Matt Kelleher
Thrown and Handbuilt Pitchers

Session One - June 12-18, 2016

Course Description
In this workshop we will investigate the pitcher and all its parts through throwing and handbuilding demonstrations. Each participant will be encouraged to try all the techniques for bodies, spouts, and handles to discover new combinations and solutions. You will finish the workshop with a better understanding of pitcher composition, an assortment of spout patterns, and both bisqued and greenware pitchers.

Artist's Statement
Pottery is a continuous curiosity: how it’s made, how it feels, its shape, its surface, how it exists in a home as an object, or a tool, or maybe an image. When making pottery, I search for poised forms that suggest sculpture, respect utility, and perform well; they should be confident and handsome.

I create my surfaces for contemplation. Moods are suggested with warmth, fluidity, and translucency. Atmospheres are veiled with fog and cool mist. Pouring and layering slip, I respond intuitively to the qualities of liquid.


Slip warms up during the firing, the surface dampens, and layering is revealed. The relationship between form, firing, and my hand is complete. Each piece is ready for a conversation and willing to be part of a greater surrounding.

Artist's Biography
Matt Kelleher has recently joined the ceramic faculty at Alfred University after a decade of being a studio potter in the mountains of western North Carolina. Matt has participated in residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Archie Bray Foundation, and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan. As Matt continues to investigate soda-fired tableware, his studio practice now includes larger sculptural ideas.


Artist's Website: www.mattkelleher.com

Supply List
  • Basic pottery tools - sponge, ribs, needle tool, wire, knife
  • Metal rib with teeth - soft
  • exacto knife with sharp blades
  • Mud Tool sur form
  • Trimming tools - large and small
  • Brushes
  • Sketchbook
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

The Shakerag Store, which is open daily throughout Shakerag, stocks most of these supplies in addition to numerous other items, including books, tools, t-shirts, and aprons.

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