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Past Workshops

Shimpo Ceramics Workshop

with Karen Wise

June 8th 10:00-2:00
$ 25.00
(Braintree, MA location)

June 9th 10:00-2:30
$ 25.00
(Portland,ME location)

Karen Wise received her Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she majored in Art and Secondary education and Middle School education with an emphasis in studio ceramics. Karen currently works for Shimpo Ceramics, a pottery equipment manufacturer, full time. She travels the U.S. giving pottery demonstrations on her artwork with slide shows on historical and contemporary artists and techniques. Her pieces are displayed at shows across the country. She currently resides in Seattle, WA but can be found in numerous states across the US throughout the year.

Karen will talk about the history of Shimpo Ceramics while she demonstrates throwing various forms on the Whisper wheel. As well as her carving technique with glaze inlay, a little handbuilding and quadruple-layer glaze technique on her new bourgeoisie line of pieces.


Hands-On Porcelain

With Martha Grover

May 19th • 10am-4pm
Price $85 ($65 Students)

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. In this hands-on workshop, Martha will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities. Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed, as well as the use of a spray gun for glaze application. Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices.
Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel Maine, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After a fifth year in ceramics at Syracuse University, Martha went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
After graduate school, she was awarded multiple residencies and fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Sage Scholarship and Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation , and a yearlong residency at Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work can be found at many galleries across the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue.


Creating a Series w/ Tom DeYoung

Saturday April, 28th 10AM – 2:30 PM

Have you wanted to create your own set of mugs, cups, dinner ware…? Have you thought, “I can’t make two pots that look alike, never mind being close in size.” This workshop will work to; set up your “office/desk”, building your skills to be more consistent, creating what is in your head and on your paper, and finishing the series. This workshop will provide demonstrations of creating mugs, bowls, handles, lids; to provide you with habits and exercises that build your skills, fine tune your skills and help find what makes your pieces unique yet the “same.” Come with ideas and drawings of at least one series that you want to create.

Tom DeYoung has a B.A. in art education with ceramics focus from Adrian College. Tom worked for two major production potteries as a potter for over five years, making their pots. Tom now works on his own creations as Blue Point Pottery, with commissions for; a local brewery, businesses and individuals, and working in high school special education.

$65/ $45 Students


Date Night: Throwin’ Mugs


Wednesday April 25th • 6:00pm-9:00pm
Reservations Required
Couples will throw cups on the wheel and learn to attach handles to make their own unique mugs. Participants will choose colors for their pots to be glazed. The workshop will be followed by a candle lit dinner prepared by our in-house Chef. Mugs will be available for pick up in two weeks. Singles Welcome!

To Start:
Baby Green & Berry Salad
crumbled goat cheese, toasted almonds, and apricots
with chocolate balsamic vinegar

Choice of Entree:
Parmesan Crusted Halibut
over asparagus with lemon pepper risotto

Marinated Chimichurri Flank Steak
with cilantro, parsley, oils served with a side of pesto pistachio pasta and seared tomatoes

Pasta Primavera
(gluten free pasta available)

To Finish:
Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart
with coffee gelato
OR
Spumoni
with Claret sauce & pistachio short bread

$85 per person • Gratuity, tax, beverages included • Pre-Payment Encouraged
We can accommodate special dietary needs, please let us know when making reservations
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness


Marketing Pottery Online w/ Milly Welsh

Saturday April 14th, 10 AM – 2:30 PM

Milly Welsh of Zebralove Web Solutions is an expert at web development, Search Engine Optimization and she’s also a potter! Getting a web presence and selling online seems really daunting but Milly can break it down for you in easy to digest bites. Plus, it includes a handout so whatever you don’t remember, you can take with you and re-read later!

Topics Covered…
Why you should have a website, how to get one without breaking the bank and what elements need to be included for it to be the most successful
Best practices for selling on Etsy
SEO: How to optimize your products for the web and on Etsy
How to use social media to promote your business and increase sales


Teapot Workshop with Meryl Ruth

Saturday April 7, 2018 , 10 AM – 2:30 PM

This workshop will give you Techniques and tips for creating a teapot. Meryl will explain her creative process through examples of her work and demonstrations. She will show you that anything and everything as a potential teapot.
This workshop will inspire you to create super creative teapots!!

$65 / $45 Students


Carving the Surface with Simon “Siem” Van der Ven

In this one-day workshop, Simon “Siem” van der Ven will cover two specific techniques drawn directly from his body of work. He will show how draws an accurate grid onto the surface of a pot and will demonstrate how he throws double-walled forms. If workshop participants are interested in trying these techniques under guidance they are encouraged to bring a piece of leather-hard greenware and the following tools:

New pencil

Compass

Heat gun

Throwing stick

Calipers

Other favorite throwing tools


Singles Soiree – Clay, Wine & Dessert

LETS GET DOWN AND DIRTY !

Wednesday February 14th, 8-10pm, $40
Come get down and dirty in the Portland Pottery studios. Spend the evening creating one of a kind clay pieces, experience the pottery wheel, play some clay games and laugh a lot.
We will celebrate with wine, beer and an assortment of delicious Portland Pottery Café scratch made desserts.


Valentine’s Date Night


Clay Workshop & 4 Course Candle Light Dinner
Wednesday February 14th, 6-9 pm, $85 per person
Start your evening in the Portland Pottery studios working on the pottery wheel and creating some unique and memorable clay pieces. It will be a lot of fun with music, pictures, laughing and great teachers who will foster your creative spirit. Your clay pieces will be ready for pick up the following week.
Class will be followed by a special four course meal served in our adjoining café. Chef Brian Grossman will prepare salad, appetizers, dessert and a trio of entrees for you to choose from.
Wine, beer, coffee and gratuity are all included. You will not be disappointed.
Space is limited, please reserve your space.

 

VALENTINES MENU LENA’S 

1st Course: 

Arancini – Mozzarella, Spicy Red Sauce, Basil, Shaved Parmesan

Oyster Rockefeller- Pernod, Spinach, Parsley, Parmesan, Gluten Free Breadcrumbs

2nd Course:

  Salad – Roasted Beets, Pickled Beets, Greens, Candied Walnuts, Chevre, White Balsmic Vin.

3rd Course:

Veal Osso Bucco – Red wine braised Veal, Confit Potatoes, Roasted Carrots

Eggplant Roulade– Ricotta & Confit Tomato Stuffed Eggplant, Herbed Panko, House Red Sauce, Gnocchi

Lobster– Butter poached lobster, Lobster ravioli with Vodka sauce, Parmesan, EVOO

4th Course ( Dessert ) 

Chef’s Choice – Assorted Dessert Platter

 


Portland Pottery February Vacation Week !

February Vacation Week at Portland Pottery !   

Check out the schedule to sign up for our exciting classes !  Pre-registration is required ! 

Pottery Wheel: Learn how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. Experienced instructors will demonstrate throwing techniques and assist students individually.

Fairy Houses: Create your own fairy house out of clay. Add textures and lots of details to your whimsical dwellings that will be perfect for any fairy! They will be glaze fired and look great in the garden !!

Pet Bowl Decorating: Campers will choose a pet bowl to decorate for their favorite critter. We will use underglazes of all different colors to create a unique pet bowl. Bowls will be glazed and fired for pickup at the end of the week.

Snowman Rattles: Do you want to build a snowman?? Learn how to make adorable snowman out of pinchpots. Details and textures will be added for a wonderful winter friend !

Glass Pendants: Students will work to create pendants from colored glass. In this workshop we will cover glass cutting and polishing. The students will assemble projects, which will then be fused in our kiln.  Cost for this class is $20.

Coilpot bowls: Create a swirly bowl made out of coils. Learn how to join coils together for a unique designed bowl.

Pinchpot Monsters: Learn how to create a pinchpot and then turn it into a unique silly or scary Monster!

Clay Castles: They say that your home is your castle. In this workshop you can create the clay castle that you would want to live in !

Rings of Silver: Create your own sterling silver ring! Use metalsmithing equipment and learn how to form and solder. This is a great metalsmithing class. Cost for this class is $20. (Ages 8 and up)

Clay Fish: Create a fish sculpture out of clay, real or imagined! Add lots of textures and designs for a super unique fish !

Clay Whistles: Learn how to make a clay whistle! Each one will have its own amazing sound !


Animal Sculpting with Rebecca Hillman

Saturday & Sunday, January 27th & 28th, 10-1pm Daily $65
Artist Rebecca Hillman will be joining us to talk about her sculptures, her inspiration and her techniques. This will be a hands-on workshop and students will have an opportunity to sculpt a
6 -12” animal of their choice. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures, samples and even models of their intended subjects. Day one will be spent creating the parts and base of the sculptures. Day two will be used to assemble the parts, add details and complete the finished pieces. Extra studio time to work on the sculptures will be available Saturday from 9am -5pm and Sunday 9am -2pm.
Sculptures will be fired.


Clay Chicken!

Our first cooking & sculpting class will be held in the café.
Wed January 24th, 3-6pm, $65
A whole chicken, seasoned, wrapped, covered in clay. Sculpted, decorated and baked. Each student will prepare their own whole chicken to take home for an evening meal using an age-old technique of “cooking with clay”. Chef Chris will teach students how to prepare a whole bird and guide them through the process of covering the bird with wet clay. Students will decorate their bird by sculpting and painting with food safe colorants. You will be taught how to open the clay shell and students will taste an earlier prepared version of the dish. We will also be preparing a side dish of potato. Exciting, fun and delicious.


Kid’s Workshops

Martin Luther King Day Workshops !     $ 15.00 a class or a full day for  $ 65.00 

Monday – 1/15/18
9:00-10:15  Pottery Wheel – Learn how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. Experienced instructors will demonstrate throwing techniques and assist students individually. Pieces will be glazed fired and ready for pick up with in 2 weeks.

10:30-11:45 Snowman Rattles – Celebrate winter with these fun creative sculptures.  Learn how to make Snowman Rattles with pinchpots. Add some carving, textures and designs for a very unique winter friend ! Pieces will be ready for pick up within 2 weeks.

LUNCH BREAK – Please order from our Camper Menu or pack a bag lunch, no glass please.

12:30-1:45 Pet Bowl Decorating – Children will choose a pet bowl to decorate for their favorite critter. We will use underglazes of all different colors to create a unique pet bowl.  Extra bowls to paint are for sale.  Bowls will be glazed and fired for pickup with in 2 weeks.

2:00-3:15 Pottery Wheel – Learn how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. Experienced instructors will demonstrate throwing techniques and assist students individually. Pieces will be glazed fired and ready for pick up with in 2 weeks.

3:30-4:45 Valentine’s Day Boxes – Learn how to use slabs to create a love-ly box for your favorite valentine ! Pieces will be fired and ready for pick up within 2 weeks.

 


Do you want to build a snowman? Pinchpot Workshop

November 30th    6:30-8:00
Learn how to make snowman rattles with pinchpots.  Add some carving, texture and designs for a very unique holiday snowman.   They will be fired and ready to pick up by Christmas.

25.00 a person

Adult snowball fight with wine  or BYOB.

Call or email to register!

karend@portlandpottery.com


Black Friday Kids Workshop

BLACK FRIDAY , NOVEMBER 24th

Need a FUN place for your child to go while you do your Christmas shopping ?

PORTLAND POTTERY IS THE PLACE TO GO !!

We will make LOTS of Christmas gifts with your child while you get those awesome Black Friday deals!

Wheel throwing, Ornaments, Glass pendants, Candle holders & more!
Ages 6 & up       $50.00 for a full day    $30.00 9:00-1:00 or 1:00-5:00


Kintsukuroi “Golden Repair” Workshop

November 17th     1:30-3:30

Broken Pots ? Learn how to mend pottery with gold.
Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or  platinum. The philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.  Bring your own pottery pieces otherwise we will have some available to break and mend.
Modern materials will be used.
Pieces will be decorative use only.
Ceramic knowledge isn’t neccessary.
Tuition: $25.00 a person
Call to Register !


Ceramic Decals

with Mary K Spencer

Saturday, November 4 10:00-2:30

Using images (photos or scanned drawings, prints, and already made decals) work on collaging onto a finish glazed piece of pottery. If you have a favorite photo or print bring it on a thumb drive and we can convert this into a black and white image to then print on ceramic decal paper. The decals are water slide, like a temp. tattoo, and placed onto the pottery piece. The piece is then fired a third time allowing the glaze to soften and marry the decal making a permanent image on the piece. It’s fun and more fun!!
$65.00 (Portland Pottery Students $45.00)


Portland Pottery Pumpkin Party!

Portland, ME

Saturday, October 21 • 11am – 12:30pm • $25

Learn how to make terracotta pumpkins with pinchpots. Add some carving, texture and designs for very unique fall pumpkins. They will be fired and ready to pick up by Halloween.
$ 25.00 a person
All are welcome to this spooktacular party!


Basic Kiln Repair & Operation KilnLink Monitoring System

with Mike Sievers of Skutt Kilns
Braintree, MA – Monday, October 9 • 4pm – 6pm • $30
Portland, ME – Tuesday, October 10 • 4pm – 6pm • $30

Join Portland Pottery and Skutt Kilns as we discuss how to operate, maintain, and repair your electric kiln. Learn more about Skutt’s new KilnLink Monitoring System that allows you to check the status of your kiln from anywhere you have internet access.

Operation
We will talk about features your kiln has that you may not even have known existed. Features that allow you to fuse glass, slow cool for interesting glaze effects, troubleshoot electrical problems and a lot more. Learn about the importance of pre-heating and hold times. Learn how to properly load your kiln so every piece comes out perfect. We will also discuss the importance of venting and how to set up your kiln room.

Maintenance
We will cover a few basic maintenance tips that can add years of life to your kiln. Learn how to properly kiln wash your shelves, tighten the bands, and significantly increase the life of your elements. Repair You will be surprised how easy it is to make basic repairs on your kiln. We will give hands on instruction on how to change a thermocouple, replace worn out elements and install new brick. Learn how to properly diagnose kiln problems and how to make changes to correct defects in your glaze. Every participant will leave with a free quick reference firing poster!


Kiln Repair & Maintenance

with Sam Thomason

Date Recently Changed!– Saturday, June 17th 10:00am-2:30pm

Learn all about proper maintenance and repair for electric kilns. Our repair technician will discuss overall kiln maintenance, diagnosing kiln problems, error codes, and replacement parts. Demonstrations will include test firing, replacement of elements, thermocouples and relays.

$65.00($45.00 for students)


Basic Design Transfer Using Slips & Underglazes

with Anne Willett
Friday May 19, 2017, 10:00-2:30
$65 ($45 for students)

This Workshop is intended for all potters from beginners to experienced who are interested in basic image/design transfer techniques. We will use slips and underglazes to create transfers. This is a hands on workshop preparing slabs of clay, preparing several transfers and applying to the slabs. Using your unique design to create a functional work of art!


Surface Decoration

with Peter Jones
April 22nd – 10am-2pm
$65 ($45 for students)

Surface decoration on pottery pieces can take place at nearly anytime in the production process. Decorative alterations can take place before the clay is even placed on the wheel head! From throwing a pot on the wheel through trimming, adding surface texture, carving, overlaying surface texture to working on a bone dry pot, bisque fired wares, glazing techniques and post firing alterations, the options are almost limitless. This four hour workshop will show hands-on alteration and decorative techniques from start to finish. Peter Jones has been a potter for 45 years and is happy to pass along his knowledge that he has acquired during that time.


Hands-on Porcelain

with Martha Grover
March 11th • 10am-4pm
$85 ($65 Students)
Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. In this hands-on workshop, Martha will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities. Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed, as well as the use of a spray gun for glaze application. Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices.

Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel Maine, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After a fifth year in ceramics at Syracuse University, Martha went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After graduate school, she was awarded multiple residencies and fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Sage Scholarship and Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation , and a yearlong residency at Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work can be found at many galleries across the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue.


Dry Throwing

with Ayumi Horie
March 4th • 10am-2pm
$65 ($45 Students)
Local potter and activist, Ayumi Horie, gives her first workshop in Portland. After giving an overview of her work, including Portland Brick, her collaborative public art project based in the India St neighborhood, she’ll move on to the wheel. Throwing without water may sound impossible, but Ayumi has used “Dry Throwing” as a viable method to make pots for more than 20 years. Bowls and plates will be covered, along with surface decoration techniques such as mishima, sgraffito, and waterslide decals.

Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter in Portland, Maine who makes functional pottery with drawings of animals and typography, inspired by American and Japanese folk traditions and comics. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow grant from United States Artists. She runs Pots In Action, a curatorial project on Instagram that features international ceramics and guest hosts from all over the world. Her collaborative public art project, Portland Brick, repairs city sidewalks with bricks made from local clay stamped with past, contemporary, and future memories of Portland. In 2011, she was the first recipient of Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year award. Ayumi travels nationally and internationally to give lectures and workshops on social media and ceramics and has organized multiple online fundraisers including Obamaware in 2008 and Handmade For Japan in 2011, which has raised over $100,000 for disaster relief. Currently, she’s working on The Democratic Cup, a political fundraiser which raised money for progressive nonprofits and sought to catalyze conversation through collaborative cups made by 32 artists. She has served on multiple boards including that of the Archie Bray Foundation and currently the American Craft Council and accessCeramics.org.


Finding Strategies to Break Boredom

w/ Maureen Mills

January 28th • 10am-2pm
$65
($45 Students)

How can you work with your favorite form and develop it for surface treatments or transform it into the next idea? What about using your favorite motif? How many ways can you imagine using that motif? And how do you get there? These are questions that take practice answering, and that’s the beauty of exploring this medium! Each student should bring in one or two of their favorite forms, one that you have made. If you don’t have one we’ll start with a sketch. We’ll start looking at form, brainstorming and thinking about techniques you can implement to further transform your work. I’ll do throwing demonstrations, and some surface work, to illustrate some concepts and get the ideas flowing!