Potter Nicholas Joerling will be the guest artist at a summer arts workshop at Plymouth State University. The work shop, “Pots/Possibilities: Thrown and Altered Utilitarian Forms,” will run June 21 to 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A slide lecture will be held Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
Beginning with round pots coming from the wheel, participants will push, cut, coax and stretch these forms. The focus of the workshop will be utilitarian pots, but some liberties will be taken with that notion. Various ways of making handles and spouts will be explored. Additionally, slides and demonstrations will form the backdrop for discussion. Process is paramount, humor emphasized, and taking chances encouraged.
Joerling is a full-time studio potter from Penland, N.C. with a MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University. He is much in demand as a workshop presenter throughout the United States and has participated in national and international exhibits of ceramic art. Joerling says, “In my studio, what I hope for are pots that have qualities of compassion, humor, and risk.”
The workshop will be held in the ceramics studio in the Drapard & Maynard Building on Main Street. The PSU ceramics studio has 12 kick wheels and four electric wheels; participants are welcome to bring their own wheels.
The workshop is open to students, teachers, and practicing artists at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is available for either undergraduate or graduate credit, or on a non-credit basis. There are no prerequisites, but participants should have some prior experience with both throwing and hand-building techniques. A list of suggested tools and materials to bring will be forwarded to the registrants.
Tuition for the workshop is $400 for non-credit enrollment, $675 for in-state undergraduate, $735 for out-of-state undergraduate, $985 for in-state graduate, and $1,081 for out-of-state graduate. There is a $25 materials fee. The registration deadline is June 7.
On campus housing will be available. For pricing and availability, contact the Residential Life Office at (603) 535-2260.
For information, contact Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2734 or Lauren Dadmun at (603) 535-2373.