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Workshops

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I do a few workshops and lectures each year. Below, I try to give a general idea of the things I can cover in a workshop. My intention in workshops is to have fun and get a lot done. There is a list of some of the workshops and presentations I've given over the last few years.

 

 

 


 


  • I am concentrating on lectures on a wide range of subjects, and what have been variously called "mentoring workshops" or "problem solving workshops".Â
  • Mentoring/Problem Solving Workshops. Ideally for 8-10 participants with common interests. I act as resource person and facilitator covering a range of topics of interest to the participants. The whole group contributes to problem solving, as well as contact and information sharing. In addition to what I have to offer, we brain storm questions brought up by each participant as a group. Each participant has an allotted time for her/his questions. There is always considerable overlap of interests so a great deal will be gained from the general discussion.

"Thank you for the best mentoring workshop I've ever attended. Your generosity and humility were huge. Your breadth of knowledge is also enormous, spanning the minutiae of pottery clay glazes and techniques all the way to how to connect with large project people and how to make the best grant applications possible. The choices you have made and the life you have consciously chosen were not always easy but they ring with integrity." Colleen Barlow, Vancouver, BC


 

  • Going Big.
    • Approaches to large work
    • Practical issues involved in seeking and producing public commissions from the purely technical to the ins and outs of dealing with developers, engineers, contracts, sub-contractors and the whole cast of characters involved.
  • Health and safety.
    • The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, Monona Rossol. Order through: ACTS, 181 Thompson St. #23 NYC, NY 10012-2586 about 20 bucks (cheap).
    • A.C.T.S. (Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety
    • Clean studio: clean lungs
    • Air-exchange, kiln venting, exhaust fans and hoods, central vacuums (make your own air supplied face mask, work clothes etcetera
  • Marketing, self-promotion and other shameless acts. You are your work.
    • Wholesale. retail, gallery and public exhibitions, craft shows, consignment, commissions, catalogues, free publicity through press releases and events calendars. The importance of mailing lists.
  • Presentation: CV, keeping and organizing portfolios, digital images and more aggravating essentials.
    • Start now, don't worry about the backlog, in two years the old stuff will seem less important.
    • Photographing your work. Do it and keep it organized.
    • Producing catalogues
  • Equipment.
    • Essentials: getting from the idea to the object.
    • "Store bought" or home made. Central vacs, bronze foundry, kilns, annealers, beer, rolling racks, tools, wheels.
    • I have tried: wheels, kilns, grips, pointers, clay mixers, air supplied respirators, pneumatic trash can lifters, rolling racks, buildings, glass bottomed boat, zebra striped truck cap, fold out trailer fair display, central vac, automatic agitators, ball mill, foundry furnace and tools, various tools. Some work well and make sense; some make good stories (ask about the catenary kiln arch form).
    • Air supplied face masks.
  • Fund-raising.
    • Innovative approaches to fund-raising and financing.
    • Pre-selling shows and editions.
  • Grants.
    • Dwindling sources, Canada Council etc. Lotteries with reasonable odds. Frequency of application increases your chances.
  • Competitions
    • Enter often, don't hold your breath, don't take rejection personally.
    • Save some of your best work for future exhibitions and competitions. Make sure you have good images of good work.
  • Technique
    • Metal casting, mold making (ceramic shell, investment and bonded sand). Patinas.
    • Glass casting and slumping.
    • Raku firing using electric kilns. Glazing techniques: resist, spray, sgraffitto, etch and brush etc.

Workshop Rates

sabat3Cost of return transportation from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, International Airport to workshop venue or by train from Moncton, NB.

Cost of meals, transportation and lodging during the workshop and during travel to and from workshop.

Fee: $1,000/day for lectures and workshops plus $350 added to cover time away from studio while travelling. (2 days would be $2,000 plus $350 = $2,350)

I like to tailor my workshops and lectures to the needs of the group. The more information you can give me in advance the better able I am to satisfy your needs. I have a large collection of images depicting my own work and techniques. These often make a good starting point for the workshop.

To contact me about doing a workshop for your group or institution, e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it