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David MacDonald

In 1971, David MacDonald joined the faculty of the School of Art at Syracuse University; he retired in 2008 at the rank of professor emeritus. His creative work has been featured in several ceramic textbooks and magazines, and he has been featured in nationally televised programs. Since retiring, David has been actively lecturing and working in his studio.

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David's Upcoming Workshops

  • IV

    Level IV

    Students have advanced skills and knowledge of the ceramics field. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have a portfolio of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.

Aug 19 - 30, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Master Class: Putting a Lid on It

David MacDonald

Tuition $1,550
Code C1216-24

This workshop focuses on the variety of issues related to making lidded vessels on the potter's wheel. There will be demonstrations of the "lidding systems" as well as alternative techniques. The workshop discusses some of the critical concerns of lidded vessels related to proportion and functionality.   Portfolios will be accepted on a rolling basis. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows: Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Joanne Seongweon Lee, Studio Coordinator of Ceramics at The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered. Include 5-10 images of your work with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. If you are accepted, a deposit of $650 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

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