Workshop: Focus on the Basics

This hands-on workshop will cover the fundamentals of wheel throwing and glazing for ceramic art educators who want to brush up on their skills and refine their techniques. Teaching artist Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works and Watershed’s Studio Manager, Reed Fahnestock, will share tips and techniques to refresh your practice and improve your instructional approaches.
Wheel throwing will focus on centering, pulling simple cylinders and bowl shapes, trimming, and preparing work for firing. Instructors will demo throwing techniques that can be used in the classroom while offering individualized instruction appropriate for the skills and interests of the workshop participants.
During the glazing portion of the workshop, instructors will share the wonders of terra sigillata and also discuss best practices for working with a variety of glazes and glaze applications — including wax resist, latex resist and water etching — to create a variety of dynamic designs. 
This workshop is for Maine K-12 ceramic art educators. While the workshop does focus on fundamentals, it is not appropriate for novices.  Experience throwing on the wheel and working with glaze is a prerequisite. 

Date: Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hallowell Clay Works 157 Water St., Hallowell, ME
Registration Fee:
$25.00 (includes lunch and materials)
Contact hours will be provided by Watershed for this workshop.


 About the Workshop Leaders

Wm. Reeder Fahnestock is the studio manager at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Among his many duties, Reed acts as an interface between the residents and the facilities by maintaining the kilns and equipment, stocking materials and providing safety and technical information and oversight for studio staff. He also oversees building and grounds maintenance, facilitates community firings, and leads several glaze and kiln-firing workshops every year. A Midwesterner by birth, Reed received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA Kansas State University where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda, Anna Calluori Holcombe and Dr. Glen Brown. During graduate school, he taught beginning and advanced ceramics, among other courses. He was the inaugural artist in residence at Pinon Hill Pottery in La Veta, Colorado and was an artist in residence for two years at Pope Valley Pottery in the Napa Valley in California.
Malley Weber has been teaching ceramics for over 25 years.  She teaches Ceramic Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta and owns and operates Hallowell Clay Works, a community clay studio and craft gallery in Hallowell, ME. She is a teaching artist for both the Maine Arts Commission and for Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She’s passionate about using local resources and promoting the use of local clay. Malley holds an MFA-IA (Interdisciplinary Arts) and is also studying for her MSW with a special interest in sensorimotor education and neural pathway repair through working with the hands.