FROM FABRIC TO CLAY: CLOTHING THE VESSEL with SAM BRIEGEL, Jan. 30 & Feb. 6, 10 AM - 4 PM
Join us to transform textured fabric into beautiful ceramic vessels and tiles!
In this 2-day workshop with artist Sam Briegel, students will learn transfer techniques that use a plaster slab to add layers of textured slip onto a slab of clay.
During the workshop, students will create a textured 8.5’’x12’’x1’’ plaster slab using a swatch of low-relief fabric or piece of clothing. After a slab of colored & textured clay has been created, students will learn basic soft-slab building techniques to turn it into a cup or leave it flat to create a tile.
Students will come away from this workshop with their very own fabric-texture mold, a decorated tile or cup fired at District Clay Center, and special techniques for taking their surface designs to a whole new level.
This workshop will be split into 2 Sundays a week apart. Students will pour the plaster slab on the first Sunday, then practice using it on the second Sunday. The break will allow the plaster slab to properly dry.
Students should have some experience working with clay. Experience working with clay slabs and slab-building is helpful but not necessary.
IMPORTANT: Everyone entering District Clay must be vaccinated. You will be required to show your vax card or a photo of your card when you arrive at District Clay for your workshop. No entry without proof of vaccination and no refunds for failure to show card.
Current District Clay students and community artists can get a 10% discount by entering the code dccstudent or dccartist (for community artists) when you get to the payment screen. You must also fill in the boxes below to qualify for this discount.
- 2 Sundays: January 29 and February 6, 10 AM - 4 PM
- Class cost includes instruction, 12 lbs clay, plaster, lunch, and firing fees
- Students must be intermediate/advanced skill level to participate
- Students will need to bring an item of clothing or a swatch of fabric with a low-relief pattern to the first day or a texture will be provided. It is encouraged to send the instructor an image of the fabric chosen a week before so that it can be approved (this process does have limitations).
- Work will be bisque-fired and ready to pick up 2-4 weeks after the workshop.
About Sam Briegel:
Samantha Briegel grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, TN. She received her BFA in Three-Dimensional Arts from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2013 where she predominantly focused on ceramics. Following that, Briegel completed an internship at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Clay Business in Helena, Montana. She went on to receive a post-baccalaureate program from the University of Montana in 2015 and began graduate school the following year.
Briegel was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2018 and after graduating found herself in the Nation’s Capital completing a year-long residency at District Clay Center in Washington, DC. On top of being a resident at DCC, she managed the District Clay Gallery and Special Events.
Briegel moved to Baltimore following her DCC residency to complete a residency at Baltimore Clayworks as their Lormina Salter Fellow. In the Spring of 2020, she was a part-time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art. Briegel is a represented artist by the Smithsonian Craft Show and has given workshops and been a visiting artist across the country. She just finished a long-term residency at Baltimore Clayworks and is currently in the process of setting up a home studio at her farmhouse outside of Baltimore, Maryland.