Large Vessels: Playful Building and Storytelling

July 16 - July 20, 2021

Large Vessels: Playful Building and Storytelling


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $65

Learn loose, playful techniques for combining handbuilding and throwing on electric and manual potter’s wheels. Stretch your comfort zone and skills with larger vessels by additively coiling, throwing, and torching; and we’ll decorate and sculpt onto the vessels to tell stories through sgraffito, pattern, image, and relief. Together we’ll look at the forms and decoration of historical vessels as ritual objects and cultural markers. You need to be comfortable with the potter’s wheel and/or coil building on banding wheels, and be willing to work loose and go big! This workshop is appropriate for anyone from advanced beginner to very advanced

Level: Advanced 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



Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson has a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Pennsylvania State University, an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. She teaches at Mendocino College in coastal northern California. Jessica is a lifelong meditation and yoga practitioner, and tends to have curating projects and environmental activism going on the side. She is a mother of two little boys, and co-directs the Flynn Creek Pottery studio and artist residency with her husband, woodfire potter Nick Schwartz.