Get concentrated time with some of the best ceramic artists in the field with Pre-Festival Workshops at American Pottery Festival 2019, September 6 – 8.
Jan McKeachie Johnston & Linda Christianson: Hygge in Clay
Thursday, September 5, 9 am – 5 pm
Friday, September 6, 9 am – 4 pm
Students, Educators, NCC Members: $200 (non-members $225)
Join these powerhouse potters for a two-day, hands-on workshop filled with astute tips, lots of individual instructor attention, and laughter born of Midwestern wit and pragmatism. Hygge (Hoo-gah) is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality. The concept aligns with how Jan and Linda and their pots make us feel. Whether we are gazing upon one of McKeachie Johnston’s generous baskets, or warming ourselves drinking from Christianson’s mugs, we experience an overwhelming confluence of intention and execution. Primarily a handbuilder, McKeachie Johnston will demonstrate her slab work and carving from a solid. Christianson will work on a treadle wheel, creating various parts to alter and assemble. Throughout the workshop they will discuss proportion, form, intention, gesture, the benefits of cross-country skiing, and maybe a joke or two. One can expect to leave with a deeper knowledge of how to create energetic connections between parts of a form while capturing the intentional gesture of your hand in clay. Lunch included.
Sunshine Cobb: Square Things and Round Things
Friday, September 6, 9 am – 5 pm
Students, Educators, NCC Members: $115 (non-members $130)
Sunshine Cobb will share her approach to square things, like garlic boxes, and round things, like pitchers and vases. She will talk about how abstract concepts make their way into her work, and how to foster similar insertion into your own creative practice. Her demonstration will motivate you to experiment with new and old forms and methods of construction. Basic handbuilding methods will be applied to hard and soft slab construction as a way to generate various components for constructing pots. In this one-day workshop, participants can expect to complete one form. Lunch included.
Learn more about American Pottery Festival: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/apf