This workshop integrates surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built earthenware pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques. During the workshop aesthetic issues (i.e., proportions, color theory, etc.) are discussed, as well as how to make strong functional pots at low-fire temperatures. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary ceramic art leaves students recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice. There are teacher demonstrations of throwing, hand building with foam molds, and surface decoration techniques with segments of time for students to practice on their own. Individual teaching and informal group critiques happen as needed, along with image presentations on ceramic history. Forming methods are discussed including throwing and altering, as well as surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques.
Ben Carter received a BFA in studio arts from Appalachian State University and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. He has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand and is the creator of the “Tales of a Red Clay Rambler” podcast.