Workshops at EarthworksNYC offer a chance to focus intently on one form or technique, such as decorating with colored slips, or weaving a basket from coils of clay. They are usually a short format – one or two sessions – and are useful as an introduction to a new idea or as an intensive exploration, free from distraction.
Summer Majolica Workshops
While we associate the term "majolica" with Italian decorated pottery, the technique first originated in 9th century Mesopotamia. This style of in-glaze painting was practiced throughout the Islamic world, making its way to Europe through Moorish Spain, and taking the name "majolica" from wares shipped through the isle of Majorca. Glossy, opaque majolica glazes are very viscous, so they move very little during firing. This allows us to treat our pots as "canvas", creating intricate, finely detailed and colorful designs that emerge from the glaze firing with every line intact! So bring your bisque-fired pots (wheel-thrown or hand-built) and learn majolica glaze techniques, involving the application of vibrant, transparent stains, oxides and glazes.
NON POTTERS ARE WELCOME! Fee includes one tile; additional tiles will be available for purchase. Potters may supply their own bisque-fired (cone 04) terra-cotta wares for the workshop.
Listed below are some past Workshops we have done here at EarthworksNYC.
Earthwork's Fall wood fire workshop takes place at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey. Potters load their artworks on first day then load wood 24 hours a day through the weekend
Click for our photos from the firing.
Majolica Made Simpler: Floral Motifs
Master Majolica painter Janet Belden's decorating workshop in the centuries-old glaze painting technique which allows for bright, colorful, detailed glaze patterns.
If you feel like some of our glazes are trickier to use than others, you would be correct! Focusing on earthworks trickier glazes only. With a bit of experimenting and a observation, you can master these “tricky glazes”!
Throwing & Altering
Transform wheel-thrown round shapes into oval casseroles, darted vases – and more. Learn how to cut, stretch and manipulate the clay to create dynamic forms that are not bound by symmetry.
Raku is a centuries-old firing technique that originated in Japan for the creation of Tea Ceremony wares. The process is thought to embody the Zen spirit, and is all about embracing the unexpected. Considering the fact that Raku-fired work is not food safe, and it doesn't even hold water, you may ask why we continue to fire this way. The answer is simple: the Raku process lets us experience first-hand the amazing transformation of elements as earth (clay) turns into an object with the help of fire and water! Taking part in a raku firing will give you a deeper understanding of our materials and process… plus, it's really, really fun! The only thing predictable about Raku is… surprise!
In past workshops we have made and bisqued fired our work at EarthworksNYC, then driven together to the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest, NJ, for the firing, using their Raku glazes and kilns.