Cost: $ 349
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This spring, Higher Fire will host a three day hands-on participation workshop with Lauren Smith!

MAY 3-5, 2019  

[9 seats available - ENROLL

Lauren will demonstrate her methods for wheel-throwing porcelain and adding ruffled & scalloped surface designs on a variety of forms.  Lauren shares her methods for creating sensual shapes, handles, and knobs.  We will also spend a day on spray-glazing, techniques for layering color and adding complexity to glaze surfaces.  Participants will bring bisqueware to the workshop (must be made of cone 10 clay) and participate in a group firing.

DAY 1:  Glazing -- Lauren discusses glaze strategy, how to layer glazes by spraying, and what it means to create your own voice in clay.  Participants will spray-glaze the bisque-ware that they brought to the workshop.  Bring bisque-ware made of cone 10 clay only.  A kiln will be loaded by the end of the 1st day.  Potluck dinner & slideshow discussion of Lauren's work complete our first evening.

DAYS 2-3:  Throwing/Altering -- Lauren demonstrates several of her signature forms, and students get to work on the pottery wheels.  Late Sunday afternoon we unload the kiln, and everyone takes home their new pieces (as well as new glaze recipes and myriad of new skills). 

Workshop runs Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, 10am – 6pm daily.  Includes 25lbs porcelain, daily demonstrations, hands-on support.  Everyone has their own pottery wheel.  Participants enjoy studio access (early to late evening) each day, morning breakfast spread, and coffee & tea.  Bring your own lunch. 

Max enrollment is 18.

Born and raised in Rockwell, Texas, Lauren earned her MFA in ceramics from UNT.  During her graduate studies, she was a resident artist at Center Street Clay where she worked alongside Steven Hill, a renowned artist known for his spraying techniques which have been adopted and incorporated into Lauren's own glazing process.  During the summer of 2014, Lauren relocated to Montana.  Recently, she's been a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation as well as Red Lodge Clay Center.  For the past year, she has been a production potter for Emily Free-Wilson of Free Ceramics and is currently teaching a community ceramics class at the Archie Bray. Lauren continues to pursue teaching workshops, showing nationally, and networking with local Montana Clay artists.

Higher Fire welcomes nationally recognized clay artists and local superstars for workshops and lectures. Workshops are generally held on weekends and are open to clay artists of all levels. We strive to make all our workshops highly interactive and inclusive of hands-on practice time.

Workshop Registration and Refund Policies:

  • Tuition due in full at time of registration
  • Tuition is refundable until two weeks before the workshop, less a $25 non-refundable registration fee
  • Workshops with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled and payment fully refunded

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