Regis Speaks!

Regis Brodie is available for speaking/seminar engagements. Each session can be molded to fit your audience. Some topics and sample outlines include the following.

Please contact Regis for more information.

Seminar Suggestions and Topics:

Sample One

“The Creative Process: An Artist’s Point of View”

(50 to 60 Minutes)

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.

 Sample Two

“Efficient & Creative Kiln-Firing Practices”  

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. (60 Minutes)

Sample Three

“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.

Sample Four 

“One Day In-Service Teacher Workshop”

Professional development opportunity for art teachers. This workshop can accommodate 30 to 40 teachers depending on space available.

Morning Session: “Teachers As Artists: Finding a Way”

Afternoon Session: “Making A Japanese Tea Bowl:  Zen & The Beauty of Imperfection”

Sample Five

Critique Corner with Regis Brodie”

This 2 1/2- 3:00-hour mini-course will be conducted in a group critique format. Each person will receive individual, aesthetic and technical feedback on their work, and their working process, from their peers and master artist Regis Brodie. This class is an opportunity to have your work seen and discussed in a constructive and positive environment & by this, to improve technique, compositional issues & to open a better understanding of how to improve your work and to clarify your expression. (fee $40.00 per person)

Sample Six

“Mini-Workshop in Aesthetics: Design & Proportions for the Potter, Sculptor and/or Painter”

This workshop presents information on some of the most important mathematical ratios, proportions, elements & principles of design that have been used by artists, architects, & others, for thousands of years to create harmonious & beautiful objects.

Discription: This workshop is presented as a way for you to begin to better understand proportions, their aesthetic applications, design elements & principals & how to use this information to enlighten & to improve your work.

  • Phi, (F) the Golden Ratio:
    • Phi, a ratio of 1 to 1.618, & Golden Calipers
  • Mathematical associates & Dynamic Symmetry
    • Fibonacci Sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, & so on forever
    • Root Rectangles: √ 1 = 1, √ 2 = 1.41421, √ 3 = 1.7320, √ 4 = 2, etc.
  • Focal Points
    • Rule of thirds, Golden ratio, rabatment, & no focal point: These are compositional techniques used as an aid for the placement of objects or the division of space within a rectangular frame, vessel, or sculpture.
  • Elements & principles of design
  • Issues of Form & Surface (i.e. Glaze & other Surface treatments)

Sample Seven

Mini-Workshop Part I:  “What is a GlazeHow do I Glaze?” That is the Question


Sample Eight

Mini-Workshop Part II: “What is Clay?  What are Clay Bodies? How do I Fire It?”