Form & Fire: Making work for the Anagama

August 5 - August 8, 2022

Form & Fire: Making work for the Anagama

$690.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $550
Material Fee: $140

This workshop is a unique opportunity to make your own work alongside one of the country’s preeminent potters. Participants will work at their own pace while at the same time be introduced to Owen’s ways of making work for an anagama kiln. Techniques such as sectional and coil throwing large forms will be shared. Also, ways of thinking about forms with regards to what happens to them during a long firing will be discussed. There will be a number of different clay bodies available, as well as several from Starworks [North Carolina] that the instructor will bring for participants to explore. Presentations and discussions will round-off the workshop with this special artist. Work produced in this workshop will be included in the firing of the anagama that follows. This workshop can be taken alone or in conjunction with the firing workshop.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

Registration will open December 13th.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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.
Type:
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Ben Owen III

Ben Owen III is an American potter born and raised in Seagrove, NC who uses wood firing and other techniques for making functional and decorative pottery. A sixth generation potter learning from his family, he received his BFA in Ceramics at East Carolina University, a Fellowship in Japan, and was a visiting artist in Jingdezhen, China. Ben’s recent passions have included glaze creation and experimentation for wood firing. “For some pots, I use a four-chambered wood kiln with a firing process of up to four days. The prolonged exposure to ash and heat develops a wide range of color and texture on the clay.” Over the past two decades, Ben has addressed the needs of designers and collectors to create custom works to be installed in a series of premier hotels and public spaces including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, MA; and Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. Many of these vessels are much larger in scale and carefully designed to enhance the hotels’ stunning interiors. Mr. Owen has received many awards and honors, including North Carolina Living Treasure, 2004; and induction into the North Caroliniana Society.

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