​​​​​Blackberry Hill Art Center 

Orford, NH

 2019 Hands onWorkshops 

*​Detailed workshop information below*
(​Be sure to scroll all the way down!)

Glass Casting Techniques –

Integrating Glass & Ceramic Sculpture
July 26th-28th 2019 9:30-4PM

Instructor: Helen Otterson 

Tuition: $450

​In this three-day workshop, students will work with Helen Otterson to create glass features to enhance sculptures.

Helen will demonstrate how to develop small-scale, organic glass sculpture enhancements using molds and the ancient art of

lost-wax glass casting. Students will 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 with firing schedules and kiln loading for casting glass.  

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 work is created. Brian has experience utilizing a variety of materials including but not limited to wood, plaster, cardboard, wire, styrofoam, fiber, and found objects.

Brian helps others explore their own creative ideas through hands-on workshops and live sculpting demonstrations.

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Sculpture - The Human Animal Connection

August 26th-30th 2019 ​9:30-3:30PM

Instructor: Debra Fritts

Tuition: $800

Lunches Included

Combining the human and the animal images, a form will be constructed using basic hand building techniques.  We will explore ways of developing personal symbols to allow the piece to have meaning and metaphor. After construction, the surfaces will be treated with dry clays, engobes and underglazes. Demos include construction techniques and a painterly approach to the wet surface.​

“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.”

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Ceramics - Sketch & Stretch:

Handbuilding & Surface Intensive
July 19th-21st 9:30AM-4PM
Instructor: ​Chandra DeBuse 
Tuition: $450

In this three-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, 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.

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.

Helen Otterson holds an MFA from the University of Miami and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. In addition, she has been an artist-in-residence at numerous institutions including the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, and the Association A.I.R Vallauris, Vallauris, France. Her work is published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works and 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. Combining clay and glass, her work is “a hybrid of human cells and plant forms that share the pursuit of survival and beauty of natural form”.

Exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, Helen's ceramic and glass sculptures are part of the permanent collections at the Mulvane Art Museum and the Plains Art Museum. 

“Capitalizing on nature’s fractal patterns, I create organic forms that repeat, yet change and are similar, yet distinctive from nature. Creating forms with fluid movement, I combine materials such as clay, glass or bronze, to capture the beauty of nature’s organic form. 
My palette is heavily influenced by the colors found in nature.”


Sculpture - Building Solid:

Hollowing, Carving & Mixed Media 
August 9th-11th 2019 9:30-4PM

Instructor: Brian Somerville

Tuition: $450

​In this three-day workshop, Brian will be discussing using a multitude of sculptural process techniques including but not limited to additive, subtractive, constructive, mold making, casting, and assemblage methods. We will explore ideas developed within and

ways to make your craziest sketch a reality.  

Brian will be working on a smaller demo to allow for more time in hollowing, carving and mixed media aspects of his work during this hands on workshop. 

Students will learn to sculpt solid in clay on a custom armature.  Creations will be cut up, hollowed out and reassembled.

Students can bring alternative materials and challenge themselves and the boundaries of ceramic sculpture.