Steven Hill - Functional Porcelain: Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing
November 5-6, 2011
What makes a pot functional? How can pottery
transcend mere function while still honoring its intended use? In this
two-day workshop, Sponsored by 18 Hands Gallery, Steven Hill will throw and
alter pots and work with slip, all the while communicating his enthusiasm
for functional stoneware, spraying glazes and single firing. Steven
considers form the most important single aspect of his pottery, paying
particular attention to rims, feet, lids, spouts and handles. Discussions
will cover philosophy, design, technique and making a living in clay. Don't
miss Friday night, 11/4/2011 slide presentation.
Texas, Ingram - Hill Country Art
Carrie Burns Brown - Color Emphasis – Acrylic and Collage
October 10 – 14, 2011
Acrylic painters will be challenged and energized as they
incorporate innovative techniques in their works on canvas or paper. The workshop will focus on color and design, using
fluid acrylic paint, gels, gesso and some collage. Demos, critiques and individual assignments will be given to each
artist to guide them to find new and fresh approaches to extend their boundaries.
Linda Hammond - Mixed Media All Levels
October 17 – 20, 2011
As artists we often stand on a bridge that has
abstraction at one end and realism on the other. By “borrowing” from both types we can find abstraction in the old
masters and realism in non-objective work. This can be the starting point for your work. Students may experiment
with this concept, or pursue anything that is currently interesting to them. As usual, this mixed media class will
be informal and for all levels; sharing information is always welcome!
Tom Lynch - Water Color Secrets Revealed
November 30 – December 3, 2011
Experience the vast range and flexibility of watercolor in an atmosphere that welcomes the advanced
beginner, intermediate, and advanced painter. Add emotion and conviction to your painting by pushing
the limits of color, contrast and light. Tom Lynch puts fun into the process of painting along with
enthusiasm and new techniques. Daily demonstration paintings with detailed explanations of the “hows”
and “whys,” followed by individual attention so that each student understands and has an example of
the day’s objective and a positive critique session. Lynch includes tips on photography, “on-location”
painting, matting, and salvage techniques for discarded paintings.
Texas, San Marcos
Eye of the Dog Art Center
Pat Johnson - Handbuilding Tile
October 1 & 2, 2011
This two day workshop will explore clay and it’s use in tile making and is open to all skill levels.
Participants will learn to make 6 inch, terra cotta tiles to develop an 18″ x 18″ two dimensional narrative
mural as well as how to illustrate the narrative with underglazes. Students will learn creative steps to plan a design
and decide on materials and installation techniques. In the stimulating atmosphere of this Eye of the Dog workshop generating
dialog, exploration, and problem solving, you are asked to think about personal experiences, current events, issues, or
ideas about which you are truly passionate and that will inform your work in some way.
Bring your own drawings or pick from Pat’s collection of images.
Billy Ray Mangham -
Animal Sculpture Weekend
October 8 & 9, 2011
Use simple handbuilding techniques to create your very own pet! The class will focus on dogs and cats but armadillos, monkeys,
warthogs – just about any animal will be welcome. We will learn and use a variety of clay processes including soft slab, coil,
pinch, and working solid/hollowing out. We will use underglazes, slips, and engobes to color the animals and once dry, they will
be once fired to about cone 5. Standing, sitting, lying down – big, little, or in-between, we’ll explore the entire range of animal
possibilities. Bring pictures to work from or create your own pet from your imagination.Tuition of $325 includes two days of
instruction, clay, colorants, firing, and a great lunch each day. You will have a great time with great people!
This workshop is open to all skill levels – anyone can do it. You bring the desire, I’ll give you the techniques.
Billy Ray Mangham
- Big Fire Big Fun / Raku
October 29 to November 5, 2011
If you are intrigued by fire, you like instant gratification, and you would like to learn the basics of hand building in clay,
this workshop is for you! Here is your chance to experience the entire clay process – making, glazing, and firing – in just two days.
RAKU is a fast fire clay process that originated in Japan hundreds of years ago. The bisque fired/glazed pot is placed in a
hot kiln and when the kiln reaches about 1800 degrees F, it is removed using gloves and tongs. This quick cool results in
glaze crazing and usually produces some effects that are a great surprise. The Japanese word “raku” also stands for pleasure and enjoyment.
Firing raku is always a pleasurable experience. The first Saturday we will learn several hand building techniques including the
use of common nails to construct clay work. Billy Ray will give demonstrations in the morning and the afternoon will be spent hands on work in clay.
The second Saturday we will glaze and fire our work. All work will be finished and ready to take home on the second Saturday, November 5.
Mary Fischer - Printing
December 3 & 4, 2011
Mary Fischer is an internationally known, award winning clay currently living in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Participants will use Mason stains and slips to learn several different techniques for printing on clay. In addition, students will
learn how to make ceramic ink for use on etching plates, linoleum blocks, and Pronto plates. (a synthetic lithograph plate).
This will be a hands on workshop open to all skill levels. Students are encouraged to bring images they wish to work with.
Tuition of $225.00 includes all materials (mason stains, clay, etc.) instruction, and a great lunch each day.