WORKSHOP 5/25-26 : Pattern & Color on the Clay Surface with Adero Willard (Surface Decoration)
Adero Willard creates some of the richest, most exciting ceramic surfaces in the country. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to fire up their surfaces using vibrant color, layered patterns and intricate designs.
Demonstrations will include techniques for altering clay forms, dividing space on a form, developing color palettes, and the application of pattern. Working with a set of their own tiles, attendees will learn a variety of decorative techniques that include sgraffito, tape resist, slip trailing, wax, and tape resist and more.
Painterly, precise, colorful, or black and grey, you’ll learn something new. All levels welcome.
Sat/Sun, May 25-26, 10-4 pm. $260, including a $40 materials fee, lunch and bisque firing of tiles.
Each attendee will receive 10 5x5 terracota tiles to work on. Underglazes, clay, wax resist, tools included.
(after each demo, students will work on their tiles.)
Surface development of the first layer, color choice and application. Development of a color palette.
Demo: Creating pattern through wax resist
Demo : Sgraffito techniques & color - carving a design or pattern through color that has been applied
to the clay's surface.
Sgraffito techniqes and pattern making continued.
Second discussion on color techniques: use of contrast and complementary color choices.
Demo: Tape and paper resist techniques.
Adding new layers of wax and applying color to wax surfaces
Demo: slip trailing as a layer.
Painterly techniques and application.
Demo: wheel throwing and form alteration.
Dividing the space of a form for diverse application of
layers - gallery visit and discussion of layering
Experimentation using multiple techniques
Adero will also give a free artist talk on Saturday night, May 25th for the opening of her solo show in the District Clay Gallery.
Adero Willard lives as an artist and educator in Western Massachusetts. She received a BFA at Alfred University in 1995 and MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. She completed a yearlong Salad Days residency in 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine.
Nationally and internationally, Adero has exhibited work in solo and group galleries, craft shows, and pottery invitationals. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics.
Her interest in surface decoration is lifelong and is fueled by a passion for gardening and cooking and a love of textile design, painting, collage.
Registration please let us know if you are vegetarian or have food allergies in the Notes Field.