June 27 & 28
10 am - 4 pm
Please call 251-517-5460 to be added to our wait list.
Decorated Dinner- Plates and Platters
We will be looking at different ways of making and decorating plates and platters in this “flat” out exciting workshop. Most demonstrations will be on the potters wheel but we will also look at combining throwing and handbuilding techniques to make plates and platters, both in the round and out of bounds. We will look at ways to throw wider and lower, keep plates flat and non-warpy, and make thrown molds for handbuilding planate forms. After forming our serving vessels, we will look at different slipping and texturing techniques to embellish our leatherhard forms. Optional but recommended that students have at least 2 bats of their own for use during the workshop, and if you are interested in making a foam bat for trimming, have one MDF bat for gluing foam to. Students should be comfortable centering and throwing at least 2+ pounds of clay. Participants will receive a packet of glaze, slip and terra sigallata recipes at the end of the workshop.
Cost: $170 plus a $15 material fee
"I make pots from red earthenware clay. Most of my vessels are utilitarian in nature with intensely carved and textured surfaces sometimes involving insects, bugs, and the like in decorative motifs and stylizations. I tend to focus on rock and treelike forms, with surface textures indicative of those two phenomena. With the fauna and creepy crawlies that inhabit the forest floor in mind, I train my sight on the landscape and the edifices that serve as homes, nourishment, and hiding places for these tiny inhabitants of the forest. I utilize the rocks and trees as vessels or containers, hearkening to their ability to shelter life in many forms, from desirable symbiotes to the parasites that hasten life’s end to feed their own. Making rocks and trees into containers, I am attempting to draw attention to their ability to sustain life and also to embody history, a record of the elements and days of sun and rain that shaped them and enabled them to grow as well as be eroded away. Specifically with “tree” forms, I hope to convey a sense of the growth with the stylized growth ring patterns and the bumps or knobs that remind me of the limbs that once grew there before their amputation and scarification.
Essentially, I am dealing with affects of agents of growth and decay and how these agents shape and embellish the surfaces of stones and the skins of trees. These agents also serve key roles in interacting with the ceramic vessels; mushrooms, seed pods, grubs and other growths serve as knobs and handles, enabling us to remove the lids and discover what might be inside or underneath a covered vessel, like lifting a rock to have insects scurry in many different directions when subjected to the light of day. The vessels are not intended to be actual representations of the trees and rocks, but abstractions and stylizations of these natural phenomena. Employing an earthy background palette stretched across textured but quieter surfaces, I wanted to upset that quiet earthiness with intense splashes of vibrant color, patterns, and glossy surfaces not commonly associated with tree bark or the rough surfaces of rocks amidst fallen leaves. I am interested in inflated volume and thick line qualities that reference comic style drawings and how that can apply to interpreting the natural world. My goal is to create a comic book interpretation of the natural world with a focus on the rocks and trees and their role in the continuous organic comedy of growth and decay."
Ronan Kyle Peterson grew up in Poplar, NC, a small community deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1996 received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Folklore. His interest in Folklore led him to John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where he began taking classes in ceramics and other media. After working for two years with two potters in the area of Asheville, NC, he attended Penland School of Crafts. Initially, he intended to stay for a two month Concentration in Wood and Soda Fired Pottery with MacKenzie Smith, but two months turned into four years. After Concentration, he applied for and was accepted into the Core Student program. During the two-year intensive work exchange program, he had the opportunity to study with a number of internationally known artists and craftspeople.
Currently, Ronan maintains Nine Toes Pottery, a ceramics studio in Chapel Hill, NC, which produces highly decorative and functional earthenware vessels. His work is drawn from processes of growth and decay in the natural world and translated into a ceramic comic book interpretation of both real and imagined phenomena. His ceramic vessels have shown in local and national exhibitions, including the 2008 Strictly Functional Pottery National in East Petersburg, PA. Ronan was also invited to participate in the 4th, 5th, and 6th Annual Potter’s Market Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC; held the first weekend in September, the sale includes some of North Carolina’s most talented ceramic artists and potters. His work has been featured in both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and the books 500 Bowls and 500 Plates and Chargers, which includes an image of his plates on the back cover.