13TH BIENNIAL

MID-ATLANTIC CLAY CONFERENCE 

  

When

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT
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Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT

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Where

Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center 
600 4h Center Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
 

 
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Conference Rates:

  • FULL CONFERENCE with lodging & meals – All 4 days$495. Per person cost is based on sharing a room at the 4-H Educational Center. Includes all 4 days of meals,3 nights lodging, conference and Friday workshops.  
  • FULL CONFERENCE with meals, Friday workshops and Friday night Special Dinner, and conference. No lodging on campus $395.     Additional Lodging can be found in Front Royal. 
  • FULL CONFERENCE - No Meals, No lodging but includes Friday workshops, Friday night Special Dinner and conference. $355. 
  • For Students MUST be a full-time ceramics student in an accredited university program. Limited availability. Includes Full conference, Friday workshops, all meals and lodging. $260 
  • Saturday & Sunday Onlyincludes Saturday 4-H lunch $260

Contact

Lore Potoker 

Volunteer for The Clay Connection 

lorepotoker@yahoo.com 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The four-day Biennial Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference is held at the Northern Virginia 4H Educational and Conference Center. Each time the Conference has offered clay related instruction through useful demonstrations and workshops to over 100 potters, hand builders, and sculptors from across the nation. Participants of all skill levels come away with new ideas and inspiration from this stimulating learning experience.

This year’s conference features nationally known potters XiaSheng Bi, Carol Long and Tim See as the weekend’s Main Presenters.

On Friday, regional ceramicists lead a variety of exciting hands-on workshops. Throughout the Conference there are many opportunities to make new acquaintances and renew past friendships. 
Ongoing Vendor Exhibits will have product demonstrations and ceramic supplies for sale.

Accommodations
4-H Educational and Conference Center Lodging: Rooms have 3 bunk beds with private bath. Up to 3 people can be booked per room on bottom bunks. More information will be available when you register.
Other Lodging: In Front Royal, visit www.discoverfrontroyal.com.

XIAOSHENG BI, CAROL LONG & TIM SEE  

MAIN PRESENTERS: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 

 

XiaoSheng Bi "Mr. B" www.xiaoshenbi.com

Xiaosheng’s work reflects his traditional Chinese influences, yet is infused with a contemporary aesthetic.  Suffused with gentle colors, his delicate forms shine with the brilliant translucency of bone china porcelain.  Traditional Chinese motifs such as bamboo leaves or lotus blossoms are painted with dynamic, nearly abstract strokes.  Through his life and work, Xiaosheng has formed a bridge between the introspective sensibilities of Chinese culture and the dynamism of modern Western culture.

 

Carol Long - www.carollongpottery.com

Carol Long draws influence from plant and animal life and is fascinated by the small complexities of the micro aspects of nature. Her work continues to evolve as she experiments with new ways of expressing the tiny beautiful intrinsic qualities of nature that we often take for granted. 

 

 

Tim See - www.timseeceramics.com

Tim’s complex teapots, oil cans, cruets, and, cream and sugar sets are successful because of throwing and assembling techniques that he has refined over his career. Potters will use those techniques to throw and assemble their own forms. Surface Decorating – Decisions about surface decoration start with our clay choice and whether we manipulate it with colorants or other additives. At each stage of making – shaping, leather hard, bone dry, bisque, and, even glazed – we have many choices to express our ideas and voice. 

 

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS - For FULL Conference Attendees Only OPEN TO ALL SKILL LEVELS

Choose 1 AM class and 1 PM class and optional EVE class for night owls.

Since some workshops have limited numbers, please don't repeat the instructor in the afternoon that you took in the morning. Allow other students to experience the instructor. 

MORNING CLASSES: 

  • AM - Introduction to Alternative Firing Techniques – Ray Bogle
  • AM - Using Bisque Molds for Slab Work – Dick White
  • AM - Electric Kilns and Studio Equipment – Mike Swauger
  • AM - Mixing and Layering Mid-Range Glazes – Diana Faris/Amaco
  • AM - Photographing Your Artwork – Natasha Thomas
  • AM - Primary Colors-Raku Expressions – Brett Thomas
  • AM - Pottery Texture with Rubber Texture Mats – Lynn Wood
  • AM - Sculpt a Bust from a Live Model - Guy Zoller.
  • AM - Slab Constructed Teapots – Michael Hough

AFTERNOON CLASSES

  • PM – Ceramic Tool Making Workshop – Chuck Brome
  • PM - Expanding Your Work with Extrusions - Sheila Avruch & Kathie Baumgart
  • PM - The GENIUS BAR - Finding Your Voice - Spanning a Lifetime in Art
  • PM - Glaze Calculation – Dick White
  • PM - Image Transfer Workshop – Arline Link
  • PM - Mixing and Layering Mid-Range Glazes – Diana Faris/Amaco
  • PM - Naked Raku - Ray Bogle
  • PM - Primary Colors-Raku Expressions – Brett Thomas
  • PM - Transitioning Traditional Brush Painting - Tracie Griffith Tso

LATE EVENING CLASS 8pm – 11pm

  • EVE – Mask Play in Clay - Michael Hough

Class Details

DAILY SCHEDULE

Oct. 3 | Thursday Evening: Welcome

4:00-6:00pm      Check-in. Drop-offs for: Pot Exchange, Empty Bowls Donations and Attendee       Biennial Show (you may submit one piece and it may be for sale. No judging)

6:00-7:30pm      Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres ‘Meet & Greet’ Sponsored by Alexandria Clay Coop

7:30pm              Friday Presenters’ Digital Image Show

Oct. 4 | Friday Hands On Workshops

7:30 - 8:30am      Check-in. Drop-offs for: Pot Exchange, Empty Bowls Donations and Attendee Biennial Show (you may submit one piece and it may be for sale. No judging this time.)

7:30-8:30am      Breakfast

8:00-11:30am      Raku and Alternative Firing AM Sessions start early

9am-Noon           Other Hands-On Workshops AM Sessions

8:30am-4:30pm  Vendor Exhibit Area Open

Noon-1pm         Lunch

12:30-4pm         Raku and Alternative Firing PM Sessions

1:00 - 2pm        Vendor Special Presentations; then open and ongoing through the afternoon

2:00-5:00pm      PM Workshops Sessions

4:00-6:00pm      Break

6:00-11:00pm      Brief Annual Meeting Followed by Catered Dinner, Pot Exchange, Music, Dancing

Oct. 5 | Saturday Main Presenters    

7:30-8:30am      Check-in. Drop-offs for: Empty Bowls Donations and Attendee Biennial Show (submit one piece and it may be for sale. No judging this time.)

7:30-8:30am Breakfast

9:00am-Noon Slide Show / Demos by Main Presenters: Xiaosheng BI, Carol Long and Tim See

9 am-4:30pm      Vendor Exhibit Area Open

Noon-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm      Demos by Main Presenters Continue: Xiaosheng BI, Carol Long and Tim See

6:00-8:30pm Open House with Dinner Buffet at The Kiln Doctor Store, Front Royal            

Sunday: Main Presenters Continue

7:30-8:30am      Breakfast, Check-out of Rooms by 9:00am

9:00am-1pm       Demos by Main Presenters: Xiaosheng BI, Carol Long & Tim See

1:00pm-2pm       Conference Wrap-up, Volunteer clean-up help needed

 

9am-Noon            Demos and Hands-On Workshops AM Sessions
Noon-1pm            Lunch

12:30-4pm            Raku and Naked Raku PM Sessions

1:00-2:00pm        Vendor Special Presentations; then open and ongoing through the afternoon

Exhibit Area Open

2:00-5:00pm        Demos and Hands-On Workshops PM Sessions
5:00-6:30pm         Break
6:30-11:00pm      Brief Annual Meeting Followed by Catered Dinner, Pot Exchange

8pm –11:00pm    Mask Play in Clay workshop 

 

Oct 5 | Saturday Main Presenters

 

7:30-8:30 am      Conference Check-in Continues for Saturday Arrivals. Drop-offs for: Empty Bowls Donations and Attendee Biennial Show (submit one piece and it may be for sale. No judging.)
7:30-8:30am         Breakfast
9:00am-Noon       Slide Show / Demos by Main Presenters:
9:00am-4:30pm   Vendor Exhibit Area Open
Noon-1:00pm       Lunch
1:00-4:00pm         Demos by Main Presenters Continue
6:00-8:30pm         Open House with Dinner Buffet at The Kiln Doctor Store, Front Royal 

 

Oct 6 | Sunday: Main Presenters Continue

7:30-8:30am         Breakfast, Check-out of Rooms by 9:00am
9:00am-1:00pm   Demos by Main Presenters Continue
1:00- 2:00pm      Conference Wrap-up, Volunteer cleanup help needed.