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Get a Handle on It

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1:00pm to 2:30pm EST In this virtual workshop, Harley will delve into a variety of methods for producing handles, covering both the technical aspects and artistic considerations that make a handle both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Together we will discover the nuances of handle design, attachment methods, and how to ensure balance in visual harmony […]

Wicked Clean: Intro to Handbrooms

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April 10 & 17 ~ 6:00pm to 7:30pm EST Come learn to design and make functional and sculptural brooms! This two-part virtual demonstration will start with classic handbrooms and progress to more complex objects including kitchen brooms and double headed sweepers. These traditional broom forms will give you a complete overview of broom making, providing […]

The Secret to “Footing” Pots

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1:00pm to 2:30pm EST A comprehensive, start to finish guide, this virtual workshop details basic to advanced trimming techniques while considering the function and aesthetics of footed vessels. Harley will discuss and demonstrate techniques such as tap centering, trimming chucks and tools, alterations and more. Together, we will explore trimming/footing cups, bowls, plates, and teapots. […]

Eco Printing Virtual Demonstration

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March 6 & 13 ~ 6:00pm to 7:00pm EST This virtual demonstration workshop will explore the fascinating world of eco-printing on fabric. Eco-printing is a sustainable and natural dyeing technique that utilizes the colors and patterns found in plant materials to create beautiful designs on textiles. In the first session you will learn the essential […]

Handmade Watercolors

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Watercolor paints are a surprisingly simple, non-toxic set of artist’s colors to make at home. Utilizing natural pigments and binders with historically-inspired tools, Natalie Stopka will demonstrate how to create your own paints for pans or tubes. While mulling her paint, Natalie will also mull over the ways in which evolving paint-making technologies have shaped […]

Iron Gall Ink Demonstration

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Iron Gall Ink, made from commonplace oak galls, iron, and tree sap, was the ubiquitous and indelible European writing ink for centuries. Join Natalie Stopka in a live online demonstration of ink making, during which we’ll discuss the particularly entrancing visual and chemical properties of this richly-colored writing and drawing medium. Natalie's recipes, foraging guidelines, […]

Eggshell White Demonstration

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Eggshell White is a beautiful, opaque warm white for water-based media including watercolors and gouache, as well as painting grounds and pastels. Chicken eggs are an age-old source of the pigment, recognized today as calcium carbonate. Join Natalie Stopka in a live online demonstration of pigment processing, during which we’ll discuss how the artisans of […]

Nuno Felting Virtual Demonstration

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February 7 & 21 ~ 6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Come delve into the origins and evolution of Nuno Felting, tracing its roots and cultural significance. In the first session, Oksana will guide you through demonstration, unraveling the step-by-step process of creating a basic Nuno Felting sample. She will then combine wool fibers to create textured […]

Indigo Clay Blue Demonstration

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Indigo Clay Blue, also called Maya blue, is inspired by the celestial blue decorating Mesoamerican sculpture. From the 9th through 16th century, this highly lightfast pigment was ingeniously produced from indigo. Join Natalie Stopka in a live online demonstration recreating Indigo Clay Blue, followed by Q+A. The semi-transparent warm blue is suitable for watercolor, crayon, […]

Buckthorn Yellow Lake Demonstration

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Buckthorn Yellow Lake is a vibrant, opaque yellow for water-based media including watercolors and gouache, as well as crayons and pastels. This pigment is made from common buckthorn berries (Rhamnus cathartica), which can be purchased or easily foraged in areas where the plant is invasive – most of the northeast US! Join Natalie Stopka in […]