Pottery: abstracting the archetype – C0508-18

Date: Jul 02 - 13, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Mike Helke

Tuition: $1,195
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Explore a new, contemporary visual language in pottery by examining iconic pottery forms. Using archetypal pottery forms as a point of departure, this workshop covers conceptual possibilities of abstraction within the realm of pottery. We construct pots from thrown and hand built parts with earthenware clay and discuss the interplay of form and surface using slips, underglaze and glaze. An excellent introduction to the possibilities of pottery, this workshop invites you to escape the confines of tradition and adventure into the realm of artistic opportunity.


We utilize earthenware clay to explore a range of techniques on and off the wheel. The instructor introduces a variety of throwing techniques with a focus on generating form, volume, and positive and negative space. Techniques include stacked throwing, altering, slab-building, using slump molds and various ways to make handles and spouts. Additionally, we explore multiple low-fire slip and glaze techniques.


Each day includes morning and afternoon demonstrations and/or lectures, individual instruction and exploration with clay.


Mike Helke grew up in Minnesota’s St. Croix Valley where he still resides and maintains a studio. He received an M.F.A. from Alfred University in New York. Mike balances an academic teaching schedule between the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

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