If you make functional ceramics this is for you! Washington Street Studios is holding an exhibition of functional ware opening at the end of November! Juried in works (juried by Chris Landers of the Clay Co-Op) will be exhibited alongside works by Tammy Martinez, Catherine White, Tim Sherman, and Alison Coles-Severance, the invited artists for the exhibition. Send your entries via email to me at
We are hoping to include a wide variety of styles, let me know if you have any questions. Entries due by this Friday. Can submit images of up to 3 works per entry!
Had so much fun with my handbuilding class. We made stamps from found textures around the studio. Here’s a little #saltcellar and spoon. We are enrolling now for the next session!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
Was reminded by @potsbyryan where we started! Miss you @eholmes_ceramichinchilla never forget the first #pizzaparty
Ideas are flowing and surfaces are developing. There are so many things to discover as you look at these little test pots. I took them out of the kiln and thought to myself this feels like #contemporaryceramics
We are so excited to have Allison teaching two classes at #theclaycoop this fall! Making Pots for the Wood Kiln Friday (9/20-11/8) 4:00-6:30 pm Instructor: Allison Severance 8 weeks - $360 In this class students will make pots that can be finished in a wood firing kiln. As soon as the clay hits the wheel, students will be encouraged to think about the touch of the flames or the accumulation of natural wood ash decorating their finished pots! Demonstrations will include making functional pots on the wheel destined for fire with an emphasis on consideration of forms and their eventual placement and stacking in the wood kiln chamber. Topics for discussions will include the wood firing process, glazes and slips appropriate for the wood kiln, loading and stacking techniques, wadding and its placement, stoking patterns, and more. Students will have the opportunity to fire their pots in local community wood-firing workshops, including Allison’s, and actively participate in the creative and magical experience of wood-firing. [The class does not include the fee for firing] Beginner and Intermediate Wheel Friday (9/20-11/8) 6:30-9:00 pm Instructor: Allison Severance 8 weeks - $360 In this class students will learn the skills needed to create pots on the wheel. A strong emphasis will be placed on making pots that have a job in the kitchen and that are intended for daily use– pots for food preparation and serving. Considerations of form, function and surface will be discussed. Pots demonstrated will include mugs, teabowls, oval and square bakers, lidded jars, pitchers, bowls, and plates. Demonstrations will also include pulling and attaching handles, altering round forms, attaching knobs, and trimming.
Come take Saturday Intermediate Wheel with me! We will work on replicating forms. We will also expand your vocabulary of basic forms and look at pots for specific use.
A menu of mini workshops: Tuesdays (9/3- 11/19) 6-8:30pm Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk Cost: $200/per set, $500/all Package – 3 sets of 4 classes or total of 12. Develop and stylize your personal work from a menu of mini workshops based on three specific themes over the course of 12 weeks. Each theme will run for four weeks allowing for personal work along with specific instructional guidance. Sign up for one, two, or all three: 1. Sculpting with the East Asian Wedge-coil Method 2. Functional ware and slab forming processes 3.Teapots, Bottles and Pitchers Whether you are just starting to work with clay, have a little or a great deal of experience, sign up for one or all the mini sessions to deepen your skills or add breadth to your body of work. Build your own toolbox with specific materials and explore personal variations in the techniques presented. The sessions will also include clay preparation, glazing methods and surface treatments within each thematic workshop. Work at your pace and skill level while benefiting from the interaction with other members in the class and the exchange of ideas. Participants can expand their work by using additional time in open studio. 1. Sculpting with the East Asian Wedge-coil Method: September 3, 10, 17, 24 These sessions will cover concepts of East AsianWedge Coil to construct medium and large sculptural pieces. Topics such as adding new clay, developing the outer “skin” of the clay, shaping with a variety of tools, compressing, collaring, curving, paddling and working with equal thickness will be addressed throughout the class. Students should expect to complete several forms with proper resolution of surface and orientation. 2. Functional ware and slab forming processes: October 1, 8, 15, 22 This workshop will explore forms created with the free-thrown slabs big and small, establishing desired thickness and compression, working with slab forming hand tools, with and without a slab roller, while developing a series of functional, plates, bowls, cups and cylinders. The class will create templates, learn to store and dry clay for appropriate consistency, finish edges and seams, explore forms and surface
Some little prep/dip bowl tag tests. Say that three times fast!
Our fall class schedule is out! Check out the new dynamic classes we have planned.
Come hang out tomorrow afternoon for #proximity2019 #theclaycoop