In this hand building workshop with Melissa Weiss participants will carve solid shapes of clay, kurinuki style, into cups, mugs and boxes. We will make vases and pitchers from slabs, coil pots and pots from molds. Special attention will be paid to handles and feet. We will talk about clay, glazes, firing and do some surface decoration.
Melissa Weiss is originally from NY. She received her BFA in photography in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Melissa currently resides in Asheville, NC where she runs a studio housing 23 artists in an 8000 square foot warehouse called SouthSideStudios near the Swannanoa River. She is a full time studio potter and mom. Melissa makes functional high fired pots from clay she digs on her land in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas. Melissa is a self taught potter yet has learned from many potters in the Asheville area. Melissa has attended John C. Campbell, Penland and Arrowmont twice as a studio assistant and once as a work study for wood fire workshops. Melissa has spent the last 10 years learning how to fire wood and gas fueled kilns with local potters. Melissa makes all her own clay, glazes and slips and fires them in gas and wood fired reduction kilns to cone 11.