Serving dishes contain and serve. These vessels hold our favorite foods and our cultural histories. In this workshop, students explore a range of historical and contemporary ideas for serving and storing: from small delicacies to nourishing main courses. These ideas — all organized around the space of the table — are the starting point for imagining the form, scale, surface and structure of pots.
Come to the workshop with family recipes and sketches for ideas of serving dishes. Use mid-range clays, glazes and slips and explore a variety of solutions to transform drawings and sketches into three-dimensional clay forms. The pottery wheel is the primary tool for shaping and altering dishes. Slide talks and readings present ideas about color, glaze application and the relationship of two-dimensional ornamentation and three-dimensional containers. Specific surface design techniques include slip and underglaze transfers, stencils, stamping and layering of glazes, slip and underglazes.
Mornings include discussions, demonstrations and lectures. Afternoons are focused on work time and one-on-one and group discussions to facilitate the development of describing form, process and intent.
Sanam Emami is a studio potter living in Fort Collins, CO. She received an MFA in Ceramics at Alfred University and is an Associate Professor of Pottery at Colorado State University. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Craft. She has taught workshops and lectured around the country. Recent exhibitions include Schaller Gallery and Harvey/Meadows Gallery.