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Positively Porcelain


 Explore techniques for making porcelain pots with Bryan Hopkins using a combination of wheel thrown, slab built, and press-molded parts. 

Course Description

In this 5-day workshop, Bryan Hopkins will demonstrate methods of pushing porcelain pots to the edge of the rule that form must follow function - that grey area where provocative work exists. Each day will include one-on-one instruction time, critique of the day's production, and short talks about historic and contemporary artists whose work might apply to workshop participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their curiosity and creativity to contribute to the conversation.




Artist Biography

Bryan Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, PA. He began West Chester University of PA as a mathematics major and found the ceramics studio in his junior year. Bryan went on to earn an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has been a studio potter working in porcelain since 1990 and has lived in Buffalo, NY, since 1995. Bryan’s personal research in the field of ceramics centers on the  vessel- both utilitarian and sculptural.

Bryan teaches at Niagara County Community College. He has curated ceramics exhibitions both nationally and locally. Bryan’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally, including the NCECA Clay National Biennial. His work and research in ceramics has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, and numerous text books and e-books.

Bryan is a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellow in Craft.

Learn more about Bryan Hopkins and his work by visiting his website, and checking out his Instagram @bryanshopkins.





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