July 2015

Workshop in the Woods

sun-drying

Last week I taught a colored clay workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Pennsylvania. This is in the mountains, just southeast of Pittsburgh. 

The clay studio is in the open air, covered by a roof but not enclosed. There is a brook rushing by that we could hear all day long. Here is an image with some pieces drying in the sun.

mossy-trunk



They have been having an unusually wet summer, so the mossy rocks were flourishing everywhere.


It rained/drizzled for the first couple days but by Wednesday the sun came out and the weather was lovely.



I had a small group of very talented potters.

Touchstone-2015

Here are some of the demo pieces I made during our week ...

demo-bowl-closedemo-vase

… and below are some of the pieces my students made …

Barbara-w-bowlcarved-bowlBarb-platterthrown-bowl-1
Kiln-1
Cathys-flowerskaren-bowlkiln-2kiln-3

At the end of our week, I placed a fish I had made beside the stream in the woods because at one point in the week, she could have survived there just on the rain!!

fish-in-woods


I took four of the demo pieces home, never expecting them to survive the bumps of the long drive … but surprisingly, they made it.

demos-home


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