157 phone
714-541-2021 fax

Monday – Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am to Noon



During the weekend of this event, Aardvark will be offering discounts on select items in their supply store!


Ardvark Clay and Supplies was founded in 1972 in Santa Ana, California, with the purpose of manufacturing quality clays and basic materials for the studio potter in the most customer oriented manner possible. As soon as their reputation with the potters grew, so did their trade with schools and universities. Aardvark soon expanded to meet their customer’s needs with a wide selection of potter’s wheels, kilns, tools, and books, etc. Aardvark Clay now offers a well rounded selection of materials and tools for everyone, whether you’re a hobby ceramist, sculptor, mold maker, doll maker, muralist, or professional potter.








6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254-1222





 Geil Kilns


7201 Clay Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92648









4077 Weaver Court South
Hilliard, OH 43026




Lisa Byrne
136 Sugar Bottom
Furlong, PA. 18925





1701 Glenlake Avenue
Itasca, Illinois 60143





Xiem Tools USA

                                              7211 Garden Grove Blvd.

                                              Suite B

                                              Garden Grove, CA 92841










HOTELS (back to top)


ComfortInn_SuitesComfort Suites
2620 Hotel Terrace Dr.

Santa Ana, California 92705
(714) 966-5200

Website: Comfort Suites


$79.00 per night, rate includes, complimentary wireless high-speed internet, complimentary deluxe mini-breakfast, complimentary airport shuttle, in-room microowave and refrigerator. 


Ask for Potters Council meeting block to get preferred rates. Room block will be held until Friday, August 29, 2014. Please contact Comfort Suites for any inquires.








TRAVEL & DIRECTIONS (back to top)



Orange County (SNA) – click here for website
18601 Airport Way,

Santa Ana, CA 92707


Ground Transportation:
Getting to and from the Orange County 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.


Potters Council Members receive car rental discounts with Alamo and Avis. Click here for more information.







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








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




  Before August 31, 2014 After September 1, 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 August 12, 2014; 50% refund if canceled between August 13, 2014, and September 11, 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.