Handbuilding Plates & Platters

May 31 - June 4, 2024

Handbuilding Plates & Platters


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $80

This workshop will present demonstrations of slab and coil plates and platters that Gail has made throughout her career. Gail focuses on slipware pottery, and will demonstrate various approaches for applying white slip to red earthenware clay. Sgrafitto and other techniques to set up approaches to glazing after the bisque firing will be discussed. The workshop will conclude with a bisque firing of work made during the workshop.

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

Level: Beginner and Beyond
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



Gail Kendall

Gail Kendall has been working seriously with clay since 1968. In the late 80’s she changed the content of her ceramics from “contemporary vessels” to “strictly functional utilitarian pottery. Gail retired from a professorship at University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2011. She moves through various hand works each day: clay studio, cooking, knitting. Her hands and eyes are her favorite body parts.

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Normandy Alden

Normandy Alden has been working in clay for over 20 years and uses a variety of throwing and hand building skills to make functional, elegant tableware. She received her MFA at the University of Nebraska and now lives on a small farm in upstate NY where her family raises grass fed beef.

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