Creative Experiments with Color

August 30 - September 1, 2024

Creative Experiments with Color


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $80

Learn how to develop a material vocabulary of color and surface that can evoke emotion, deliver poetic metaphor, make connections to cultural histories, and resonate sentiment.  This workshop will help you build a scientifically grounded and intuitively creative approach to experimenting with raw materials. You will learn fun ways to perform tests with glazes, clay bodies, and slips so that you can learn the qualities of various raw materials, explore trends in color response, adjust surface properties, add visual and tactile textures, and discover new recipes. We’ll back up the work by studying the unity molecular formula system in order to understand the role of flux families, glass former to refractory ratios, and color response of various ceramic oxides and stains. The aim of your work will be to develop a unique palette of colors and surfaces, by guiding your own experiments that include color runs, line blends, equal part blends, triaxial and quadraxial blends, and individually designed nontraditional blends. We will give special attention to the use of rare earth oxides for intriguing color-shifting and fluorescent results. This workshop is open to all, but participants with some experience and familiarity with ceramic raw materials will process the information more easily.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Gwendolyn Yoppolo

A passionate educator, writer, and researcher as well as a studio artist, Gwendolyn Yoppolo is currently serving as Associate Professor of Ceramics at Kutztown University.  She has earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. She creates vessels that engage with us physically, allude to intangible aspects of existence, and challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others. Her writing can be found in Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Passion and Pedagogy. She exhibits artwork and performs lectures and workshops across the nation, most recently at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Idyllwild Center for Art. Her work is in many collections such as the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the Rosenfield Collection.

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