Delve into the functional, decorative and expressive possibilities of plates, bowls and other tableware forms. By focusing on these forms as a canvas and finding inspiration in historical examples, participants learn a variety of techniques to create special serving pieces for the display of food and as a means of personal expression.
Students use stoneware clay to throw pots for serving, such as plates, bowls and cups and explore simple alteration of these forms. To add imagery and embellishment, a variety of techniques for surface decoration are shared, including brushwork, inlay using clay and wooden stamps, incising, combing and slip trailing. Fire in high-fire reduction and soda firings.
Students receive demonstrations of stamping and incising, altered thrown forms, brushwork, slip trailing and combing. Slide presentations include historical and contemporary examples of plates and platters.
Michael Kline is a studio potter based in North Carolina who makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. He holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee where he studied pottery, painting and printmaking. In 2015 he visited the Freer-Sackler Wing of the Smithsonian and was struck by seeing a 15th-century stamped and inlaid Korean bowl and has since focused on applying this technique to his own work and aesthetic.