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Chapter 2 : Workshops

In ceramics there are many workshops and lecture opportunities. A workshop experience can help jump start new work, assist you with technical problems, help you find a community or simply work in different studio to invigorate you. It can be a great educational experience outside of school. Many places have generous scholarships for which to apply. Workshops can vary from one day to six weeks. For information about assisting or teaching a workshop please see Chapter 3: being professional in person (

Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking a workshop:

  • Do some research about the person you are going to study with and read the workshop description carefully. They may not be teaching their own techniques.
  • Learning new things involves a lot of trial and error, and loss of work. Do not expect to make and keep a lot of artwork.
  • Work with the facilities and equipment that is already at the art center – the goal is to LEARN rather than duplicate your own facilities.
  • During workshops there is a lot of very condensed learning, often it is a very intense experience.
  • With both the workshop, and the hosting art center, there is an educational experience of both taking and giving. So help out if you can!
  • Often time away from our day to day life brings great reflection and life decisions, remember that you will be returning home when the workshop is over.
  • Have a great time!

There is a lot of discussion about what is or is not appropriate for a students to take from a workshop – can they share handouts from a workshop? Can they use learned techniques and sell the work as their own? Is it different if you are paying to attend a workshop of downloading techniques off of Youtube? These are big questions and are addressed in a lecture called The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This lecture by Harriete Estel Berman is about the impact of the internet. This lecture evaluates the good of the Internet, some bad trends, and a few ugly behaviors that threaten the healthy growth of crafts. It also discusses workshop etiquette.

Many many places have workshops. The Ceramics Monthly April issue usually has an excellent and extensive listing of the upcoming workshops. These are just a very few of the numerous places that host workshops:


Mendocino Art Center
Idyllwild School of Art


Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Carbondale Clay Center
Arvada Center for the Arts


St. Petersburg Clay Company


Lillstreet Art Center
Terra Incognito


Brackers Good Earth Clay


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts


Worcester Center for Crafts


Pewabic Pottery


Northern Clay Center


Red Star Studios Ceramic Center


Archie Bray Foundation
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Red Lodge Clay Center


LUX Center for the Arts

New Mexico

Santa Fe Clay

New York

Clay Art Center
Greenwich House Pottery
Women’s Studio Workshop
92ndStreet Y

North Carolina

Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts
Penland School of Crafts
The Village Potters


The Clay Studio-Philadelphia


Appalachian Center for Crafts
Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts




Vermont Studio Center


Banff Center for the Arts
Harbourfront Centre – Toronto
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts