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An introduction to basic pottery making, with the focus on making pieces to experiment with sawdust pit and raku firings. This two day workshop features slide shows, demonstrations, and the hands-on interactive experience of making ceramic pots, building kilns, and alternative firings. During the first weekend, participants will start with their hands in the clay, molding and sculpting simple pinch pot forms, 4-5 pieces each. The same day, the group will build the Pioneer Works Pit and Raku kilns. The following weekend, participants will return to glaze their pieces, fire the kilns, and witness the beautiful effects of the flame, carbonization and fuming on their pots. Open to all experience levels.

Demetria Chappo is a Brooklyn-based artist and ceramist making hand-sculpted and wheel thrown homewares, decor, wall hangings and sculptures with an emphasis on intricate surface details, organic and architectural form, and universal symbolism. Drawn to the tactile nature of clay, texture and surface design are relevant to her work.

Originally from Louisiana, she received a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah and currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She began her ceramic practice while in Utah, and after moving in New York City, her passion turned to clay. She has exhibited her work in galleries and sells across the US and internationally. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, San Francisco Magazine, among others. Passionate about sharing the craft, she teaches workshops and ceramics classes and has had a weekly children’s clay class for the last five years.

Nicholas Newcomb is a Brooklyn-based Potter, Designer and Artist. His daily work focuses on traditional ceramic design and production techniques – primarily making tableware and home accessories with an emphasis on design and functionality. Pieces range from casual table settings to sculptural plant pods, home accent pieces and high-end lighting.

Nicholas and his Studio Assistant utilize a variety of production techniques; nearly all of his wares are both slip-cast and wheel-thrown, resulting in a finished piece that is both traditional and unique. Nicholas considers himself fortunate to have worked and studied with many artists and great influences, including renowned ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu. Her creative spirit is a guiding light in his day to day work to create unique and meaningful art.