Workshop by Nick Joerling and Liz Zlot Summerfield

Utilitarian pots have an intimate place in daily life. They live in close proximity to our bodies. Creating those pots involves care, imagination and skill. What's astounding is the endless variety and individuality that occurs within the boundaries of making pots for use.

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn new techniques in hand building and wheel throwing. Beginning with round pots thrown on the wheel, Nick will push, cut, coax and stretch those forms. Liz will demystify working with soft clay slabs through deconstruction methods and the use of paper patterns. Both will speak the common language of utility, scale, and intention.

Participants will be introduced to a variety of handles, lids, spouts, and feet. Assignments will provoke a thorough cross over between hand and wheel work. Nick will discuss decorating, glazing and firing at high temperature. Liz will discuss and demonstrate surface treatments using terra sigillata and underglazes at low temperature. Each will provide a supplemental handout with recipes and resources.

Slides and demonstrations will form the backdrop for lively conversation ranging from making a living to personalizing one’s work. Students are encouraged to come with specific questions, sketches and images (not only of pots) that they are drawn to. Process is paramount, humor emphasized, taking chances encouraged.


Cost & Registration

Total Cost: $605.00

Workshop Fee - $575.00
Non-refundable processing fee - $30.00
Firing not included (bisque fire available post workshop for an additional small fee)

Due to limited space and equipment, we are asking that participants choose a method of construction that most suites their previous experience with clay.  All participants will be encouraged to combine both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques throughout the workshop.

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Waiting List

If a cancellation occurs, we will notify waitlist applicants of an opening. Full payment is required at the time of registration.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
236 Clingman Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801 


Additional Info

Clay will be conveniently available for purchase at the studio. Participants are also welcome to bring clay from home.

Participants are entitled to a discount on all items at Highwater Clay beginning one week prior to the workshop start date. NOTE: Highwater Clay is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. 


Cancellations anytime up to thirty days prior to the start of a workshop will receive a full refund assuming we can fill your space minus a $30 processing fee. If you cancel less than thirty days before the start of the workshop, there is no refund, even if we are able to fill your space from the wait list. If it is necessary to cancel the workshop for any reason, participants will be notified and offered a make-up workshop at a later date or a full refund.


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