In this 2-day class, students will create functional pottery through handbuilding and surface decorating techniques. Through demonstrations, guided exercises, and looking at historical pottery forms and contemporary illustration, we will spark ideas as we strive to create more personal pots and surfaces. We will examine methods of translating shapes on paper into 3D clay and pottery forms using soft midrange white clay with stamps/templates/molds made from wood, craft foam and bisqued clay. After forming, students will embellish surfaces with imagery and pattern through low-relief, texture, underglaze inlay, sgraffito, brushwork and combined techniques on leather hard clay. This class will focus primarily on handbuilding , but some wheel-throwing demonstrations will be integrated. Bring your sketchbook and be ready to experiment with some new techniques. Open to all levels, although some experience with clay will be helpful. The focus of this course will be developing ideas and skills to springboard your personal practice. At the conclusion of the class, students can expect to take home their designed templates and several greenware pieces.