WORKSHOP 4/6-7 : CREATING SCULPTURAL POTS: Advanced Techniques for Making Complex Forms On & Off the Wheel with Matt Kelleher
Using demos, student participation and “what if” scenarios, Matt Kelleher will show you how to make bigger, more sculptural and better designed pots.
In this interactive demo workshop, students will follow Matt as he starts with initial design, moves into transferring patterns on clay forms, and then explores advanced techniques for creating larger multi-piece forms. Participants will be important partners as Matt asks for help to resolve design issues as the work develops.
These techniques include:
· Translating drawn shapes into three-dimensional form through the use of paper patterns
· Creating and using bisque molds to develop new forms
· Creating much larger work by throwing slabs and coil-built forms on the wheel
· Designing and constructing large multi-piece works
· Using darting to enliven your work
· Matching handles and spouts to your shapes
You will leave this workshop with new design skills and an advanced tool kit for turning your visions into a reality. This workshop is particularly helpful for those who want to make larger work on and off the wheel.
This is a demo workshop. Sat/Sun, 10-4 pm, 4/6-7, lunch included. $145
Matt will also be giving a free artist talk on Creating and Design Better Pots on Friday night, April 5th, from 6-8 pm.
PLUS: Help us bring the gift of clay to underserved kids in DC. Donate $5 to our Community Clay Program when checking out and fund free weekly classes forkids at the THEARC facility in SE. You can go here to find out more about the program.
Matt is an assistant professor of ceramics at Alfred University. He received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a MA degree in printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. Matt studied ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute under Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu from 1993-1995.
His professional experience spans more than fifteen years as a studio artist. He has exhibited his work in well over two hundred exhibitions. His work has been recognized by numerous grants, awards and residencies, including residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Penland School of Crafts and at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. He has taught at several universities including Alfred University, Appalachian State University, Hartford Art School and Ohio University.
A podcast of an interview with Matt Kelleher by Ben Carter on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is available at: