Create your very own ceramic dishes when you jump into the world of clay and learn the fundamentals of making pottery in this hands-on workshop! Students learn basic hand building and design techniques, creating beautiful pieces that you and your family will cherish. During this five-day course, we craft a scraffito serving platter, bowl and trivet. While the pots are in the kiln, we explore the arts of printmaking, weaving and painting, and then apply those techniques to unique pieces for the dinner table. Projects include woven placemats, decorated wooden spoons, vegetable prints and chef aprons! At the end of the week, we celebrate what we’ve learned with an elaborate feast for friends and family to enjoy.
Sally Gierke has been an elementary school teacher and professional potter for four decades. Her work ranges from functional objects to large-scale murals, some of which have been undertaken as multigenerational collaborations under her direction. Sally has been an artist-in-residence in seven national parks and previously worked in the Children’s Program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Abigail Gierke grew up in Iowa and enjoyed spending time in her mother’s pottery studio. She currently teaches first grade at Aspen Elementary School and believes the incorporation of art and nature into the daily lives of her students is critically important. She finds that children are at their best when they are engaged, enthusiastic and working from their own ideas. She looks forward to teaching alongside her mother!