Hands onWorkshops 2018​​

I sculpt beasts.  Layered with humor and personal symbolism, my creatures explore human relationships and the beast within us all.  This insanity is exhibited as large-scale sculptures

and limited miniature editions. 



*Sculpture - Building Beasts*

July 27th-29th 9AM-4PM​​​

Instructor: ​Brian Somerville

​Explore the beast within and make your craziest sketch a reality.  Students will learn to sculpt solid in clay on a custom armature.  Creations will be cut up, hollowed out and reassembled. 

By combining various carving techniques, molds,

and alternative materials, students can challenge themselves

and the boundaries of ceramic sculpture.
Tuition: $300​

Materials: $30

*Sculpture-The Figurative Shrine

August 13th-17th 9:30AM-4:00PM

​Instructor: Debra Fritts

Working from the imagination, the head and torso will be constructed using coils.  We will discuss ways on how the figure can be a holding place for sacred relics, a reliquary.

Detailed demo’s on building the form and facial features will be given.  Also surface treatments on unfired clay will be explored.

Chandra DeBuse incorporates playful discovery to create functional illustrated pottery in her Kansas City studio. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in 2010 and has completed artist residencies at Arrowmont, the Armory Art Center, Red Lodge Clay Center and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.  She was a presenter at the 2016 Utilitarian Clay Symposium and has led over 50 workshops across the United States.

Brian Somerville earned his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from Florida Atlantic University.  Brian has a studio in Burns, TN where most of his beasts are created.  He helps others explore their own beasts through hands-on workshops and live sculpting demonstrations.

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*Merging Handbuilding & Glass Casting*

June 4-8th 9AM-4PM

Instructor: Helen Otterson

​Students will work with Helen Otterson to create mixed-media sculptures in clay and glass. Helen will demonstrate how to hand-build small-scale, organic sculptures in clay using the ancient art of lost-wax glass casting. After completing this phase, students will then create a one-time use mold for reproduction in glass.

Helen will teach distinctive techniques for working with wax, plaster-silica mold making, and de-waxing molds, along with kiln processes and firing schedules for casting glass. 

Students should come with ideas and can expect to complete

1-2 small projects.

*Ceramics - Sketch & Stretch: Handbuilding and Surface Intensive*

July 7th-8th 9AM-4PM

Instructor: ​Chandra DeBuse 

In this two-day workshop, students will learn new ways of designing, building and illustrating functional pottery. Chandra will share how she translates sketches into three dimensional forms using simple and inexpensive materials, such as wood, bisqued clay and craft foam through soft slab handbuilding techniques.   
After forming 4-7 pieces, students will learn to create a layered, colorful surface through freehand drawing, underglaze inlay, brushwork, sgraffito, and texture and color.
This workshop will be suitable for beginning to advanced clay students. Anyone striving to develop a more cohesive relationship between form and surface in their own clay work will enjoy this workshop.

Exhibited thoughout the United States and internationally, Helen Otterson's ceramic and glass sculptures are part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Plains Art Museum. Her work has been published in 500 Sculptures and 500 Figures. Helen holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Miami and has been an Artist in Residence at the Northern Clay Center, International Ceramic Studio in Kecskeme't, Hungary, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

​​​​​Blackberry Hill Art Center 

Orford, NH

I hand build each sculpture, primarily using thick coils, and fire three to five times depending on the color and surface I am trying to achieve. I approach color on clay as a painter. My palette is a combination of oxides, slips, underglazes, and glazes. The form of the piece informs how I should approach the surface.