The first-ever in-person 2-day workshop at the Hammerly Ceramics Studio
Saturday, February 4th - Sunday, February 5th 10-5 with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.
8127 W 94th ave
Westminster CO 80021
This workshop will be put on by the incredible Renee Lopresti. Her elegant forms and second-to-none surface decoration has captivated me for years and I couldn't ask for a better artist for my first in-person workshop in the studio.
In this two-day workshop, we will focus on developing surface composition by layering underglazes and glaze directly onto leather hard clay. Custom paper and reusable die-cut vinyl stencils will be used to create layered patterns, shapes, and detailed imagery. Students will be able to explore these techniques directly onto their own wheel-thrown or hand-built surfaces. The techniques and materials used during this workshop have the flexibility to be fired to any temperature/atmosphere.
We will begin by working through all of the decorating techniques on a leather hard slab ( to be rolled/prepared by myself on Friday evening). At the end of the first day, the decorated slabs will be pressed onto MDF drape molds (GR pottery forms provided by me), to transform the slabs into trays/plates.
Each participant can expect to complete 2-3 trays/plates on day one.
Workshop participants will use the techniques learned on day one on the leather hard wheel thrown or hand built pieces they brought with them. Participants are encouraged to use the techniques in ways that speak to their individual voice as an artist.
Each participant can expect to complete 2-3 small pieces on day two.
*By the end of the two-day workshop, each participant can expect to bring 4-6 decorated pieces home with them.*
If all participants can bring leather hard pieces for day two, then the only clay we will need is 75 lbs of Standard Clay’s 710 Stoneware (or a comparable dark clay body with little grog) for day one’s slab project (and for myself to throw a piece or two to demonstrate with one day two). Access to a slab roller is ideal, but a rolling pin/table will work fine too.
We will also need water buckets (1 bucket shared between 2 participants is fine), but if they are not available in the space we are using, I can alter my list for participants so that they bring their own.
I will be providing/bringing many of the materials with me to the workshop. Underglaze will be shipped out in advance (to be provided by Speedball Art products). I also will prepare and bring custom die-cut paper and vinyl stencils, Silhouette die-cutting machine (for custom die cuts during the workshop), plus a variety of other specific tools for participants to experiment with.
Born and raised in Northwestern New Jersey, Renee LoPresti holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and currently works as a studio potter in residence at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, TX. Renee has taught workshops across the US, served as a juror for exhibitions, and was named one of Ceramics Monthly's Emerging Artists in 2017. Her work has been featured in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions.