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Week-long Raku Intensive
April 9-16, 2017 — Interested to try ceramic and Japanese style raku technique? And spend some time in upstate NY? Check out The Wassaic Project's latest adventure of classes. Peter Fulop Ceramicist studied in Japan, Korea and China and he is there for you to share his experience of 30 years in ceramics. Visit website


Location: Wassaic, NY
Instructor: Peter Fulop and Brigitta Varadi
Sponsor: The Wassaic Project
Cost: Varies
Email: Paloma Hutton
Phone: 914-960-7861

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Ceramic Decal Printing
May 6 & 13, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn to prepare photo silkscreened ceramic decals, used to affix permanent images onto glazed ceramic, tile, or glass. Learn methods to create images, print transparencies, coat and expose a screen, mix china paints, and print decals. Students will come away from this workshop with finished decals ready for transfer. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Sculpture workshops and stone carving in Italian Riviera
May 25-28, 2017 (10am to 4pm) — For beginners and advanced. Sculpt in a little paradise in a seaview art studio right at the border of the famous French Riviera and the beautiful Italian Riviera. For teen agers and adults, artists residencies on site. You can choose from wood or stone carving or sculpting in clay. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: Accademia
Cost: 260 euros
Email: Nicole durand
Phone: 33 608177897

Intermediate Level

Patterned Surfaces: Ceramics and Printmaking
June 26-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to surface design in ceramics. Using printmaking methods, including relief, screenprinting, lithographic resist, and stenciling, you will explore pattern as it relates to wheel-thrown forms. Join Megan as she shares how to develop imagery, including approaches to research, design, and formatting patterns specifically for ceramic work. Demonstrations will introduce you to a variety of printmaking techniques and their adaptations for clay. You will have time to practice and apply each method with Megan providing individualized feedback regarding technique and content. This workshop is designed for students with some ceramics experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Megan Mitchell, www.MeganMitchellCeramics.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $435, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level

Multiples: Mold-Making and Slip Casting
July 13-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Explore processes related to plaster mold-making and slip casting. Discover a workflow that allows you to create multiples; expanding the possibilities of your ceramic process. This workshop will begin with discussion and demonstrations, providing you with a solid foundation in this process and its variations. You will learn how to mix plaster, partition a piece to be molded, and create one- and two- or more part molds. Learn how to care for molds, mix casting slip, pour and release pieces, and attach sprig decorations. Prepare for a busy week, loaded with information and a unique hands-on experience. This workshop will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday; breaking for molds to dry on Sunday. Some ceramics experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kimberlee Joy Roth, www.KimberleeJoyRoth.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Raku Ceramic Jewelry
July 31, 2017 (9am-1pm) — Explore the dramatic art of raku-fired clay in this jewelry-based workshop. Using a variety of techniques, you will create one-of-a-kind pendants. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work has a unique surface with iridescent highlights. Jen will demonstrate techniques related to clay forming and surface treatment. Return Thursday/Friday to glaze your pendants and participate in the raku firing process, or choose your glazes and your pieces will be fired and shipped to you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jen Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $80, Non-Members: $90
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Art of the Flame: Raku Pottery
August 1-4, 2017 (9am-1pm) — Learn how to create raku pottery from start to finish. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work is characterized by its crackles and metallic luster. Engage in all aspects of making raku pottery with Noah, an expert in the genre, as your guide. Form works on the wheel or by hand. Glaze your work using Noah’s custom glazes and participate in a dramatic raku firing on Thursday and Friday. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Noah Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $295, Non-Members: $330
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Earth and Fire: Experience Raku
August 5, 2017 (1-6pm) — Experience the fiery drama and camaraderie of a raku firing event. Learn about reduction effects as you watch the process unfold. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work is characterized by its crackles and metallic luster. Fire provided bisqueware or bring bisqueware of your own, using Noah’s specially formulated glazes for an additional fee. While pieces are in the kiln, enjoy some wine and light snacks. Leave this event with a finished piece of unique raku pottery. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Noah Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $55, Non-Members: $65
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level

Super Surfaces in Clay
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the relationship between decorative surface and form in clay objects. Using a range of techniques, including sgrafitto, mishima, and resists, create clay works that transcend their function and become more meaningful. The first day will begin with a demonstration of basic construction techniques, including handbuilding and throwing, with the remainder of the day spent making pots or sculptures. The remaining days will start with a short slide lecture and demonstration of the decorating technique being explored, complete with examples of historical and contemporary artists’ work. This workshop is designed for those with some experience and an understanding that the focus will be on surface. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Lunch and a Lecture: Historical and Contemporary Practices in Ceramics
August 18, 2017 (12pm-1pm) — Ceramic traditions span the globe and encompass a world of artistic endeavor that continues today. This lecture will connect ceramic works from the ancient world to contemporary approaches to materials, decoration, and processes in the ceramic arts. This history explores the human impulse to create, decorate, and express cultural values visually and it remains as a record of a creative continuum. For many ceramic artists working today, the language of surface design and the history of material culture plays a role in meaning, as artists engage with contemporary culture, values, and ideas. Debbie Kupinsky is an artist and educator. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at St. Norbert College and maintains a studio in Appleton, WI. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Debbie Kupinsky, www.DebbieKupinsky.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: $25
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”
September 1-16, 2017 — Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: $1,900
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 30 24240 24143

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Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop
November 16, 2017 (4-6pm) — Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Layl McDill
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $40
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

Beginner Level

Polymer Clay Beads and Buttons
November 16, 2017 (6:30-8:30pm) — Start by adding curly hair to one of Layl’s face canes and turning those funky haired ladies into beads. Then learn how to make a millefiore leaf which you can turn into beads and buttons of all shapes. Also learn some fun ways to play with your scraps like how to turn a bead inside out to discover amazing symmetrical designs! You will come away with a collection of fun beads and buttons to bake in your own oven. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Layl McDill
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $40
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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