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Gay Smith- Looking Lively!
June 11 - 16, 2017
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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