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.”
White’s 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.
Catherine White weaves together throwing and handbuilding techniques. Objects are made with markings and irregularities that intentionally reveal the touch of the hand. White collects and poetically uses diverse raw materials in her anagama and gas-fired kilns. 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 has had commissions for state gifts from President Obama and Michelle Obama. She is represented in both the Renwick and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian. She has had yearly commissions from Omen-Azen since 1982, a Japanese restaurant in New York City. She has written for “The Studio Potter” and “The Log Book” examining failure, drawing, materials and choice.
Registration is underwritten by a Windgate Foundation Grant. There will be a break from noon-2 and registrants are encouraged to attend a one-hour lecture with Catherine White from 12:30-1:30 in Studio 156.