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Modifying Clay Bodies & Deconstructing Ceramic Surfaces

  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center 5263 Owl Creek Road Snowmass Village, CO 81615 USA (map)


Begin with a basic clay form, and end with a unique, expressive piece in this two-week course that explores ways to alter our ceramic works. We start with basic hand building techniques to create clay wares. We focus on methods of altering clay bodies using a wide range of additives. We mix and layer with techniques for altering wet clay surfaces. Students also learn about post-fired surface treatment such as grinding and polishing techniques and approaches for armature assemblies of multiples. The results are exciting new takes on age-old clay constructs, making this course ideal for anyone who wants to apply new perspectives to their craft.

Media & Techniques:

We work with stoneware clays, mid-range and low-fire glazes, and oxidation and reduction firings. Students explore post-fired sanding, grinding and multiple glaze firing approaches.


Morning and afternoon demonstrations are complemented with dedicated work time, slide talks and field trips.


Brad Miller’s work can be found in the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum and National Museum of American Art. He is represented by the Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, and Edward Cella Art and Architecture Gallery, Los Angeles.

Michael Sherrill’s primary influence is rooted in the North Carolina folk pottery tradition. In 2002, he was a featured artist at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum of American Craft. In 2003, Michael was honored as Artist of the Year by the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, N.C.