The Idea Train

May 14 - May 15, 2022

The Idea Train


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $355
Material Fee: $30

Whether you’re a sculptor or a functionalist, hop aboard because this train’s for you. For two short, but intense days, we’re going to explore ways to move your ideas and ‘voice’ forward in short order. This is going to be a hands-on, brain-engaged workshop during which there will be demonstrations, presentations, and discussions that are aimed at helping you hone important aspects of your practice. We’re going to identify habits and get into the weeds about ways to exploit and build on those unique impulses that make each of us tick. This workshop is going to be a boot camp of sorts; experiment with the clay so it can form us.

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


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


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Bruce Dehnert

Bruce Dehnert is an artist, kiln builder, and writer. He received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, and MFA from Alfred University. His work is in collections including The Dowse Museum [New Zealand], the Yixing and Liling Museums [China], Alex’s Bar and The Glory Hole [Alfred], and the White House in Washington, DC. Dehnert has written for numerous publications including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, and Metalsmith. His book, Simon Leach: A Pottery Handbook was a best seller, and he is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics [UNESCO]. He is currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft.

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