Making Work for the Anagama

August 11 - August 15, 2023

Making Work for the Anagama


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $150

In this Anagama Kiln Firing preparation workshop Randy will focus on the exchange of ideas involved in working in clay related to form and function with sculptural intention. Demonstrations will cover the use of the wheel and the handbuilding construction of forms by altering and combining pieces by using slabs and paper patterns. In addition,we will share our thought process through conversation with the participants about why we make the objects we choose to make and what experiences in our lives have brought us to this place in our journey as artists. We will view images of historical and contemporary work in ceramics, with a personal powerpoint lecture of work and influences. This will be an exciting and fun workshop with lots of personal discussions about traditional and new ways of making, surface decorations, and making and preparing for the Peters Valley Anagama wood firing. We will view images of historical and contemporary work in ceramics, with personal slide lectures of work and influences.

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


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Randy J. Johnston

Randy is recognized internationally as an artist and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Distinguished Teaching Award in American Arts from the James Renwick Society of the Smithsonian. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo, who was a student of Shoji Hamada. Johnston has presented hundreds of lectures and guest artist presentations worldwide and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He has work in numerous international museums and private collections including the Boston Museum fine Arts, Victoria and Albert, Minneapolis Institute Arts and the  Renwick/Smithsonian.

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