Integrating Form and Surface

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In this hands-on three day workshop, we'll use the wheel to create functional forms to use to explore and test a variety of decorative surface techniques. Discussions and demonstrations will include mishima, scraffito, using slip for texture and color, as well as how to incorporate objects and patterns from found objects or sprigs we create. Students should also bring 3-5 pieces of bisque to glaze during the workshop as decorative glazing techniques will also be presented. 

Experience level: All levels

Dates: (3 day workshop)

Registration Deadline: 
Fee: $285 (includes 3 lunches and the $150 non-refundable deposit)
Class size limit: 8

Student Supplies:

Clay: 75-100lbs Stoneware (white or brown), cone 10.

Bisque Ware: Cone 10 clay. 3-5 pieces that are smallish in scale and nothing over 12” tall. Make sure your pots are easily identifiable when we take them from the post-firing.

Tools: General assortment of throwing & trimming tools and general assortment of handbuilding tools


Other optional items (some are provided in the studio):

Rolling pin & slats (for slabs)

Ware boards: 3 per student, 12” x 24”

Banding wheel

3-5 Throwing bats, 12”

Thin plastic wrap

Brushes: a variety, 2” wide and up

Sponges and buckets for throwing

Sponges and buckets for clean-up

Old hand-towels

Large old bath towel

Gloves, disposable

Please bring packing materials to safely transport your work home. Please treat your classroom like a campsite and leave nothing behind. PLEASE LABEL YOUR SUPPLIES


Andy Palmer  is a studio potter and educator.  He received his Bachelors in Science from James Madison University and his Master’s in Education from SUNY Cortland . He was then hired to supervise and coordinate the Ceramics Department at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for 17 years.  Since then, he hasworked in the ceramics manufacturing industry as a ceramics specialist / consultant, taught at the local college, and currently maintains and operates his own studio researching and writing about various firing techniques as well as glaze and clay compositions.  He also assists his wife in managing In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville, North Carolina which specializes in studio ceramics.