Utilitarian clay objects contain food as well as their own quiet power and meaning. These objects infiltrate our lives and interact with our bodies in use. Pots can treat the eye and mind to a three-dimensional painting-all this while delivering nourishment. Explore a variety of easily-made and decorated vessels for the table. Contemplate notions of narrative, color layering, and concepts of “less is more” and/or “more is more” when it comes to form, texture and glaze surface.
Students form vessels in a soft, expressive style by hand building and throwing white earthenware into simple clay molds. Coat the vessels with layered color palettes that are created as a group. These processes can be adapted to other clays and temperature ranges. Finally, students practice adjusting the slip and glaze color and effects for their later use.
There are lectures as well as demonstrations and hands-on teaching. A spirit of experimentation and trial and error is encouraged. Students make their own molds and sprigs to experiment with throughout the workshop. These can be refined as time goes by and ideas develop.
For 38 years Lisa Orr has been a professional potter and student of ceramics. She completed an MFA at Alfred University in 1992 and later received grants including a Fulbright and a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and permanent collections in Korea. Currently she teaches, lectures and shows nationally and internationally.