Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
November 2-4 and 16-18, 2018

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292

"Ceramics: Serve with Finesse"
April 5-6, 2019

Come watch master ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks demonstrate some of their clay wheel and handbuilding skills and techniques making unique serving dishes and then make your own to serve your special occasion or favorite foods. Learn how to alter basic bowl forms by darting, stretching, and reforming them and then embellishing with carvings, sprigs, and/or handles. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are ceramic artists working in their studio in Wellington, Alabama. The husband/wife team has just published, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development. Loucks received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and Hesser, from the University of Florida. Visit and
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks
Cost: $325 Museum members/ $350 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372

"Open Studios"
November thru April

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Community Clay"
Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30pm

A special weekly open studio for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting. Handbuilding areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. A facilitator is present, but no formal instruction is provided - just a fun and productive time in the studio making pottery with others. If you are new to ceramics or Peninsula School of Art’s ceramic studios, we encourage you to request an orientation session by calling PenArt - membership not required. Topics covered are: equipment basics, safety, maintenance and cleaning, firing options, and the vocabulary of the ceramic medium. Techniques include slab-rolling and handbuilding, throwing a simple bowl on the wheel, and decorating your bowl with underglazes.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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