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Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms - Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA

  • 52500 Temecula Road Idyllwild, CA, 92549 United States (map)

Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms

Steven Hill
June 16- 22

As intermediate throwers hone their skills often an affinity will begin to show for working more precisely. Precision throwing can lead to sublime beauty or to mechanical repetition that leaves pots stiff. As a potter, you develop your eye along with your technical skills, sometimes yearning to make forms that breathe – pots that look as though they are still soft and pliable after they are fired. 

This workshop will be structured for the potter with basic throwing skills, who would like to make relaxed forms that feel more gestural. You won’t be encouraged to unlearn any of your hard won technique, but rather to expand the ways of gently altering thrown forms. You will start with drinking vessels and bowls before moving on to larger and slightly more complex forms.

Midway through the week, you will experiment with spraying and layering Steven Hill glazes on two of our pots and do a cone 8 electric firing.

Skill Level:
Tuition: $755
Lab fee:
 $65, includes clay, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Steven Hill has been a studio potter since 1974, originally working out of a backyard studio. In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, MO. Steven has taught over 300 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written ten ceramic articles, the most recent being, “Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing.” Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business! His new home is 323 Clay in Independence, MO.