Rosalie Midyette Workshop
SKU: Midyette WS
“Single Slab Shells"
– Constructing Strong, Hollow Forms from Slabs or Thrown Parts
– Two Day Workshop with Rosalie Midyette
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, March 25, 2018
Slabs of clay are commonly used for flat, or slightly rounded forms, but in this workshop, we are going to twist and turn them. Slab construction is a useful technique because you can start and finish a project relatively quickly, but it can also be tricky to fire without cracks. Proper support and compression are the key to this building style, which can be utilized in small and large-scale construction.
This class focuses on stretching and carving your work into a dynamic, flowing form, starting with a single slab of clay or adding on to thrown forms. You will learn to work with two consistencies of clay on the same piece, very wet clay to leather hard. Demonstrations of slab preparation, attaching, stretching and carving will be shown to guide students as they apply techniques to their own pieces. Students will have a chance to prepare terra sigillata and see how Rosalie uses it as a complementary finish on her own work. A discussion of additional surface treatments will support student completion of projects after the workshop.
Students should bring in found objects for sculptural inspiration. Throwing students should also bring in vessels that are soft leather hard.
Rosalie Midyette graduated with a BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville. She currently works in her private downtown Raleigh studio. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and juried shows across the State, and she was awarded “Best in Show, Sculpture” in November of 2016 at Bank of the Arts Juried Exhibition in New Bern.
Tools & Supplies: Workshop fee includes clay for students. However, students should bring standard clay tools. Bring a lunch, or plan on lunch nearby. Participants are welcome to work in the studio Saturday evening.
Optional purchase at Claymakers:
$20 for firing workshop pieces at Claymakers
Saturday Morning - Introduction to the workshop, begin producing parts, preparing slabs for afternoon; Discussion of work in gallery, inspirations, and problems encountered during construction
Saturday Afternoon – Support demo for curved forms and adding clay. By the end of the day your work should start to take shape, with curves and gesture for you to refine the following day. Terra sig demonstration.
Sunday Morning –Continue student work and demonstrations.
Sunday Afternoon Siphon terra sig, teacher will demonstrate on bone dry work made before the workshop. Slips can be applied to enhance textures on leather hard work. Talk about smoke/raku/other firing. Individual instruction for with students on finishing details.
WORKSHOPS - STUDENT CANCELLATION, WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: If you withdraw from a workshop two weeks prior to the first day, tuition will be refunded except for a $25 non-refundable registration fee. No refunds will be made after this date. No refunds or credits will be given for missed classes.
CANCELLATIONS: We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule workshops to adjust for enrollment. If a workshop is cancelled, you will be offered the option of a full refund.
ACCEPTANCE: You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our classes and workshops, or have permission to attend in advance of registration (unless the class or workshop is specified for younger people). When we receive your registration, you will receive email confirmation. If a class is full, you may contact Claymakers to be placed on a waiting list