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Friday, September 15 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 17 @ 4:00 pm


Matthew Schiemann, Eric Botbyl and Todd Pletcher

—— PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Irma, the Handle with Care Workshop is postponed indefinitely. Our thoughts are with Matt Schiemann, his family, and all those affected by the storms. ——

September 15-17, 2017

The “Handle with Care” workshop will focus on combining the elements of line, volume, form and texture to create dynamic functional wheel thrown pottery. Participants in this workshop will learn a variety of different forming methods such as altering wheel thrown objects, pulling handles, incorporating attachments and optimizing the functionality of an object from 3 unique perspectives.

Questions on aesthetics will be addressed (proportions, balance, line, integration, etc.) during the demonstration and how to resolve these complications.

Matt, Eric, and Todd will share their combined experiences on a myriad of topics: transitioning from academia to the real world, developing a personal body of work, graduate school, residencies, apprenticeships, wholesale, retail, craft shows, approaching galleries, choosing the appropriate clay body and glazes, how to effectively set up your studio, packing and shipping, marketing through social media. These demonstrations and discussions will help to motivate the participants and get them excited to be back in the studio. Learn to handle your pots, as well as every aspect of your life in clay, with the appropriate care it deserves.

Participants should bring bisque cups (rated to cone 10) to be fired in the Pewabic soda kiln. The workshop will kick off with a soda firing. While the kiln cools participants will work hands on with instructors on throwing, altering, decorating, trimming, and a variety of handle techniques. The workshop will conclude with the unloading of the soda kiln.


4-9 PM Friday, September 15

Meet the artists, intro to workshop/studio and soda kiln loading

10 AM-6 PM, Saturday, September 16

Workshop, soda kiln firing, wet clay demos

12 – 4 PM, Sunday, September 17

Workshop, trimming and handle demos, soda kiln unloading

About the Instructors:

Matthew Schiemann is a second generation potter and manager at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg Florida. Known for his strong forms and dramatic woodfired surfaces, Schiemann shows his work internationally. Matt is an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College and a frequent contributor to Ceramics Monthly and PMI.

Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter, living and working in Humboldt, TN. Known for his highly textured surfaces and bulbous forms, Eric received the Best Thrown and Altered award at the Strictly Functional Pottery National in 2016. Eric and his wife, Jill, own and operate Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over a thirty nationally recognized ceramic artists.

Todd Pletcher is an American studio potter from Goshen, Indiana, currently living and working in Australia. Known for his wavy rims and curvaceous forms, Pletcher is the current AIR at TAFE in Sydney. Todd was 2016 emerging artist for Ceramics Monthly and shows his work internationally.


Pewabic Pottery
10125 Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 United States
(313) 626-2000

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