Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms

June 25, 2018 - June 29
Steven Hill


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Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms

As experienced throwers hone their skills, they often begin to show an affinity for working more precisely. Precision throwing can lead to sublime beauty or to mechanical repetition that leaves pots a bit stiff. As potters develop their eye along with their technical skills, they sometimes yearn to make forms that breathe – pots that look as though they are still soft and pliable after they are fired.

This workshop will be structured for the potter with at least 5 years of throwing experience, who would like to make more relaxed forms that feel more gestural. You won’t be encouraged to unlearn any of your hard won technique, but rather to expand the ways of gently altering thrown forms.  We will start with drinking vessels and bowls before moving on to larger and slightly more complex forms.

Course cost: $665   Supply fee: $2      STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

Tuition costs include lunch and daily snacks. All prices are in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of applicable taxes.


STEVEN HILL has a BFA from Kansas State University and has been a studio potter since 1975. Although he is probably more known for his sprayed and layered glazing work and his fairly recent conversion to ^6-8 electric firing, he considers form the most important aspect of his work. His pottery is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows and is featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted over 300 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written ten ceramics articles for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO and co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, IL in 2006. Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business!


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