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  • 2019 Summer Arts - Ronan Peterson

    Peeling the Onion

    June 17 - 21, 2019

    Medium: Ceramics
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate
    Tuition: $645
    Lab Fee: $75

    Peeling the onion…without all the tears!  This workshop will focus on creating dynamic, layered, and interesting ceramic surfaces for both functional and sculptural vessels.  Using red earthenware clay, we will look at building up slip and terra sigalatta surfaces and backgrounds to enhance and enliven the ceramic surface and provide dynamic, layered backgrounds for glazes to interact with.  Demonstrations will include slip application from wet clay all the way up to the bone dry state.  We will look at brushing slip, hakame, paper resist, brush wipes, sgraffito, champleve, slip trailing, terra sigallatas, and different resist techniques to build up layers of information and interest for further glazing to later enhance and augment our ceramic vessels.  We will work towards completing one glaze firing, with the bulk of the workshop spent discussing and exploring leather hard and bone dry applications.  We will make our best efforts to get students work at least bisque fired for the travel home.  Participants should be open to experimentation and exploration of possibilities, and the workshop is best suited for individuals who can center and throw at least 2+ pounds of clay and/or comfortably hand-build forms to experiment with.   

    Ronan Kyle Peterson grew up in Poplar, NC, a small community deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1996 received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Folklore. He was a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts in 2000-2001. Currently, Ronan maintains Nine Toes Pottery, which produces highly decorative and functional earthenware vessels. His work has been featured in both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and the books 500 Bowls and 500 Plates and Chargers. He has taught many ceramics workshops, most recently at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Mudflat Pottery Studio (MA), The Kiln Studio and Gallery (AL), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), and Sierra Nevada College (NV). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Cedar Creek Gallery (NC) and Charlie Cummings Gallery (FL) and invitational shows at Watershed Ceramic Art Center (ME), Worcester Center for Crafts (MA), Pottery on the Hill (DC), and the Carbondale Clay Center in (CO)

    Student Supply List: 
    • Favorite trimming, texturing, and carving tools.
    • Sponge and water bucket.
    • Needle tool and cutting wire. 
    • Rib with ninety degree angle on one corner. 
    • Fettling knife. 
    • Exacto knife Bats (5-6+), bat pins. 
    • Wax (AFTOSA preferred). 
    • Michael Sherrill Mudtool red rib (more rounded/kidney shaped preferred). 
    • Brushes (mostly natural bristles in varying sizes). 
    • One or more 1/4”-1/2” wide brushes with short, stiff bristles (rigid natural bristles). 
    • Red slip trailing bulb. 
    • Apron and towels. 
    • Optional: Small surform or clay shredder. 

    Refund Policies:
    Summer Workshops
    • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled by Cullowhee Arts or already full at the time of registration.
    • An email or letter of cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw before April 30 receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% registration & processing fee. Any housing and meal deposits will be refunded in full.
    • If a cancellation is made after April 30, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Arts. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email).
    • We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency. 

    Photo Policy

    • Cullowhee Arts may at times use photographs and/or video recordings of employees and students for purposes of publications and other media. Names and other identifying information will not be published.
    • Should an individual NOT want to be photographed or recorded they must contact Cullowhee Arts, and are responsible for removing themselves from areas in which photography is taking place, or notify the camera operator of their opt-out status. 

    Workshop package #1  
    On campus Lodging: single room/bath housing in shared townhouse, opening Sunday evening reception, daily healthy catered lunch buffets, and two group dinners - (more on lodging/meals)
    Workshop $645
    Lab Fee $ 75
    Lodging/ Lunches,
    2 Group Dinners

    Double Occupancy listed in Purchase Options below (must have roommate pre-arranged) 
    Workshop package #2 
    Commuter price includes:  Sunday evening opening reception, daily catered lunches and two group dinners

    Workshop $645
    Lab Fee $ 75
    Daily Lunches + 2 Group Dinners $180

    • Enrollment Options
      50% Deposit Peterson Workshop,Lab Fee, On Campus Single Lodging and Meal Plan $707.50
      50% Deposit Peterson Workshop,Lab Fee, On Campus Double Lodging and Meal Plan $642.50
      50% Deposit Peterson Commuter Workshop,Lab Fee, Meals $450
      Payment in Full: Peterson Workshop, Lab Fee, On Campus Single Lodging/Meal Plan $1415
      Payment in Full: Peterson Workshop, Lab Fee, On Campus Double Lodging/Meal Plan $1285
      Payment in Full: Commuter Peterson Workshop, Lab Fee, Meal Plan $900
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