Narrative Maiolica Painting with Michelle Im

Join Michelle Im on a journey into low fire ceramics. Participants will learn about the curious history of Maiolica painting technique – where it comes from and how it has moved through various parts of the world. Emulating this historical tradition, Michelle will guide participants through a version of Maiolica painting technique utilizing bright colorful stains. Participants will learn how to mix stains and apply them on glaze coated bisque ware in a painterly style. While the subject matter will be up to the participants, Michelle will demonstrate her process in how she creates intricate patterns achieving rich surfaces from idea to execution. Participants will sketch and bring their own narrative alive through this surface decoration technique.

Dates: November 8-10, 2024
Fee: $410 (includes breakfast, lunch & clay)
Optional Housing: $65/night double room; $90/night single room



About Michelle

Michelle Im (b. Atlanta, GA) is a Korean-American ceramic artist based in Queens, NY. She is an award recipient of the Teaching Artist Cohort, Center for Craft (2023); Emerging Artist Cohort, American Craft Council (2022); and Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist (2022). Her residencies and fellowships include Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Guest Artist, 2023); Penland School of Craft (Distinguished Fellowship, 2023); and Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Visiting Artist, 2022). Im has exhibited at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN (2023); Friends Artspace, Arlington, VA (2022); Swivel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2023); Strada, New York, NY (2023); Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY (2023); and Wing on Wo & Co, New York, NY (2019). She holds a BA in Biological Sciences & Art from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and she is a faculty member at Greenwich House Pottery.

Workshop Details & Schedule

Daily Schedule:
Friday, November 8: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10: 9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Please arrive at the studio by 8:45 a.m. each day; instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. The group will break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • The workshop fee includes clay to use during the workshop session. Individual workspace and shelving will be provided. Workshop participants should plan to bring their own tools and packing material to transport greenware home. See below for a full list of materials.
  • Participants must agree to follow Watershed’s health & safety guidelines. Read them here.

Housing & Meals

Watershed provides continental breakfast Friday-Sunday and lunch on Friday and Saturday during the workshop. Vegetarian and gluten free  diets can be accommodated. Those with additional dietary needs are welcome to bring supplemental food to store and prepare in Watershed’s studio kitchenette.

Workshop participants make their own dinner arrangements. Various restaurants and take-out options are accessible via car.

On-Campus Housing

Watershed offers housing in single occupancy or double occupancy rooms furnished with twin beds. Single occupancy rooms are $90/night and double rooms are $65/night. Those who would like to reserve housing may do so with their registration.

Bathroom facilities are shared but can be used by one person at a time, much like a bathroom in a home. Participants must bring their own sheets, blankets, and bath towels. Pillows and mattress pads are provided. 

Housing is limited; participants requesting housing and will be assigned rooms on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those staying overnight at Watershed from November 8th through November 10th should arrive between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the 25th to check in and be shown to their room.

Those staying at Watershed only on November 9th and 10th should go directly to the studio on the morning of the 8th. Watershed staff will show you to your room during the midday workshop break.

Participants may also elect to stay off campus.

What to Bring

For all workshop participants: 

  • A variety of bisqued pieces to glaze (low fire terra cotta clay is best)
  • Metal Rib
  • Metal knife
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
  • 5-8 different colored stains
  • small jars to store each stain mixture
  • Milk frother
  • Plastic to protect painted pieces to transport home to fire

For those staying on campus:

  • Sheets for a twin bed
  • A blanket, comforter, or sleeping bag suitable for a twin bed
  • Bath towel and toiletries

Payments & Refunds

The workshop fee and any housing fees are due in full with your registration.

If you need to drop out of the workshop, Watershed will refund your fees, less a $50 processing fee, until 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. For cancellations made after March 28, fees are non-refundable but can be applied to a future Watershed program within the next calendar year.