Pottery is a science lesson that art makes beautiful.
Would you like to learn to sgraffito on clay? Would you enjoy an in-depth hands-on experience making redware?
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. Participants 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. Workshop length is 4 to 6 hours. 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.
In the studio - I offer classes that would be the same as those at the Mennonite Heritage Center and Landis Valley. I can accommodate up to 3 people. I will be scheduling these beginning in May with Monday through Friday times available, along with weekends.
Head start on your plate 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 design does not have to be "traditional" - see the designs below!
I have four workshops scheduled for 2020. Contact the site to register.
March 28 (to be rescheduled) and October 10 Sgraffito Workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA website
April 25 (to be rescheduled) and October 24 Sgraffito Workshop at the Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 website
Workshops at your location, within a one hour drive of my studio for 6 to 12 people OR in my studio with 1 to 3 people, are available. Location should have great lighting and two people per 6 foot table for your comfort. Ages 16+ and 10 - 15 years old with an adult.
In-depth Hands-on Experience
In my studio I have space for up to 2 students. This is a 2 day workshop to 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 dried, 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 $250 for one student / $450 for two students.