Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Workshops

Pristine Porcelain Pros

Taylor Robenalt & Kyungmin Park Ceramic Sculpture by Kyungmin Park and Taylor Robenalt
5-Day Workshop
May 22-26
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Get ready to sculpt with porcelain professionally! All skill levels are invited to make porcelain sculpture with ceramic artists Kyungmin Park and Taylor Robenalt in this weeklong workshop. Kyungmin’s primary focus will be on the human figure while Taylor will demonstrate the intricacies of constructing flora and fauna. Each artist brings a unique set of technical skills and finishing processes to the workshop. Get rid of those uneven surfaces and learn how to handle other technical problems in your porcelain work. You will achieve crisp lines and clean, tight surfaces with simple tools. You will also explore conceptual ideas and talk about the importance of facial expression and symbology in your work. Kyungmin and Taylor will personally meet with each student regarding their work and help them explore their ideas. There will be an informal critique at the end of the workshop. Come spend a unique and exciting week with the Porcelain Pros.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $610 + $75 Lab Fee

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Historical Forms, Contemporary Myths

Gabriel Kline & Anja Bartels
5-Day Workshop
May 29- June 2
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

As humans, we all develop personal mythologies. These help us relate to the world around us and to each other. We fill our story with characters that enchant or revile us, inspire us to seek higher meaning, and serve as reflections of our own experience. We find meaning in their anecdotal wanderings, their struggles, and their triumphs. Their stories become parables in our own lives, offering us laws to abide by, bend, or even break. In this way, we are able to uncover more of our own truth.

As ceramists, we are also inspired by and connected to the potters who came before us. In this workshop we will examine the construction methods of several masterpieces of classical pottery from the Greek, Chinese, and Peruvian traditions and analyze the way these pieces reflect the culture that created them.

We will then focus on decorating them with images representing modern or contemporary myths, both personal and communal. Techniques taught in this workshop will include team throwing, assembling large pots in sections, stamping and stenciling, sgraffito and mishima, and digital projector image transfer.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $610 + $75 Lab Fee

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Demystifying Form: Clay Play and The Teapot

Fong Choo

5-Day Workshop

June 5-9Fong Choo Teapot Odyssey Clayworks

Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

The study of form has always been a core interest in Fong Choo’s career as a studio potter. For nearly 20 years he has focused – consciously and meticulously – on a single form: the teapot. Why? Because the teapot arguably is one of the most challenging and intriguing forms in clay. Learning it is a life-long endeavor and passion for Fong. Aspects of the form abound: appendages, lids, spouts, lugs, body and handles must all merge as one in order for the piece to be visually pleasing.

At this workshop, Choo will explore and demonstrate the hand building and wheel thrown work required to begin delving into your own fascination with the teapot form.   Participants will develop a perspective on proportions from the large to the small, while the nature of “play” within this whimsical form will always be in the foreground.

A fair amount of time will be devoted to glazing, glaze testing, and the use of the air brush. Discussions on the unorthodox method of spraying/layering by combining mid-range glazes as a base and then layering low fire commercial glazes and then refiring them all back up to Cone 6 oxidation. While some of these glaze combinations might run like a “mad cow”, it is this over-melting, multi-step process technique that achieve Choo’s signature jewel tones and other effects seen in his works.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $610 + $75 Lab Fee

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Raku Magic

Paul GisondoPaul Gisondo firing a raku kiln at Odyssey Clayworks
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, June 10
9:30am-4:30pm

Experience the drama, amazement and instant gratification of Raku in this half-day firing workshop. Bring up to 5 bisque fired pieces (vertically oriented vase and cylinder forms up to 12 inches in height preferred). We’ll glaze the pieces using a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes and fire the work outdoors in our Raku kiln. Pieces will be removed from red-hot kilns and quickly transferred into ash cans lined with flammable materials. Participants will go home the same day with dramatically transformed, finished work!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $95 + $25 Lab Fee

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Cob Construction

Cayce Kolstad & Wes Thompson
5-Day Workshop
August 7-11
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm

You can build long lasting structures from your scrap clay. Join us in erecting a teahouse from reclaimed and scrap clay using the ancient technique of cob house building. This weeklong workshop will focus on making permanent structures using only clay, straw, sand, water, and dirt. We will cover the fundamentals of mixing cob and explore the vast possibilities of how to apply it to building walls, mass heaters, or pizza ovens.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $610 + $75 Lab Fee

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