This workshop will focus on the plate, and its relationship with the cuisine which rides it to our dinner tables on a nightly basis. We will investigate these deceptively simple forms and try new techniques to treat their surfaces. We will discuss how local culture informs the respective shapes, colors, textures and patterns inherent to the plates of different regions. Last but not least, the class will discuss the culinary traditions associated with regional aesthetics, and how they pair with the tableware. The resultant works will be informed by our newfound understanding of related cultural histories. We will be focusing on quality over quantity, so students can expect to finish only one to three plates during this session. This workshop is open to hand builders and potters who want to experiment with new techniques to create functional plate forms, both handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques will be covered. Minimum enrollment needed to run each program, so please register early!
*Cultural backgrounds of ceramics
*Interface between food and pottery
Students should bring any tools they prefer for texture, favorite ribs for throwing, as well as an inquisitive, open mind.
Varying from one day workshops to multi-week classes, Special Topics are offered once or twice throughout the year and are perfect for learning a new technique, working with a new material, or exploring a specific process. Minimum enrollment needed to run these programs, so please register promptly.