Something Old, Something New – C1402-20

Date: Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2020

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Michael Wisner

Tuition: $1,095
Studio Fee: $95
Registration Fee: $45

Studio hours are Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM, dorm housing is not available, and the Cafe is only open for lunch.


In this workshop, students learn a myriad of techniques borne out of Southwest pottery and then use these fundamental skills to focus on more contemporary pieces. Come prepared for a lot of hands-on learning. Participants explore many old and new techniques including hand coiling, burnishing, Mata Ortiz painting, Michael Wisner texturing, tool making, pit firing, clay making, secret kiln techniques and much more. A lot of ground is covered in five days, with students taking home finished work.


Hand building, white earthenware, electric kilns


Using ancient ceramics as a starting point, Michael Wisner borrows old techniques to create contemporary pieces. Over the past 30 years, he has studied extensively with Potters of the American Indian Pueblos and Mata Ortiz, including Juan Quezada, who inspired his own contemporary expression.

Michael Wisner - Metallic Kauai

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