Developing an Identity in Utilitarian Pots
In this class we will discuss developing your identity in making utilitarian pots, becoming your own critic, and understanding the role of the gallery. We will use a red earthenware clay with a white slip and colored stains for decorating. Pots finished on Tuesday can be glazed and fired in an electric kiln by the end of the week. Each day will include demos and discussion about maintaining a studio practice, the process, the selling, and the marketing. Assignments such as plates, cups, bowls, and jars will be given to enhance a group discussion at the end of the week. Our final day we will look at our output and objectively discuss how something could be made better. When joy is the goal, success as a maker is often the result.
This class is designed for potters with basic throwing skills.
Sandy attended the University of Minnesota in the late 1960′s, studying ceramics under Warren Mackenzie. She lived and worked as a studio potter in rural Georgia 1970 until 1978 when she was invited to teach at the Chicago Art Institute. She continued her teaching career at several different universities in the United States. She was awarded a National Endowment grant in 1986 and an NCECA grant for travel and work in China in 2012. Sandy opened TRAX ceramic gallery in 1995 to bring attention to the work of dedicated functional potters. She maintains a studio practice as well as running TRAX gallery in west Berkeley, CA near the RR tracks. www.traxgallery.com
I want to make pots that are provocative, fresh, and duty bound to work with the presentation of beautiful food. Good art, in any material, evokes memory without preciseness. I want my pots to be used, and used in a way that lays a foundation for friendship and sharing - which is often at a table. Service, at its best, can be a spiritual experience.
- throwing tools
- brushes for applying slip
- sponge for throwing
- If you have them, images of your work on flash drive or computer