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STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise

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***This is a 5-day workshop, meeting from 9am - 5pm each day.***

Handle with Care will focus on combining the elements of line, volume, form and texture to create dynamic functional wheel thrown pottery. Participants in this workshop will learn a variety of different forming methods, such as altering wheel thrown objects, pulling handles, incorporating attachments and optimizing the functionality of an object from 3 unique perspectives. Questions on aesthetics will be addressed (proportions, balance, line, integration, etc.) during the demonstration and how to resolve these complications.

Matt Schiemann, Eric Botbyl and Todd Pletcher will share their combined experiences on a myriad of topics: transitioning from academia to the real world, developing a personal body of work, graduate school, residencies, apprenticeships, wholesale, retail, craft shows, approaching galleries, choosing the appropriate clay body and glazes, how to effectively set up your studio, packing and shipping, and marketing through social media. These demonstrations and discussions will help to motivate the participants and get them excited to be back in the studio. Learn to handle your pots, as well as every aspect of your life in clay, with the appropriate care it deserves.

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Friday, September 29 - arrive, meet & greet, begin kiln prep and loading the kiln

Saturday, September 30 - firing the noborigama

Sunday, October 1 - studio session 1, firing kiln

Monday, October 2 - studio session 2, kiln firing ends midday

Tuesday, October 3 - studio session 3

Wednesday, October 4 - clean up, kiln unloading, artist talks, festivities and farewells

Note: Participants should bring bisqued/glazed pottery (rated to cone 10) to be fired in the STARworks three chambered noborigama. The first chamber is wood ash, the second is glaze and the third is salted at cone 10. The workshop will begin with a 24-hour firing. While the kiln cools participants will work hands on with instructors on throwing, altering, decorating, trimming, and a variety of handle techniques. The workshop will conclude with the unloading of the noborigama and an artist talk by each of the artists.

Matt Schiemann is a second generation potter and manager at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg Florida. Known for his strong forms and dramatic woodfired surfaces, Schiemann shows his work internationally. Matt is an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College and a frequent contributor to Ceramics Monthly and PMI.

Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter, living and working in Humboldt, TN. Known for his highly textured surfaces and bulbous forms, Eric received the Best Thrown and Altered award at the Strictly Functional Pottery National in 2016. Eric and his wife Jill own and operate Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over a thirty nationally recognized ceramic artists.

Todd Pletcher is an American studio potter from Goshen, Indiana, currently living and working in Australia. Known for his wavy rims and curvaceous forms, Pletcher is the current AIR at TAFE in Sydney. Todd was 2016 emerging artist for Ceramics Monthly and shows his work internationally.

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