Workshops and Instruction
Pottery is a science lesson that art makes beautiful.

Sgraffito Workshops include an overview of Redware pottery made by the Pennsylvania German potters and a demonstration of the slip trailing and sgraffito techniques used by them to decorate the red earthenware clay.  The sgraffito decorating technique has been used for centuries by many cultures and you will choose a design that pleases you.  You have the option to purchase 7 inch and 10 inch plates ready to sgraffito.  I have books for ideas, tracing paper and writing tools, along with all the tools needed to sgraffito your design.   You will scratch your chosen design into the greenware plate, then I will take your plate to my studio to be glazed and fired.  You may pick up the finished piece at the studio, at the workshop site or have it mailed to you for the cost of shipping.  I request a minimum of 4 weeks to get the plates back to you as the plates must be completely dry before being fired in the kiln. 

Garden Tile and Pet Memorial Stone Workshops will use a clay that contains sand and grog which enables the fired unglazed clay to withstand freezing temperatures.  The clay will be slabbed by you using a rolling pin and then you can decorate the tile/stone with stamps, sgraffito and the appliqué techniques.  Workshops are scheduled outdoors under a pavilion at the Macungie Memorial Park in April and May so that you may enjoy your fired tiles and stones this summer.  Full details here

​Head start on your Sgraffito design - draw a 7 or 10 inch circle and choose a design to fit inside the circle.  Designs can be line drawings (coloring books!) or positive/negative ones or your imagination.  Your design does not have to be "traditional" - see the designs below!

*** Scheduled Sgraffito workshops for 2022  ***

  • Contact the site to register

  • Registration ends 1 week prior to class and the class size is limited

  • Covid Rules apply at the time of the workshop  - this may include the requirement to wear a mask during the workshop.  I thank you in advance for following the sites' rules.

February 27 -Regina Marie Designs Fine Art & Crafts Gallery, 4076 W Skippack Pike,                        Skippack, PA 19474     website

March 12 - Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601    website

April 2 - FULL - Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA 19438-1020

September 17 - Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601    website

October 8 - Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438-1020 website

Sgraffito Workshops at your location - currently unavailable

Within a one hour drive of my studio for 6 to 12 people.  Location should have great lighting!  2 persons per 6 foot table (Covid rules?).  Ages 16+ and 10 - 15 years old with an adult.  This workshop is 5-6 hours in length.

2-Day In-depth Hands-on Experience - Currently unavailable

In my studio I have space for 1 or 2 students.  This is a 2 day workshop.  You will make and decorate two 9 inch slipware plates and one 10 inch sgraffito plate.  You will roll clay with a rolling pin, shape it using the drape molding method, apply the slip on the sgraffito plate and decorate the clay plates with the slip trailing and sgraffito techniques.  The pieces will then be glazed and fired for you.  While you are in the studio I will pass along my clay knowledge including successes and failures that potters working with any type of clay may face.  Cost is $300 for one student / $550 for two students.

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