A Personal Narrative: hand building in porcelain – C0103-18

Date: Jun 04 - 08, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Beth Lo

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $95
Registration Fee: $45


Establish your personal narrative through hand built ceramic figures and vessels. This unique course uses storytelling through image and form in porcelain to help students develop a distinct artistic vocabulary. The instructor works one-on-one with participants to help you cultivate iconography, symbols and forms that are personal and meaningful. We look at the figure and the vessel as they have been used to chronicle the human condition as a way to speak about distinct cultures. By drawing and patterning on the surface of simple vessels, this workshop offers students opportunities to tell tales, truth or fancy.


We use coil and slab construction techniques to build our forms with cone 6 porcelain, fired in oxidation. Surface decoration includes carving, inlay, painting and stenciling with underglazes and stains.


Each day includes morning and afternoon demonstrations, drawing exercises, slide lectures and individual instruction.


Beth Lo makes work about family, culture and language. Her Good Children vessels and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Montana Arts Council Award and an American Craft Museum Design Award. She is also a childrenęs book illustrator and professional bass player. In 2016, Beth retired after 30 years of teaching ceramics at the University of Montana.

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