APRIL 21 - 23, 2017  10AM - 5PM DAILY



Friday April 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM EDT
Sunday April 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Saratoga Clay Arts Center 
167 Hayes Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871

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Jill Kovachick 
Saratoga Clay Arts Center 

APRIL 21 - 23, 2017                   

Participants in this three-day hands-on workshop will explore the making of animal (or human if you wish) ceramic pots using slabs and paper patterns.  We will work on a variety of forms such as serving bowls, pouring vessels, and lidded containers. Over the three days there will be demonstrations on ways to bring your zoomorphic pots to life. We will start each day by preparing slabs and working on our patterns. The afternoon will be for assembling and refining the work. On Sunday I will go over some decorating techniques. Time permitting I’ll have a presentation of my own work and inspirations. Bring a good pair of scissors along with your tools. 


DAY 1 - FRIDAY, April 21st 

The first day will be spent primarily designing our work and thinking about the different ways we can make our forms into utilitarian pottery. We'll prepare the slabs, work on patterns for the animal forms. Through out the day we will be talking and experimenting with different possibilities for making representational animal forms. If you choose you can also make a maquette of clay in order to help you visualize your piece. 

12:00 - 1:00PM - LUNCH

 Powerpoint presentation

DAY 2 - SATURDAY, April 22nd

In the morning we’ll start assembling our pieces with the prepared slabs and patterns.  Alison will talk about securing the joints and adding on body parts without cracking. We will work on coaxing the clay to represent ribs shoulders and hips. We will work on setting up structures to get the intended heights on legs without there being any sagging. We will talk about adding spouts,handles, and knobs.  Decorating techniques will be introduced at this point. 

12:00 - 1:00PM - LUNCH

After lunch we’ll add all of the parts such as legs, necks, heads, and tails/handles.

DAY 3 - SUNDAY, April 23rd

Sunday will be the day to refine all of our pieces by adding eyes,wrinkles, toenails, fur and other details. Alison will show a variety techniques to decorate with slips.  She will show some carving techniques and decorating using slips and stencils.  

Throughout the three days we will have lively conversation and there will be ongoing instruction. Hope you can join us!



Instagram: @alisonpalmerstudio


The workshop will be limited to 10 participants, on a first come, first served basis with a preference given to our members.

Workshop fee - Member: $200.00
$250 after APRIL 1, 2017
Event fee - Non-Member: $250.00 
$300.00 after APRIL 1, 2017
Event fee - w/ New Membership: $235.00 
$285.00 after APRIL 1, 2017
Event fee - Student: $150.00