Focus on Function: the atmospheric canvas – C1521-19

Date: Sep 09 - 27, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to IV i

Instructor(s): Lorna Meaden

Tuition: $1,475
Studio Fee: $245
Registration Fee: $45


Refine and expand your vocabulary of functional forms in this intensive workshop. Integrate throwing and altering utilitarian pots and coil building large-scale vessels. Explore surface, texture, line and atmosphere. The work will be stamped, altered and drawn on before being offered to the influence of atmospheric kilns.


The first part of the workshop is focused on throwing and decorating functional forms using porcelain or stoneware. Coil building large vessels is introduced, which incorporates texture using found objects and hand-carved stamps. Explore decorative techniques including inlay, brushwork and wax resist. Work is fired in soda and wood kilns.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday include morning and afternoon demonstrations and lectures on throwing, coiling and decorative techniques. Discussions and exercises occur that facilitate the development of visual language concerning functional pottery and atmospheric firing. All parts of the firing processes are discussed including glazing, wadding, loading and firing strategies.


Lorna Meaden received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her work is represented by several galleries nationwide. She has taught workshops nationally and internationally, in addition to being featured as a demonstrator and lecturer at NCECA and Utilitarian Clay at Arrowmont. Lorna is a studio potter in Durango, CO.

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