Friday Night Template Workshop, Whiskey and Sake Tasting

with Nadine Sobel

Friday, November 8, 7-10pm

Make two small cups using templates – perfect for use with whisky or sake! Once you make your template (and put away the knives!) enjoy a whiskey and sake tasting while completing your work. Choose your glaze and then pick up the finished pieces in 2-3 weeks. No prior experience with clay is required! 

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Structure and Surface: Slab Building and Glazing with Rob Raphael

2 Session Workshop: November 9 & 23, 10am - 4pm

This workshop covers slab construction with special attention given to the ways in which glaze and form interact. Techniques include paper templates and tab/slot. Learn how these slab building techniques intertwine with glazing techniques including masking, glaze inlay, layering, and more.  

In the first session of this workshop, students will learn different techniques of slab construction with specific attention given to the ways in which glaze and form interact. The workshop will cover methods of building including paper templates, tab/slot, and utilizing the varying qualities of clay determined by stages of dryness. Slabs will become a vehicle for structure, a plane to experiment with ornamentation, and a surface that glaze will coat and accentuate. Students will have the opportunity to build one object no larger than 9”x9”x15”.

In the second session, students will learn and experiment with how these slab building techniques intertwine with glazing. Various methods of creating surfaces with glaze will be demonstrated, including masking, glaze inlay, layering, and more. Robert will present a powerpoint of his work as well as artists that are using glaze in exciting and innovative ways. Students will also have the opportunity to glaze the objects they created from the previous session.

By the end of the workshop, students will gain an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between surface and form. The bisque and glaze firing of one object no larger than 9” x 9” x 15” is included in the workshop fee.

Rob Raphael is a Brooklyn based artist. His ceramic sculptures utilize unique slab construction methods to create forms on which glaze interacts to form a dynamic bond. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004 and his BFA from RISD in 2000. Recent exhibitions include: Depth of Surface, Honey Ramka, NY; Symposium, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Ceramics: A Concept of Function, LMAK Gallery, NY; and Torn and Fired, Outlet, NY, When the Conkers Arrive, Norte Maar, Spring Break Art Fair, New York, NY.

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Touching Land: In Conversation at BKLYN CLAY

BKLYN CLAY partners with Touching Land and Carolina Rubio-MacWright to host a 2-class “in conversation” series. Each session will bring together immigrant and New York-based communities, providing a space to discuss and reflect on our diverse experiences in the current socio-political climate. The objective of this series is to create a space for neighbors to make connections within their diverse community and talk with people with whom they may not have otherwise interacted. Throughout the first evening, participants will make slab-built plates to commemorate the shared techniques, experience, and ideas. In the second evening, we will glaze those works as we continue our conversation.

Your ticket price covers the cost of the instructor, materials, firing, translators, and allows for both you and an immigrant community member to be at the workshop.


November 7 & 21 7-9pm

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