Richard Notkin

Richard Notkin is a studio artist whose work is in over 75 museum collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has taught workshops and been an artist-in-residence at over 350 schools and arts organizations worldwide. Among his awards are three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grants, and Visual Arts Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, and United States Artists Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and an Honorary Member of NCECA.

Richard's Upcoming Workshops

  • II

    Level II

    Students have a basic understanding of forming techniques, such as throwing and hand building. Students have taken one or two ceramics classes or workshops.

  • III

    Level III

    Students have significant experience with clay forming techniques, such as throwing, hand building and modeling. Students are comfortable with ceramics equipment, such as wheels, extruders and slab rollers. Students are self­-starting with some formal training and have taken a minimum of three classes or 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 8 - 19, 2022

Commentary in Clay: Increasing Your Impact

Richard Notkin

Tuition $1,350
Code C1014-22

Richard Notkin has been a ceramic artist at the forefront of the movement for social/political commentary in clay for over fifty years. In this workshop Richard shares how he developed his philosophy–and several strategies–to effectively express passions and statements in their chosen media. Participants are challenged to dig into their deepest concerns and to express their innermost stories in a way that profoundly engages and impacts viewers. Images are chosen, juxtaposed, altered and manipulated to specifically engage a viewer’s eye, mind and heart. Richard demonstrates his many processes, including hand-building, carving, surface detailing, small-scale approaches, assemblage, press-molding and much more. Participants are prompted to expand both their conceptual aptitude and technical skills to achieve artworks which can mesmerize an audience and carry a profound message.

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