A jewelry designer who was always looking for new creative outlets, Cindy enrolled in a silversmith class while living in Colorado and began applying her skills to jewelry design. Traditional silver work soon lead to the discovery of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) which quickly became Cindy's medium of choice. Cindy has been working with metal clay since 2004 and received her PMC certification in 2008. As part of the Metal Clay Master's Registry she has earned a rating of Maters Level II.
Jeff Rottman (Inventor/Owner of GR Pottery Forms) will demonstrate some tips and tricks to use GR Pottery Forms’ wooden drape molds, drawing from his 14 years of experience and knowledge as a production potter, studio owner and teacher. These wooden drape molds are designed to be the inner portion of dinnerware and serving platters. A rim and a foot can easily be added to create the rest of the piece making it versatile and functional for the user. Topics to be covered include: general construction, surface examples, drying, warping, effective firing and glazing methods, and more.
Curtis is Professor Emeritus at the Columbus College of Art & Design and has taught workshops and community art classes for over forty years. In 1974, after moving to Hilton Head, SC, Curtis founded “Sea Pines Summer Arts” as a way to earn money and establish himself in a new home. It worked!
Tena has been a dedicated and accomplished potter since the 1970’s. In 2009, Tena was selected as a ForbesMagazine National Small Business Competition top 5 winner. Tena’s most recent accomplishments include the International Trade Excellence award given by the Birmingham Business Alliance (2014) and The Enterprising Woman of the Year Award given by Enterprising Women Magazine (2015). Tena’s work has been featured in Cooking Light, Bon Appetitand Coastal Livingmagazines and fine restaurants nationwide use her dinnerware. Tena has been featured on Time Warnerchannels demonstrating the potter’s wheel and rakufiring.
Michelle and Caitlin are sisters, business partners, and the owners of Pizzelle’s Confections in Huntsville, AL. Pizzelle’s was awarded the Best Creative Small Business in 2018 by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. Michelle and Caitlyn epitomized the full range of creative intelligence when they departed from jobs in technical writing and healthcare to found a high- end chocolate shop—Pizzelle’s.
Learn from Michelle and Caitlin just how to go from “Idea to Successful Product”.
Tara Cady Sartorius is currently the Program Director for the Alabama Arts Alliance. She served as Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for twenty-one years. Tara received her Masters degree in sculpture and art criticism from Pratt Institute. She is a regular contributor to Arts and Activities magazine.
In this workshop we will work on writing artist statements and will touch on business correspondence methods as well as tips for writing articles for magazines.
In this workshop, Zach will take you deep into how to find, process, and work with raw clay straight from the earth. This intensive session will start with a native clay petting zoo, throwing demo, and a discussion of different qualities of native clay bodies and their uses. This will be followed by a presentation on locating and digging your own clay and a demonstration on how to make terra sigillata. This workshop is packed with information not only about clay from the region, but also the qualities of clay in general from a working, geological, and chemistry perspective.
Hands-on Workshop, Limited to (20) Participants
With very simple techniques and massive amounts of curiosity each participant will go home with at least four or five brushes. We will need several bench grinders so if you have one please bring it. Also if you have a source for any species of bamboo please bring whatever is easy for you. Roughly half inch to one inch or so is plenty big for brushes, and we will also need wood glue, scissors, waxed dental floss, or waxed twine. If you don't bring anything that's fine too because I have plenty of everything.
This is very important. Please no road or hunt kill. You can buy perfectly tanned deer tales at any fly fishing store or online. Two will be more than enough.
Jennifer has been licensing her artwork internationally for four years. Her licensed work is carried in stores including Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Goods and Ashley Furniture. Jennifer has produced three fabric lines, illustrated several children’s books, won three ADDY awards and continues to create and sell her original paintings nation-wide.
Limited to (20) Participants.
Diana Faris (MFA Ceramics) will share tips and images regarding application, mixing and layering of cone 5-6 brushing glazes. AMACO Celadon, Potters Choice and Shino oxidation glazes provide limitless possibilities to achieve your own surfaces without experimenting with dry materials and chemicals. Application and firing variables will be reviewed and reference materials provided.
Margaret will discuss the history of ceramic conservation, where to get trained, and before and after treatment image. This is purely PowerPoint presentation, with samples that she has made and plenty of time for questions. Margaret is occasionally asked what potter to send broken ceramics to, and I suspect that potters get the same queries! She does not re-fire ceramics, and all of the repairs are non-invasive and reversible.
John Phillips has twice received a Fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and has been featured in “Alabama Craft” on PBS.John is featured in "The Contemporary Blacksmith", "Cross Section” (German, “The Anvils Ring” (Quarterly international blacksmith magazine), “Ironwork Inside and Out” Volumes 1 and 2, and “Fireplace Accessories”.
Hands-On workshop Limited to (20) Participants
Maria enjoys throwing, then altering forms to achieve a variety of effects. In her mini presentation she will throw several forms. She will then demonstrate how and when to alter, texture and assemble each piece. Participants will be given a leather hard piece to alter along with Maria. Handouts will be provided. Participants should bring a sure-form rasp and a chop stick. Strong work is built on simple techniques performed in timely steps.