Ceramic Intensives

Ceramic Intensives

Get your hands dirty in Freehold Art Exchange’s studios this summer! Visiting ceramicists, including Joan Harmon, Emma Louise Kaye, Christina Bolt and FAEx’s Ceramics Facilitator Asia Sosnowski, will teach various clay forming techniques. Ceramic workshop fees include a 50 pound bag of clay, slip, glaze and your 10 favorite pieces fired. Lodging is available for out-of-town workshop participants in the newly built FAEx Residency House. For more information on dates, housing rates and directions, scroll down.

The Wheel and Beyond: Exploration in Altering
w/ Emma Louise Kaye

Fri thru Sun 6/21–6/23. 10am–6pm.
$300/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

In this three day hands on workshop, we focus on one form each day– the cup, the bowl, and the plate. A variety of techniques both on and off the pottery wheel will be demonstrated, using the foundation of throwing to combine with other ways altering and building with slab and coil. As we experiment and develop new methods of making, we will consider both the functional and aesthetic qualities of our pieces. Morning demonstrations with be provided for the class and open to the community. Students enrolled in the class will work in the studio in the afternoon and receive additional hands on assistance and instruction. Some experience with clay is helpful but not required.  

Hand Building Intensive: Explorations in Form and Function
w/ Christina Bolt

Two Building Days: Sat+Sun 6/29+6/30.
One Glaze Day TWO WEEKS LATER: Sun 7/14. 10am–6pm.
$275/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

Christina Bolt will lead a fun, beginner friendly clay hand-building workshop focused on vessel making. She will demonstrate a variety of hand-building and surface decoration techniques. Students will learn how to build vessels such as vases, cups, bowls and planters or sculptures of their own design. No ceramics experience necessary. Bolt’s studio is in Hudson, NY.  She received a BFA in ceramics at the Tyler School of Art. Christina has a wide range of experience teaching ceramics classes in and around Hudson.

Throwing Off the Hump
w/ Asia Sosnowski

Fri thru Sun 7/19–7/21. 10am–6pm.
$350/person. 2 people minimum to run. 3 maximum.

Asia Sosnowski’s three day course, “Throwing off the Hump: Tea Bowls,” will focus on freely throwing tea bowls with locally sourced Catskill Creek clay. Throwing off the hump is an intuitive practice of wedging clay and making a fluid, continuous series of pots. It allows ceramicists to liberate the overseeing mind and think through the clay at hand. Participants will explore creating textures for slip inlay using tools, found objects and surface imprints in the studio and nature. The clay body will be of various stoneware, which can be marbled together into agateware. In finishing, we will experiment with contrasting light slip over dark clay and the inverse. Bowls will be raw glazed and single-fired. Sosnowski makes spirited and peaceful pottery and teaches wheel-throwing at FAEx, where she spearheads the ceramics programs and manages the studio.

Relief Sculpture Workshop
w/ Joan Harmon

Fri thru Sun 8/2–8/4. 10am–6pm.
$350/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

In “Relief Sculpture Workshop” with Joan Harmon, participants will construct wall hanging sculpture primarily made with slabs. Harmon will instruct students to create a positive with clay, cast a plaster mold and then build pieces by laying a slab into the mold. Joan Harmon received her BFA from the California College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers University. She was awarded an honorarium from Black Rock City, a Fellowship from the Creative Glass Center of America, an Artist’s Grant from the Sari Dienes Foundation, among numerous other international and national awards. She is a professor at the City University of New York and New York University at La Pietra in Florence, Italy. Harmon serves on the Board of Directors of the Sari Dienes Foundation.


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To register and more information, email asienka.sosna@gmail.com

For lodging in our RESIDENCY HOUSE, email freeholdartexchange@gmail.com Rooms are $150/night+tax+cleaning fee. Rooms can sleep up to two.

REFUND POLICY: We can give a refund up to lunch of the first day of the workshop. After that, no refunds will be given. This is our policy because class sizes are limited. If workshops do not have the minimum amount of people signed up one week before class, we will refund you in full.

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