Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird
  • Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird
  • Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird
  • Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird
  • Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird
  • Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird

Beginner to Advanced Hand Building with Art Baird

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5, 2016-July 28, 2016 from 10AM-1PM

This pottery hand building course is  open to all (including high school students), from beginner to experienced, who are interested in creating ceramic objects without the use of the potter's wheel. The course will explore methods to create containers, wall pieces, tiles and sculpture using the techniques of slab building, coil building, and press molds. 

Keep on creating!

 

Artist Bio
     Art has been working in stoneware and porcelain for over 30 years, striving
to explore the infinite possibilities presented by clay, producing work that ranges from functional ware for daily use to sculptural, nonfunctional pieces.
     In 1973, after a two year internship at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, his wife Cynthia and him purchased an 1870's Victorian Stick Style home, which they have lovingly restored.  His studio is in the old barn behind the house.  He lives in an historic country village near the Adirondacks of northern New York State, where him and his family enjoy canoeing, back packing, hiking, fly fishing and cross country skiing.


    The sights, textures, and  rhythms of the natural world in their garden, in the woods near their  home, and in the Adirondack wilderness shape the way he thinks about his work. He find insights in design, glazing, and surface decoration from Japanese folk pottery,  which is the major influence on his work, and from  19th century American salt glazed pottery.  He mixes his own clay and glazes and build and repair his kilns,  because he believes that mastery of every  aspect of ceramics from raw materials to finished pieces is essential to being a clay artist.  His college degree in geology gives him an understanding of the origins and properties of the powdered clays, rocks, and minerals he uses in his clay and glaze recipes.

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