Studio Intensive: designing pottery forms – C1518-18

Date: Sep 10 - 28, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Mark Pharis

Tuition: $1,475
Studio Fee: $245
Registration Fee: $45


Elevate your ceramic craft and expand your artistic perspective in a workshop that focuses on hand building utilitarian forms. In this evocative workshop, we consider ideas surrounding function and process from the perspective of both throwing and hand building. We look at the pragmatics of functional and conceptual perspectives associated with pots, and we investigate the relationship between 2-D patterns and 3-D form, discussing ideas, symbol, metaphor and the meaning of process.


We work with earthenware clay and make slips, sigillata and low-temperature glazes. Our time together includes hand building demonstrations, making paper patterns, an introduction into computer-aided design (CAD), and simple mold making.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday include morning and afternoon demonstrations and lectures introducing students to glaze chemistry, computer-aided design and ceramic work from the Bauhaus and the RAM process. Students can expect discussions and exercises that facilitate the development of visual language, and should be open to constructive discussion and conversation.


Mark Pharis studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota. In the summer of 1973 he set up a pottery studio outside Houston, Minn., where he produced work until 1989. In 1985, he joined the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota as a faculty member. Mark served as the chair of the department from 1998 until 2004 and as Associate Dean from 2005 through 2008.

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