Exploring Extruding and Handbuilding

September 1 - September 3, 2023

Exploring Extruding and Handbuilding


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $55

In this workshop we’ll explore extrusion and slab techniques in our quest to make anything-but-round functional stoneware. Our approach will be to let the process show in the work; if we stay out of clay’s way, the material will reveal its nature and our results will remain fresh and lively.  We will work with unconventional forming methods and unusual approaches to surface decoration. Myths will be busted and secrets revealed. This workshop will also interest throwers who’d like to expand their horizons beyond the wheel. Topics will include: combining extrusions and slabs, making hand tools and brushes, latex resist decoration, cutting and printing with stencils made from Tyvek, colored slip inlay and stretched slabs, and the basics of making custom extruder dies.

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



Hayne Bayless

Hayne is a potter in Ivoryton, CT. After managing to avoid any academic involvement with clay, in 1992 he quit a perfectly good job at a newspaper to make pots. Since then he’s made hand-built stoneware and often teaches workshops. He’s shown work at the American Craft Museum and has been a frequent exhibitor at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. He’s been published in Objects for Use by Paul Smith, Design Language by Tim McCreight, Studio Potter journal, and a number of Lark Books.

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