Gesture & Form: earthenware surface decoration – C1114-17

Date: Aug 14 - 25, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Mel Griffin

Tuition: $1,175
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Take a closer look at decoration methods specific to earthenware and low-temperature, electric kiln firing. After learning and experimenting with various mark-making techniques, students are encouraged to develop and apply their own visual language. Class discussions focus on the integration of surface treatment with form, as well as how to layer materials to create depth in an electric firing. Learn how make truly unique ceramic art in a workshop that caters to the curious.

Media & Techniques:

We use earthenware clay to make both pottery and tile, and cover making and using terra sigillatas, slips, underglazes and glazes. Drawing and painting methods are also emphasized.


Demonstrations include throwing and trimming, making tile of all sizes, applying slips, sigillata, glaze, and various drawing and decorating methods. Students should expect discussions and exercises that facilitate the development of visual language, and should be open to discussion and conversation.


Mel Griffin makes ceramic murals, pottery and illustrations that address our relationship with the natural world. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, and settled in Helena, Mont., after working at the Archie Bray Foundation. Recent awards include the Society for Contemporary Craft’s 2011 Leap Award and NCECA’s 2014 Emerging Artist Award.

Mel Griffin, Goat Platter

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