Throwing & Altering Clay Vessels

July 22 - July 26


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This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Throwing & Altering Clay Vessels

Throwing & Altering Clay Vessels

Form, function, and aesthetics are all important when creating clay vessels. A balance of these components work together to enhance the process of creating well-designed vessels of clay as well as leading to well-executed artwork (finished artwork).

Conner will throw and alter a variety of forms (and add slab components to many) to create the specific aesthetic desired.  He will demonstrate and discuss related topics during this process – which will include aesthetics, philosophy, design, influences, technical issues and business practices. The atmosphere is relaxed and questions/discussions are encouraged.

The format of the workshop will be demonstration of forms/techniques by Conner, followed by participants engaging in hands-on work as Conner assists individuals with these specific forms/techniques. Participants are welcome to practice the demonstrated technique or to alter the techniques to fit their specific aesthetic. Conner will help each participant in the manner most useful to the participant.

The workshop will progress daily as the forms created on day-one will be added to and altered as the week progresses. Specific components are added to the multi-component pieces as the vessel develops. These processes will include throwing, pulling, adding, altering and trimming of wheel-thrown and slab components.

During the entire workshop Conner will discuss technical, aesthetic and structural components of his art as well as his method of firing (single-firing) and glazing in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: Intermediate and Advanced
  • Course Prerequisites: Ability to center and pull a cylinder.

Price: $855

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Conner Burns is a studio artist in Natchez, Mississippi.

It was not the theatre or museums he visited during his youth - but the art that filled his childhood home that produced his feeling that ‘art is part of life rather than simply entertainment’.

Click here to read more about CONNER BURNS

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