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Stretching for Texture, Slipping for Contrast

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Stretching for Texture, Slipping for Contrast
Jeff Gunn
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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Skill Level:
All Levels
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Choosing between porcelain and stoneware, participants will learn how to create texture and contrast on slabs of clay. Using the slabs, we will hand-build lidded vessels along with the addition of sculptures as handles for the lids. Participants will work with sodium silicate for texture, colored slips and inlays for contrast, and with underglazes for brushwork decorations. Pieces will be bisque fired after the workshop with participants returning at a later date to pick up their work.

About the Instructor(s)

Jeff is a retired science teacher turned studio potter. Creating, experimenting and playing with clay for 22 years, he is a thrower and hand-builder. Jeff has taught ceramics classes and workshops at Oregon State University and in his own studio near Philomath, Oregon. His focus is on vessel forms with surface textures along with decorative slips and inlays. Lids with sculptured knobs are often included. Enthused about atmospheric firings, he uses a soda/gas kiln and typically fires pieces more than once.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Hand building tools, pin tool, rolling pin

• Ruler or straight edge (12"-24")

• Cloth measuring tape

• Scoring tool

• Synthetic or natural paint brushes (variety of sizes)

• Small sponge


• Banding wheel would be nice (not necessary)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Porcelain and stoneware clays

• Molds for vessels

• Slips

• Sodium silicate

• Underglazes

• Straight edges

• Tools to share

• Brushes

• Sponges

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