This workshop led by Adrienne Eliades, provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques and how to integrate dynamic surfaces on student's clay work. Students will develop a vocabulary of personal expression through drawings, patterns, found imagery and more! We will explore applying personal imagery and iconography through several surface techniques using slip, underglaze, newsprint paper, bamboo paper and tyvek paper cutting to wet clay. This workshop is designed to create opportunities for surface design development in our studio practices. We will work small and focus primarily on technique. My goal is to expand your surface decoration repertoire. We will focus on how to create and push ideas, push materials and techniques, and how to push your work further. This course is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome! Previous experience in clay will be helpful.

Schedule 9am - 5pm

9 - 10am: introductions + personal imagery exercise/discussion
10 - 10:45am: demo on inlay part 1 + slip techniques and paper/sticker resist
10:45 - 11:45am: students work on slip decorating tiles
11:45 - noon: demo on inlay part 2
Noon - 1pm: lunch (on your own, we're located near several great lunch spots)
1 - 2pm: musical cup exercise
2 - 3pm: demo on applying tyvek stencil to a slab + forming it using a hump mold
3 - 3:45pm: students creat tyvek stencil/decorate
3:45 - 4:15pm: Adrienne Eliades talk + q & a
4:15 - 5pm: students continue to decorate + wrap up

Provided: tiles, variety of underglazes, brushes, slip trailers and clear glaze. Additionally, each student will take home a couple brushes, a slip trailing bottle and a few jars of 2oz. underglaze.


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Please note there are limited seats available.

Adrienne Eliades is an artist currently living in Vancouver, Washington. Adrienne received her BA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2016. She has been artist-in-residence at San Diego State University, Ash Street Project and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center. In her work she explores the aesthetics of design and social dining practice. Propelled by her research of 20th century domestic spaces, Adrienne reinvents midcentury patterns and construct social dining experiences.