Wild New Jersey Clay

May 4 - May 5, 2024

Wild New Jersey Clay


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $45

Come learn about different methods for finding/identifying, harvesting, refining and using locally sourced “wild” clay. You will learn about the chemistry and science behind refining the wild clay, and ways to test for usability. We will discuss methodologies and aesthetics in regard to manipulation of material, form, firing, and finish. We will also touch on the ecological benefits and sustainability of harvesting your own clay. Some general experience in working with clay is preferred, as we will be referencing basic, general terms about clay, its properties, its chemistry and some material science.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

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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John Reinking

John Reinking is a ceramic artist residing in rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey. His forms are organic and contemporary, while his palette is earthy in nature. John has a tunnel style woodfire kiln, that he fires 2 times a year. Each 7-day firing consumes approximately 7 cords of wood during the firing. The firing reaches temps of 2400 degrees, and holds about 750 pieces. John is a Berkeley Heights native, and graduate of Governor Livingston High School class of 1996. He graduated with a BFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He then received an MFA from Marywood University.  Currently, John is an Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in the Ceramics Department and is the Ceramics Program Director at the Center of Contemporary Art in Bedminster NJ. John exhibits in national and international group shows regularly.  His work can also be found in many international private collections.  He is represented by Peters Valley School of Craft and Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA.

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