Center for Craft Studies: Master Craft Workshop – Throw Like a Handbuilder, Handbuild Like a Thrower

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Join renowned ceramicist Catherine White as she leads students in cultivating their own ceramic voice and personal direction. Making vases, plates and bowls, White will demonstrate technique and the class will explore form and feeling. Students will work with slabs and coiling, shaping with bisque molds, and printing with dry clays and slip.

White says, “The longer I work in clay the more I throw like a handbuilder and handbuild like a thrower.” Her vision for this workshop is to encourage ceramic artists to envision themselves as gardeners creating a protected and fertile place for seeds of ideas to grow and mature.

There will be a break from 12-2 PM and registrants are encouraged to attend a one-hour lecture with Catherine White from 12:30-1:30 PM in Classroom 4.

About Catherine White
Catherine White weaves together throwing and handbuilding techniques: objects are made with markings and irregularities that intentionally reveal the touch of the hand. She collects and poetically uses diverse raw materials in her anagama and gas-fired kilns, and her clay work is intertwined with extensive drawing, painting, and collaging.

White has an MFA in ceramics, studied painting in Aix-en-Provence, France, and taught ceramics for many years at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. She’s had commissions for state gifts from President Obama and Michelle Obama as well as yearly commissions since 1982 from Omen-Azen, a Japanese restaurant in New York City. She’s written for “The Studio Potter” and “The Log Book,” examining failure, drawing, materials, and choice, and is represented in both the Renwick and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian.

This workshop is offered through VisArts’ Center for Craft Studies. Registration is underwritten by a grant from the Windgate Foundation.


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