Ceramics & Hot Clay

Idyllwild Arts has a long history of offering outstanding ceramics summer camp programs, with such renowned faculty as Fred Olsen, Shiro Otani, Susan Peterson, Maria Martinez, Patti Warashina, Lana Wilson, and Jeff Oestreich.

Hot Clay Courses

Hot Clay Overview

June 10 – July 7

Coordinator: Richard Burkett
Studio Manager: David Delgado

Each Week Features:

  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Open Studios
  • Faculty demonstrations and lectures
  • Critiques and feedback
  • Faculty Exhibits and Artist Receptions
  • Small classes, maximum interaction with faculty
  • Participant exhibits

Nature in Porcelain

Susan Beiner
June 10 – 16

This art camp workshop is an investigation of nature and fluidity. Students will utilize slipcasting and handbuilding in porcelain to create various forms relating to nature. Utilizing selected molds, students will explore building sculpture by creating a relationship of all the parts.
Students will draw in nature to inspire their compositions, creating a conversation between 2D and 3D imagery. The repetition found in nature will translate onto sculptures by drawing and layering glazes. Surface design and the role of color will also be discussed in order to prepare for a cone 6 soda firing.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $75, includes, clay, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Susan Beiner is associate professor in ceramics at Arizona State University. She uses slipcasting to create large scale modular ceramic installations. She exhibits in the US and abroad, and has been awarded numerous international residencies. She has exhibited in the Gimhae Clayarch Museum, S. Korea, The Limogues Foundation, France and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum, China and her work is in the permanent collections of the Yixing Ceramics Museum, China, Princessehof Keramiek Museum, Netherlands, LA County Museum of Art, CA, and the Long Beach Museum of Art, CA. She earned her MFA from University of MI, Ann Arbor. www.susanbeinerceramics.com

Nature Tradition: Cultivating Inspirations in Clay

Adam Field
June 10-16

In this workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. He will also demonstrate traditional Korean Onggi coil and paddle pottery techniques. From ancient Korean techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, you will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. You will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns in clay. Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. You will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in your own voice.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $45, includes, clay, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials. Instructor will have carving tools available for purchase in class for $32.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Adam Field earned his BA in art from Fort Lewis College. He has lived and operated thriving studio businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maui, Durango (CO), and most recently Helena (MT). He spent a year in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Ill Maan. In 2013 Adam created and premiered HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston. In 2013, he was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. His works are in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally. www.adamfieldpottery.com

Slab Slinging Extravaganza! Slab Built Pottery

Jeremy Randall
June 10-16

In this class we will explore slab construction to produce pottery forms that are out of the round, learning new ways to incorporate volume, texture, color, and surface development along with electric firing and post firing construction to make vessels which are rich with visual interest. Using a template method of generating ideas and drawing form, we will be able to take flat shapes and transform them into volumetric objects. We will use terra sigilatta to create enlivened surfaces that are luscious and loaded with color. Through this class, you will develop an approach to decoration, which looks at line, texture, and form to make decisions that respond to and build upon your own visual vocabulary.

Skill Level: All levels, though handbuilding experience is recommended.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $75, includes, clay, stains, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Jeremy Randall received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. He currently lives in Tully, New York, where he owns and operates his studio/teaching business, Rusty Wheel Pottery. Jeremy has taught at a number of craft schools, in Cortona Italy, and has taught ceramics/studio art at the higher ed level for over a decade. He has shown in national exhibits and has work in public and private collections, venues, and galleries throughout the US, and has been published in national and international periodicals, texts, and publications. www.jeremyrandallceramics.com www.rustywheelpottery.com

Finding Your Voice: The Art of Pottery

Josh DeWeese
June 17-23

What are the elements that contribute to the character of a pot? How do you develop them to make them your own? This is a workshop for developing your pottery as an expressive art form. The class will include instruction of different ways for making pots, using throwing and
altering techniques. Students will bring work to fire in an atmospheric soda kiln. Ideas and information for surface treatments and firing techniques will be discussed and shared. Presentations of the artist’s work and contemporary ceramics will compliment this hands-on

Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $75, includes, clay, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator, currently an Associate Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman. He served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Josh has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections. joshdeweese.com

Pattern, Print, Repeat

Adrienne Eliades
June 17 – 23

This intensive workshop provides an introduction to surface decoration techniques with an emphasis on designing and generating reusable Die Cut stencils using a KLIC-N-KUT Zing Air Die Cutter. Based on individual aesthetics, you will develop a vocabulary of personal expression through drawings, patterns, found imagery and more. With a variety of resists, glazes, and underglazes, you will explore the allure of the repeat pattern, customized color palettes and surface treatments using custom-made hump molds. This course is designed to create opportunities for surface design development in our studio practices, expanding your surface decoration repertoire. We will focus on how to create and push ideas, push materials and techniques, and how to push your work further.

Skill Level: All levels, both handbuilders and wheel throwers; previous clay experience helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $65, includes, clay, shared supplies, firing costs; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Adrienne Eliades is a studio artist currently living in Vancouver, WA. She earned a BA from the University of North Carolina, and an MFA from the University of Florida. She has been an artist-in-residence and a Ceramic Technical Specialist at San Diego State University, Ash Street Project in Portland, OR, and Guldagergaard International Research Center in Denmark. Adrienne will be an Amaco Demonstrating Artist at NCECA in Pittsburgh, PA. www.adrienneeliades.com

Transforming the Natural World

Kate MacDowell
June 17- 23

This workshop will explore natural forms while transforming and combining plant, animal and figurative elements. You will create a small porcelain sculpture to be bisqued after the workshop while working from images brought from home. We will cover shortcuts for figuring out proportions and working from 2D scientific drawings and photographs. We’ll focus on building solid and hollowing out; creating surface texture; and micro-sculpting additions such as insects, flowers and leaves. I’ll also share tips for shepherding your work through drying, firing, and crack repair. In this art camp you will consider the possibilities of using the interior space of a piece, how to “cheat” gravity and include supports when mimicking natural growth, and creating interest through form and texture rather than glaze.

Skill Level: All levels. Comfort working small and life drawing or sculpting experience are helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee:
$65, includes porcelain, shared supplies, firing costs, “wet box” plaster bat, image stand; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Kate MacDowell’s porcelain sculpture has been shown internationally, including art fairs in Miami, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Amsterdam, Basel, London, and Paris. She was an artist in residence at the Kohler Arts and Industry Program and Watershed Center and has exhibited in the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Banksy’s Dismaland, and MOCA North Miami and Virginia. Her work has been published in many magazines, books, and as album art. She lives in Portland, OR and is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami. www.katemacdowell.

Pottery & Food: Ware for Elegant Serving and Dining

Richard Burkett & Joe Molinaro, with special guest Chef Freddie Bitsoie
June 24 – 30 (3pm Sunday through 2pm Saturday)

Enjoy a week-long workshop on making ware for food: methods, aesthetics, requirements, and best of all, eating great food on ware you’ve made. Learn new ways of creating pottery that perfectly complements food, ware made by hand or on the potter’s wheel for contemporary cuisine influenced by indigenous and local sources. Chef Freddie Bitsoie will inspire us all with beautiful food prepared especially for the class, from appetizers at the start of the week to a lunch served on class pottery on the final day. He’ll be offering ideas on food presentation throughout the week. Joe and Richard will also share a wide array of international images from markets and cultures to inspire new contemporary pottery form and decoration. We’ll work primarily at cone 6 oxidation, with some other possibilities like reduction and C6 soda firing in the mix.

Skill Level: Skilled beginning to advanced (basic ceramic skills required).
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $95 for clay and materials, firing costs, and catering by Chef Bitsoie (at opening class reception Sunday, June 24 and lunch Saturday, June 30)
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Richard Burkett has more than 45 years of experience in ceramics, loves both food and pottery, and has studied ceramics around the world, often with Joe Molinaro. Richard has worked in a wide range of ceramics processes. Richard is the author of HyperGlaze glaze software and the coauthor of the 6th edition of Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook. He is currently Professor of Art-Ceramics at San Diego State University. www.richardburkett.com

Joe Molinaro, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, has exhibited his artwork extensively both in the US and abroad. He holds a BS from Ball State University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. A recipient of two Fulbright Awards, Joe has been conducting research in the Amazon region of Ecuador for the past 25 years and has produced both writings and video documentaries on the subject. He regularly contributes writings on the ceramic arts for national and international ceramic publications, and currently lives and maintains a studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.joemolinaro.com

Chef Freddie Bitsoie see bio under Native American Cuisine

Pottery Boot Camp

David Delgado & Sam Lopez
July 2–7

Come build or improve your technical skill for making functional pottery on a potter’s wheel! Cups, bowls, plates, pitchers, teapots, and more. This is about structure, wet clay, making lots of pots, and building muscle memory. Each day David and Sam will introduce new techniques for throwing, trimming, and decorating greenware. Learn about tool maintenance and practical studio concerns, discuss form and look at works of master potters to better understand the mechanics of what makes them structurally sound and invites you to want to use them.

You will leave with bisqued pots. There will be one Cone 10 reduction firing with the possibility of a Cone 6 oxidation firing. You will bring 5-10 small to medium sized pre-bisqued pieces made from cone 10 clay for firings. Bisqueware will be provided for testing glazes and for beginning throwers. Bring your questions, source material, tools, or any other curiosities.

Skill Level: Beginners to experienced potters.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $65, includes cone 10 stoneware clay, slips, underglazes, glazes, firings, use of shared tools and supplies; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 12 students

David Delgado earned his BFA in Sculpture at California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco. David is the glaze technician and a faculty member at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley. He has shown in the San Francisco area and throughout Southern California. David lives in Berkeley, CA.

Sam Lopez is a potter living in San Diego, California. He is a part time ceramics instructor at Riverside City College where he teaches both pottery and the long history that comes with ceramic art. He works in porcelain and makes sturdy pots that can withstand rigorous use while providing a pop of color into daily ritual. Sam has worked with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program since 2012.

Native American Pottery Courses
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Cahuilla Style Pottery

Tony Soares
June 18-22

Pottery has been made for more than 1,000 years in Southern California. Learn how to collect and mix clay, then create the beautiful ollas used by the Cahuilla people of Southern California to store food and water. On day one of this workshop, take a field trip to clay sites where you will learn how to carefully extract the clay from the deposits. In the afternoon, begin processing the clays for pottery making. For the next two days, you will make pinch pots and coil pots using the paddle and anvil technique, using both the collected clay and other clay samples Tony will provide. Learn to make the natural pigment paints used to decorate the pots, and finally, fire the pots. In this summer art camp, Tony will discuss a range of topics including how to make and use a simple urban brick and charcoal briquette kiln, paintbrush making, fire-starting by friction, and making palm frond rings (pottery stands).

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab Fee: $65 includes materials, field trip, use of all tools and shared materials such as screens and metates; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Tony Soares learned the fundamentals of pottery from his grandmother at age 7, starting a more than 30-year journey to revive the fading art of olla making. Though not of Cahuilla descent, he has helped revive the art of Cahuilla pottery making through his experimentation with local clays and indigenous handbuilding techniques. His pottery is displayed in art galleries and museums including the Tahquitz Canyon Museum. Tony shares his knowledge to ensure that Native American pottery making is never lost. He has taught at many venues including the Agua Caliente Band of the Desert Cahuilla of Palm Springs and the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River, AZ.

Hopi-Tewa Pottery

Dorothy Ami
June 25-30
One-week session-includes Saturday a.m. firing

Learn the traditional Hopi method of creating polychrome pottery, including coil building, stone burnishing, painting with natural pigments, and firing. Process and prepare raw clay for pottery making and prepare beeweed plant for black paint. Experiment with the Hopi-Tewa gray clay, as well as the yellow ochre clay that Nampeyo often used. See demonstrations of slipping techniques using white kaolin and yellow ochre, and learn separate firing techniques for gray and yellow ochre pots.

Because our long-time Hopi-Tewa Pottery instructor Mark Tahbo is no longer with us, we are honored to have one of his most talented and successful apprentices teach the workshop. His cousin Dorothy Ami will be carrying on Mark’s 20+ year tradition here at Idyllwild Arts. She will provide natural clays and paints from the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. You will make up to three small pieces of pottery in this careful examination of the delicate process of Hopi pottery making and the cultural foundation from which the art is inspired.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome
Tuition: $735
Lab Fee: $55, includes clays, natural paint pigments, and firing materials; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Dorothy Ami (Hopi-Tewa) is from the village of Polacca at First Mesa. She began practicing the art of Hopi-Tewa pottery in 1986 under her cousin and innovator of Hopi pottery, Mark Tahbo. She later went on to win several awards in competitions, including the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Annual Hopi Show, NAU Road Scholar Program, and other private organizations. Dorothy has been featured in many publications, including Talking with Clay in the 21st Century and Hopi Tiles.