VINCE PITELKA: Tricks of the Trade: Handbuilding

July 3 - July 7



Vince Pitelka, ceramics, TTU Photo Services Studio, March 31, 2009   TTU Photo/John Lucas

VINCE PITELKA: Tricks of the Trade: Handbuilding

In our technological world, studio artists are easily seduced by tools and machinery, assuming the product of their endeavors will be improved. In ceramics, that can be misleading. The Potter’s wheel is appropriate for certain forms, while handbuilding offers unlimited possibilities in symmetrical and asymmetrical form. This workshop helps participants handbuild with a sense of adventure and discovery through focused exploration of pinch, coil, and slab construction in forms such as mugs, covered boxes, and large vase/jar forms. No previous experience is required, but this workshop is appropriate for clay-workers of any skill level. That includes those most familiar with throwing, because every potter benefits from an adventurous inclination to use handbuilding in interesting ways. Primary emphasis is on efficient design, construction, and decoration of handbuilt forms. A number of digital slide shows will introduce a range of important historical and contemporary handbuilt form and technique.

Course Fee: $650        Supply Fee: $22        Student Supply List: PITELKAStudentSupplies2017

Course tuition includes lunch and two snacks.  Prices include all applicable taxes.

Vince Pitelka has been professionally involved in ceramics for over forty years. After ten years as a studio potter in California, Vince received his MFA in ceramics at the UMass-Amherst, where he became fascinated with pattern development in ceramics with colored clays and bisque-stamps. Vince has taught at Northeastern University and North Dakota State University, and for the past twenty-three years at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, where he runs the Clay Program. Vince is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has exhibited work and taught workshops nationally and internationally. His column “Tool Times” appears quarterly in Clay Times magazine, and the second edition of his book Clay: A Studio Handbook was published in 2016 by the American Ceramic Society.

This workshop is currently FULL. Please contact the MISSA office at if you would like to be added to the wait list.


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  • Accommodations

    Staying on campus is recommended to fully experience a creative immersion. All rooms are set up in a dorm style with four beds, each with a desk and closet space, on the same floor as a central washroom with shower facilities. Rooms are available in double or quad occupancy and you have an option to request a specific roommate. Please contact the MISSA office if you have any special requests.  Accommodation costs include breakfast and dinner and lunch and two snack breaks are included in your course fees. See the Accommodation page for more details.

    • 660 $
    • 550 $

    We will do our best to accommodate your preference, but space will be based on availability.

    We will try to accommodate your preference but placement will depend upon space available.

    If you are sharing a quadruple occupancy and desire more than one shared occupant please list in order for both name and workshop and separate with a comma.

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