Making Forms to Get the Fire to Paint

April 5

Making Forms to Get the Fire to Paint


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $20

Tuesday, April 5 ~ 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

What tools do you use for painting on pots? How about using fire itself! Let’s explore forms that create shapes which channelize the flame path in a kiln to create surface embellishments, as a process of painting. Antra wonders about these forms and is excited to share the processes involved in creating them. In this virtual demonstration, she will be using slab as well as coil building techniques to demonstrate some of the making of these geometric, yet organic sculptures. 

 This demonstration will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

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



Antra Sinha

Following BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the MS University of Baroda in India, Antra Sinha began her pottery career as an apprentice to Ray Meeker at Golden Bridge Pottery (GBP) in Pondicherry, India. There she taught workshops, participated in kiln firings of monumental sculpture and production ware, and began to design and build kilns. An award from The Japan Foundation took her to the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan where she completed a large-scale sculpture leading to a commission for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai, India. Her signature sculpture, Tetrarc, was one of six created for the pool deck area at the GBP studios. Antra then worked at The Tin Shed Pottery in Australia, followed by the studios Qdos and Gooseneck Pottery as assistant to Graeme Wilkie and Robert Barron, respectively. She participated in the firing of Barron’s 1000-cubic-foot Noborigama kiln. Following this, she was invited for a residency at the Gaya Ceramic Arts Center in Bali, Indonesia. In 2014 she travelled to Markus Bohm’s studio Muritz Keramik in Germany. In Guldagergaard, Denmark at the 2nd European Wood Fire Conference she gave a presentation of her work and participated in Steve Harrison’s unique, Laid Back Wood Firing at Markus Bohm’s studio. Antra was invited to continue exploring and researching in northern Europe at a residency at Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin. She furthered her practice by building her own kiln design and opening her ceramic studio, Earth Art, in Pondicherry. She then received a STEM scholarship to pursue another MFA in ceramics at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. At the 50th NCECA conference she was awarded the MultiCultural Fellow. She has since received the Master’s Student Researcher of the Year Award at the Caine College of the Arts, USU, presented a paper at the ISCAEE conference and received the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Teaching Fellowship in Logan, UT. Currently, Antra holds the position of Gallery Coordinator and Art Instructor at the Caine College of the Arts, at Utah State University.

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