Join us for an October weekend in Vermont and enjoy two full days of demos by nationally recognized potter Brian R Jones. Attendees will be engaged and energized with new techniques that they can take back to their studios. Expect to do some wheel throwing, hand building, and combining the two. Jones’ idea based and process oriented approach to pottery, buttressed by his great sense of humor, will drive a fun and full weekend of exploration, building, and play!
This is a two day demo and hands-on workshop. Topics include: making simple drop molds and slumps molds, hand building with thrown and coiled parts, approaches to the cup, bowl, serving dish, and covered box. Attendees should also expect and introduction to terra sig and surface treatment in Jones’ distinctive style.
Brian Jones is a studio artist living and working in Albany, NY. He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his MFA from Southern Methodist University, Houston, TX in 2007. Since that time he has taught and worked primarily as a maker of functional wares, creating highly personal tableware that he exhibits nationally. Jones creates work using varied methods, throwing on the wheel and through the use of slabs primarily. All of his forms are fairly simple, serving as canvases for his surface treatment. There is freshness of touch in his handling of his chosen material and in the manner in which he surfaces his pieces. Using loosely applied white slip and white terra sigilatta, Jones allows the clay body to show through in areas creating depth of surface. Sometimes he carves through the slip defining seemingly naïve and incredibly simple forms; circles, lines, grids and squiggles emphasized through the application of varied colored glazes, also loosely applied. Jones exploits the idiosyncratic properties of glaze, allowing it to freely move and flow, the white ground serving as a strong foil for his sparing and bold use of color.
Full Weekend includes Friday and Saturday workshop and bunk room accommodations, Saturday night dinner. Each room sleeps two (or three if you want to share the queen bed or full bed with a buddy). Limit: 10 participants To see accommodations, visit my Air BnB listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15254912?location=pownal%2C%20vermont
The studio is a vibrant, inviting space to learn about clay. I teach hand building, i.e. slab work and pinch pots, and wheel throwing. Each class is tailored to the needs and interests of the student. Classes meet for two and half hours, once a week. I schedule classes when I have three or more folks interested, so if you're interested, get in touch and I'll schedule you with the next group. For more information about my teaching experience and education, visit my about page.
six week group sessions $310
Included in the class are 25 lbs. of clay, handling and firing. If you need more than 25 lbs of clay, no problem, it's .55 lb. which includes firing and handling.
I schedule one make-up class per session. If you can't make it, you're welcome to come by for a practice session without instruction anytime between 10 am-9pm, M-S.
Feel free to bring an apron or smock to leave for the duration of the class.
Private lessons for are also available: a one time visit: a 2.5 hour instruction on the potter's wheel or hand building, pinch pots, and sculpture. for one: $100. for two: $150
*This experience does not allow for finishing work. It is meant as in introduction to working with clay. Please see above class description for an experience that includes finished work you can bring home.
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