SSL Certificate

Neil Patterson

June 2015

Throw, Facet, Stretch, Dart! The Wheel as a Creative Tool

Course Description
Discover your personal forms by learning to use the potter’s wheel as a creative tool. Altering wheel thrown parts and developing more articulate forms will continue the creative process. The focus of this workshop will be on exploring form and discovering your own voice in clay, not on finished pieces. (We will bisque fire work to bring home and there will not be any glaze firing.)

Skill Level
Participants should have some throwing experience.

Artist's Biography
Neil Patterson has been making pots for over thirty years. Neil has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He was a Core Fellowship student at Penland for two years and spent a year studying Ceramics at Cardiff University in Wales. He has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and taught part-time at Tyler School of Art for seventeen years. Neil teaches workshops nationally. Together with his wife Sandi Pierantozzi, he maintains a studio in Philadelphia.

Neil’s work strives to show the vitality of clay, especially through the use of texture. Most of his forms are begun on the potter’s wheel and then altered (faceted, ridged, or cut and re-assembled.) In his functional work, Neil wants to make pots that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to use.

Artist's Statement
I make pots that are designed to be used and enjoyed. There is always an evidence of the soft material, clay, often bolstered by a formal or architectural structure. To have an intimate connection to the hand-formed object is vital to a full life. To experience the touch of a potter’s hand while savoring a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is one of life's sublime pleasures.

Artist's Website

Supply List:
  • * Basic Clay Tools: Fettling knife, needle tool, scoring tool (can be a serrated rib), small sponge, calipers, ribs, cutting wire.
  • * X-acto knife with #11 blade
  • * ruler
  • * small brush for slip
  • * scissors
  • * "sureform” (rasp)
  • * notebook or sketchbook and pencil
  • old towels
  • water bucket
  • old credit cards to be cut up for textures on wheel.
* Items marked with an asterisk* are available for purchase in the Shakerag store.
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