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  • Gay Smith- Looking Lively!

    June 11 - 16, 2017

    Medium:  Ceramics
    Level:  Open, all levels welcome 
    Tuition:  $625 | Lab Fee: $55 (includes one free bag of clay)

    In this workshop, Gay will guide students to work with exciting and easily utilized methods of altering the forms and surfaces of freshly thrown pots. "Working with soft clay makes pots look fresh and sassy, like they can jump up and dance," says Gay. Everything from basic throwing techniques to shaping pots into squares, ovals, triangles; to texturing surfaces using faceting, fluting, and impressing are on offer; lids too. Finishing touches, like handles and feet, will be added as a means to enhance and complete your pots. Gay will work with each Individual's interests. Each person's work will receive attention in order to take the next creative/technical leap. All levels of skill from beginning on are heartily welcome. We’ll engage in lively conversations ranging over our interests, technical questions, making your pots your own, passions, raw glazing/single firing, and firing a soda kiln. 


    Gay Smith, aka Gertrude Graham Smith, is a studio potter who single fires porcelain ware in a soda kiln near Penland School in Western North Carolina. Artist-in-residencies include Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School. Teaching credits include workshops at Penland Haystack, Harvard and the Findhorn Foundation. Her work is shown internationally, included in collections like the Mint Museum, Taiwan's Taipei County Yingge Museum, can be viewed in numerous publications including Functional Pottery, Mark Making by Robin Hopper, Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, and as a cover feature of Ceramics Monthly. Grants include a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship and NC Regional Arts Project Grants. She currently serves on the Board of Penland School of Crafts.    


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    • An email or letter 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 Mountain ARTS. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email.
    • Students who withdraw after May 1, even if workshop was paid in full, receive  no refund  but can transfer to another workshop during the calendar year or  transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. 
    • We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency. 


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    Resident Price (On-campus housing/meals): Tuition & lab fee - $680  add  Housing and Meal Plan

    Commuter Price (staying off-campus): Tuition, lab fee & meals: (opening reception, 2 dinners, 5 lunches- $840

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