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Ceramics: Serving Dishes with Finesse

Skill Level: Clay enthusiasts with some throwing experience.

Friday, April 14 & Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Members: $450 | Non-Members: $500

Register for workshop here!

Top left: Lynnette Hesser, Long Leafy Rim Tray, 2022, ceramic; Bottom right: Steve Loucks, Pedestal Bowl with Thrown Rim, 2022, ceramic

Master ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks will begin by demonstrating techniques to make unique serving dishes and then help you make your own to serve your special occasion or favorite foods such as cheese balls, shrimp cocktail, asparagus, deviled eggs, or baked salmon. Learn how to alter basic bowl and plate forms by darting, stretching, and reforming them and then embellishing them with carvings, sprigs, lugs, and/or handles. We will demonstrate all the clay wheel and handbuilding techniques used and more, as well as, help each participant individually both days. Pieces may be either taken home unfired or left to be bisqued and picked up later.

Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are ceramic artists working in their studio in Wellington, Alabama. The husband/wife team has published, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development. Steve received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and Lynnette, from the University of Florida. Both have retired from teaching college ceramics and design. They teach workshops and create new work for exhibitions and shows. They have each won the Alabama State Craft Fellowship Individually and are published in The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook, Ceramics Monthly, and Pottery Analysis. Steve is active with NCECA, and they both are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Alabama Designer Craftsmen and volunteer for the Alabama Clay Conference. For more information, visit the artists’ websites: lynnettehesserceramics.com and stevelouckspottery.com.

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