Seminar Suggestions and Topics:
Sample 45 Minutes to 60 Minutes Power Point Lectures
“The Creative Process: an Artist’s Point of View”
Some points covered:
- The sources and the heroes that inspire and inform the work.
- The evolution and development of the work.
- Process effecting product- change the process and you change the product.
- The challenge of working large scale.
- Using glazes and the firing as part of the creative process– trial by fire.
- A way of working and a way of seeing. Is it mold or penicillin?
- The content and the personal expression in the work- finding your way.
“An Artist’s Journey: Finding One’s Way” A lecture of process and discovery
(50 to 60 Minutes)
Is it mold or is it penicillin? Seeing the potential is the genius.
Part One: Influences of, & being informed by: Contemporary Ceramic Artists
Part Two: Heroes: Architects & Painters
Louis Sullivan Willem De Kooning
Antoni Gaudi Franz Kline
Part Three: The Journey Begins
Early Work- Finding a Direction
- Thrown & Tarpaper Construction
- Salt Firing: Early to Late Work
- Stained Pieces & Stacking Method
- Multi-Firing A Way to Save
Part Four: Spreading My Wings
- Large Scale Construction- Risking Failure
- Room Temperature Finishes
- Black & White Series
- Wax-Resist- another opportunity for Discovery
- Copper Reds
Part Five: Part Five: Painting, Sculpture & Other Adventures
- A Mural, A Sun Dial, Bar Taps & Fountains
- East Meets West
- Recent work
“Efficient & Creative Kiln-Firing Practices”
(45-60 Minutes)I. The lecture will present ten Important concepts that, once understood, will make it possible for you to fire any gas kiln & achieve fuel efficiency, desirable effects, enhanced glaze quality, reduced mortality, & predictable results. The purpose of this lecture is to give you information (& hopefully understanding) about ten important concepts that will make it possible for you to have successful firings.
II. The Ten Concepts Are:
1. A basic understanding of the combustion process.2. What is?
- a. Perfect combustion
- b. Oxidation (excess air)
3. Using the CO2 analyzer as a tool to correlate flame color with combustion efficiency. Once this is learned the kiln can be fired without the CO2 analyzer.
4. Choosing the Kiln
- Design (Updraft vs. Downdraft)
- Burner options
- Open or closed
- Atmospheric or forced air
- Control gauges & safety systems
- Quantifying gas & air
- Safety systems
5. The importance of the damper for temperature & kiln-atmosphere control.
6. The exit flue temperature as it relates to available heat.
7. When to reduce & how much.
8. The importance of temperature in the formation of copper reds.
9. The importance of cooling in the formation of copper reds and mattness of the glazes.
10. The importance of cooling to avoid dunting issues.
“Intensive Throwing Workshop”
One to five-days depending on time available.How to dramatically improve your throwing, trimming, & decorating skills,
as well as expanding & developing the artistic quality & uniqueness in the work.
The structure of the course will be based on demonstrations, critiques, & one on one tutoring. 45 years of experience will be distilled into a working methodology, once learned, will serve you now & in years to come.
A greater understanding of the aesthetic & technical possibilities in the making & finishing of pottery will be our goal. Bring your enthusiasm & diligence & you will be rewarded with a new & expanded way of seeing & working. Satisfaction guaranteed.
One Day In-Service Teacher WorkshopProfessional development opportunity for art teachers.
The full day workshop would be in two sessions.
Morning Session: “Teachers As Artists: Finding a Way”.
I would need a large room with a digital projector & screen & I would do a power point presentation. I would ask each participant to bring examples of their work for a critique & encouragement. For this I will need several tables for the 3D work & some wall space to put up the 2D work.
This session can accommodate 30 to 40 teachers depending on space available.
Afternoon Session “Making A Japanese Tea Bowl: Zen & The Beauty of Imperfection”
For the second Session I would need a large classroom with clay, ceramic tools, digital projector, clay slips & small brushes. I will also need to talk to the ceramics instructor to explain my special needs. I will not need any potter’s wheels, as they will be doing it in the pinching method. It is open to any art teacher, 2D or 3D, as it is more about philosophy & attitude rather than acquired specific skills.