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native clay \ue000or handbuilding at Mesa
Verde National Park in Colorado;
a participant at Hummingbird in
Jacksonville, Oregon; Steven Hill
demonstrates slip application at
Springfeld Museum o\ue000 Art in Spring-
feld, Ohio; Brian Taylor throwing at
Haystack Mountain School o\ue000 Cra\ue000ts
in Deer Isle, Maine.
O\ue000ten, in addition to heaps o\ue000 inspiration and new-\ue000ound motivation, what we take away \ue000rom workshops are the little tips or techniques we never considered. Sometimes just one small improvement or one new idea we take away can be enough to justi\ue000y the entire experience. We have handouts \ue000rom instructor\u2019s we keep around our studio sometimes \ue000or years, and we re\ue000er to them o\ue000ten.
There is only so much a presenter can ft into a workshop, and there is only so much in\ue000ormation our brains can process and retain in a short period o\ue000 time. Since most workshops span anywhere \ue000rom a \ue000ew hours to a \ue000ew weeks, the extended experimentation and exploration usually happens a\ue000terward, in your own studio. It\u2019s our hope that this publication serves not only as a reminder o\ue000 your intensive workshop experi- ence, but also as a spark to ignite interest in other avenues o\ue000 exploration.
The tools and re\ue000erence material o\ue000\ue000ered here are acces- sible enough to be applicable to all kinds o\ue000 work, regardless o\ue000 your current skill level or experience, and they\u2019re refned enough so that they may promote experimentation or discus- sion at your current workshop.
Finding a new way o\ue000 looking at what we do is part o\ue000 why workshops can be so productive. Perhaps just a new way o\ue000 looking at a \ue000amiliar process is what we need to kick start our e\ue000\ue000orts in the studio. We hope that you\u2019ll fnd some inspiration in these pages that opens your eyes, your mind and your hands to something new and exciting. Welcome to your workshop!
Whether you want to slip cast, press mold or just make a
drying bat, mixing plaster correctly will make the di\ue001\ue001erence
between success and\u2014well something less than success.
I\ue001 you\u2019re going to bother to spend the energy and hours making your work, you should spend the energy to learn how to fre it properly.
So you need to re\ue001ormulate a glaze recipe you haven\u2019t
looked at in years. Here\u2019s a handy guide to remind you o\ue001
what does what.
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