K12 Teacher Workshop with Karen Orsillo

Join artist Karen Orsillo to explore adding color to clay in order to create eye-catching patterns and gradations. Demonstrations will include methods for inlay, laminate, and solid block construction. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at these techniques with guidance from Karen. Methods of making and working with colored clay covered in the workshop will enable participants to gain the necessary skills to create small forms from colorful slabs and continue on to more complex patterns and designs. The group will also discuss firing and glazing choices.

April 2 & 3, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
General workshop fee: $310
Maine K-12 Art Educator fee: $65 


Workshop Details

  • The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Please arrive at the studio by 8:45 a.m. as instruction will begin promptly.  Watershed’s main campus address is: 19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME
  • Watershed will provide lunch. Gluten free and vegetarian diets can be accommodated.  Those with additional dietary needs may bring supplemental food that can be stored in the studio refrigerator or kitchen. 
  • Participants must agree to follow Watershed’s health & safety guidelines. Read them here.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, Watershed will provide participants with proof of contact hours. 


About Karen

My love of working with clay began in the late 1960’s. I received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. I have explored so many different ways to work with clay – and I enjoy it all – but in the mid 1970’s I discovered colored clay. This eventually became my main focus. For the past forty years I have been sharing my passion for clay through teaching classes and workshops as well as showing my work in galleries and at shows.



What to Bring

  • Favorite clay tools
  • Towel 
  • Work clothes and/or an apron
  • Notebook and writing utensil

Payments & Refunds

  • Payment is due online with registration.
  • Watershed can provide you with a receipt to submit for reimbursement.
  • Registration fees are refundable until 60 days prior to the workshop. For cancellations made fewer than 60 days prior to the workshop, the fee can be credited toward a program in the next calendar year.