The pinch pot can be the simplest yet most evocative of forms. Forming a vessel is a metaphor for one's self and ideas taking shape. We will begin with visual exercises that will engage your sense of play and lead you closer to personally resonant mark making. Then we will follow a method for being grounded in the body as we form a series of pinch pots from porcelain. Next, we will focus on surface exploration using additive and subtractive techniques and talk about firing methods. Pieces will be bisque fired after the workshop with participants returning later to pick up their work.
Some experience with clay needed, as well as access to a kiln and glazes for the second firing.
Carolyn Hazel Drake is a mostly self-taught artist from a long line of craftswomen. She is a third generation Oregonian, and her aesthetic is grounded in the colors and textures of the Pacific Northwest. Her eye for color, pattern and detail was cultivated early on in her mother’s quilt store, as was her appreciation for handwork and being a part of a creative community. Carolyn has worked with all levels of learners, and her belief in the inherent creative potential of her students guides her approach to teaching. It is a source of great joy for her to see her students experience self-discovery through their own creative process.
• Canvas board / portable work surface
• Favorite pencils/pens/mark-making tools
• Hand towel
• Carving/sgraffito tools
• Georgie's Silver Falls porcelain
• Slip-trailing bottles
• Carving tools