Water Etching & Alternative Methods for Surfaces

May 21 - May 22, 2022

Water Etching & Alternative Methods for Surfaces


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

Join us for this intensive weekend workshop with ceramicist Dallas Wooten, who creates stunning and tactile surfaces on his vessels utilizing an array of layered textures and processes. This workshop will explore his approach to water etching as well as traditional and contemporary methods of this surface technique. Discussions will include: best forms for the processes, creating and utilizing an array of unique tools for different types of water etching, designing patterns, a variety of textural surfaces, appropriate clays for water etching as well as how to streamline processes, the timing of materials needed to achieve different effects, different kinds of resists used in water etching, how to utilize technology and analog approaches in water etching and how to simplify making colored clays. You will explore making your own patterns and have in-class and open studio time to make work to decorate. You can expect to have hands-on experience with the technique and to leave with tools made in class. This workshop contains a variety of information for artists of all levels and the processes covered are versatile and applicable to all processes.

*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



Dallas Wooten

Dallas Wooten was born in Louisville, KY where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Indiana University Southeast, right across the river. Upon graduating, he attended Ohio University’s graduate program. During that time, he was awarded as a 2018 LEAP (Lydon Emerging Artist Award) finalist. Wooten completed his Masters in Fine Arts from OU in 2020. Recently, Wooten was a long-term Artist-in-Residence at Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Inc., where he taught classes at HopeCAT as well as Youngstown State University. Wooten has recently founded Wooten Clayworks and is currently setting up his studio in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where he works as a studio artist.

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