Pottery Workshops and Events

Glazing Withou Fear

Tried & True Glazing
Date: August 25, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Course Description: This course is designed to teach tried and true glazing techniques. You will receive a tour of our glazes, learn application techniques and the do’s and don’ts of successful glazing. While students will have some time to glaze pots, the workshop is primarily lecture and demonstration.
Skill Level: Open to all
Instructors: Geri Peterson and Joanne Brice

$75.00Add to cart

Altertnative Firings

Raku, Sagger & More
Date: September 8, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Course Description: This workshop will focus on Raku, Sagger, Foil Sagger and Horse Hair firings. Students should bring 4 to 5 pieces of bisqueware made with high-fire clay that contains grog. Pieces should have a smooth surface and be 4” to 6” high.
Skill Level: Open to all
Instructor: David Johanson

Meet the instructor: David Johanson

I grew up on an old dusty road in central Minnesota, among windswept cornfields, rusty old tractors and weathered barns. The folks I grew up with were practical, down to earth and not afraid of hard work. My approach to art and my sense of aesthetics was formed in this place, among these people.

Over the years, I have experimented with many artistic forms of expression. However, I have always come back to clay. Perhaps it’s the idea of creating something beautiful out of dirt that keeps calling to me. I am definitely drawn to both the skill and hard work involved in becoming an accomplished potter and I love the challenge of maintaining studio equipment. The equipment I work with has become an important part of the artist I am.

My journey with clay began at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD under the tutelage of Professor Gerry Punt. After college, I directed and developed a large art program for inner-city children and teenagers in inner-city Cleveland, Ohio. Through this experience, I developed a deep commitment to building community via the arts. In 2007, my love for clay and my commitment to building community came together at Blossom Hill Crafts Pottery School in Los Gatos, CA. Today I am the co-owner of Blossom Hill Crafts Pottery School where I spend my time teaching the art I love, developing my own work and running a fantastic studio with my business partner Joanne Brice.

$110.00Add to cart

Handbuilding WorkshopPink.stackedmugs

Working with Slabs
Date: September 22, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 7:00 pm
Course Description: Learn to use tarpaper forms to create slab built mugs, vases, planters and bowls. This popular workshop is an excellent introduction to working with slabs of clay. Many students complete 4 to 6 pots in this one-day workshop.
Skill Level: Open to all

Meet the instructor: Elaine Pinkernell

After a stint as a programmer for Apple Inc. in the 80’s I decided to live my dream in 1990.  I wanted to make pots for a living.  My then boyfriend, now husband, Chris and I bought a small house in Watsonville, CA.  He and his friends built a big beautiful studio for me.  Since then I have been a studio potter creating fine art for the wall and funky functional ware all from that amazingly versatile medium, clay.  Along the way I’ve become a mother, a teacher, and a student of children.   Watch a child make art.   There is no fear.  Our best work emerges when we operate in a place of no judgement.

I’ve taught classes and workshops about my techniques since 1989.  I’m passionate about teaching as it provides the endless give and take of creativity that makes all of our work better.  I have yet to teach a class where I’ve not said, “I’ve never thought of doing it that way before!”  I’m continually watching for the result I’ve never seen before.  This teaching/learning process is a constant supply of fresh ideas that eventually changes my work consciously and sub-consciously and makes all our work better.

I live and work with this intention:  Pay attention to the process.  You may just find that the accident along the way pleases you more than the original goal.  And make sure you laugh at yourself along the way!

Are there any regrets leaving Apple in 1990?  I’ve never looked back.

$110.00Add to cart

Sculptural Pottery 

Additions, Subtractions & Alterations
Date: October 6, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Course Description: Participants are introduced to the principles of sculptural pottery, wherein a basic functional vessel – either thrown or hand-built – is modified with decorative elements that convey a narrative or theme. Through demonstration and participation, attendees will learn specific techniques and the basic concepts of aesthetics.
Skill Level: Open to all
Instructor: Ouliana Panova

$110.00Add to cart

The Basics and Beyond

Handbuilding with Soft Slabs
Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Course Description: This one day 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 learn to make their own paper patterns. The workshop includes demonstrations, discussions and plenty of hands-on work time.
Skill Level: Open to all
Instructor: Liz Lot Summerfield

Meet the instructor: Liz Lot Summerfield

Liz attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to complete her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004. Since graduation, she has lived and worked in Bakersville, North Carolina with her husband and glass artist, Scott Summerfield. They share a large outbuilding that houses both studios and a showroom for their work.

Liz has been an instructor and visiting artist at numerous clay facilities, colleges and universities. She exhibits and sells her work nationally through exhibitions, fine craft shows, a home gallery, and an online shop.

She has been featured on the cover of both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times magazines. She also has authored and been included in a variety of other ceramic publications. In 2014, Ceramics Arts Daily released an instructional DVD featuring her construction and surface techniques.

$150.00Add to cart