Personal Pots Through Soft Slabs


  • Arrowmont School of Crafts 556 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN, 37738 United States

What makes your favorite pot so special? Is it the shape of the form, the feel in your hand, or the vibrant color that creates excitement within you? Pots have the power to evoke, feelings and emotions. Let’s create those pots!


This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Students will be introduced to the techniques of working with earthenware clay slabs and paper patterns. They will begin with simple functional forms and expand to include components such as lids, feet, and spouts.  There will be discussion and work time allotted towards surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes.

Throughout the workshop, Liz will share her strategies on personalizing one’s work through discussion and visual presentation. She will also encourage open discussions on topics such as function, scale, and the importance of intention. Students are encouraged to come with specific questions, sketches and images (not only of pots) that they are drawn to.

This workshop emphasizes one-on-one interaction in a supportive, positive environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development nurtured. This workshop is designed to accommodate all clay enthusiasts from beginner to advanced.

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