Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Saggar Fired Ceramics"
August 17-21, 2018
 

Experience making saggar fired ceramic work from start to finish in this hands-on workshop. Using sawdust in combination with other materials, such as copper salts, metal, and masking slips, the saggar firing process produces special markings on ceramic surfaces. The possibilities of working with materials in this unconventional way are endless and produce results that encourage further experimentation. This workshop will begin with an overview of the making and firing process, including which ceramic forms and sizes are best, ways to prepare surfaces to enhance special effects, materials to put in the saggar to encourage specific markings, and what to expect during the firings. Open to students of all abilities and approaches, pieces can be thrown on the wheel or hand built.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patty Kochaver, www.PattyKochaver.com
Cost: Members: $260, Non-Members: $285, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Taste of Enamel"
September 15-16, 2018
 

Enamel is glass fused to a metal base using a kiln. It’s deeply colorful, it’s shiny, and it’s fun to make jewelry from this contemporary medium with an ancient past. Leslie will teach you how to apply the glass, fire it in the kiln, and show you several simple techniques that make a big impact on your enamels. You will learn many techniques in this workshop, and go home with several small pieces or one larger piece. But this just scratches the surface of what can be done with enamel. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
September 22-23, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
November 2-4 and 16-18, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

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.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Community Clay"
Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30pm
 

A special weekly open studio for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting. Handbuilding areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. A facilitator is present, but no formal instruction is provided - just a fun and productive time in the studio making pottery with others. If you are new to ceramics or Peninsula School of Art’s ceramic studios, we encourage you to request an orientation session by calling PenArt - membership not required. Topics covered are: equipment basics, safety, maintenance and cleaning, firing options, and the vocabulary of the ceramic medium. Techniques include slab-rolling and handbuilding, throwing a simple bowl on the wheel, and decorating your bowl with underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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