Jim Connell and Paula Smith Workshop

Jim Connell and Paula Smith Workshop

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Two-Day Workshop
Sat, Mar 9
Sun, Mar 10

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One- or Two-Day Workshop
Saturday, March 9 - Demonstration only
Sunday, March 10 - Hands-On and Advanced Demonstration
10am - 4pm, both days

Bede Clarke – The Basics and Beyond

This combined demonstration and hands-on workshop will focus on wheel forming skills such as: throwing various forms based on cylinder/bowl/plate, lids, handles, spouts and trimming.  In addition, we will explore enhanced throwing skills and concepts such as altered forms, inverted throwing, gesture and "skin" of the pot as well as strategies for creating sets or groupings of pots.  Much of the forms and surfaces will be geared toward successful work fired in a wood kiln.  Through demonstrations, hands-on studio work and group discussion we will seek to improve wheel throwing skills, but more, we will seek to clarify strategies for creating articulate pottery forms.  The course will be suitable for beginning through advanced experience levels.

There is an optional firing component to this workshop that will occur three weeks after the workshop.  We will load the kiln in the morning on Friday, October 26, fire overnight and finish the firing on Saturday evening, October 27, 2018 at Clarke's wood-fired kiln in Columbia, MO.  The firing portion is an additional fee.  Participants in the firing are encouraged to find accommodations for Friday night.  Camping on the Clarke property is also an option.

Jim Connell Bio
Working in ceramics since 1975, Jim received his B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. He is currently the Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
Connell’s work is inspired by nature and guided by historical precedent. A major source of inspiration and stimulation comes from the teapots made in Yixing, China. His uniquely styled wheel thrown and carved work is typically made of stoneware or porcelain and often sandblasted after the final firing to achieve unique textures and highlights of gloss and matte surfaces.

Paula Smith Bio