Lee Arts Workshops Spring 2018

REGISTER:  By Phone:  703-228-0560 or 703-228-0558

INFORMATION:  703-228-0560, or email Steven Muñoz, Director, Lee Arts Center  

 2017-2018 registration form pdf

2017-2018 registration form Word

Altered Forms & Expressive Surfaces for Functional Pottery with Ben Carter

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Sunday, March 25, 2018; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $200.00 LAC Members: $190.00

This hands-on workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques. During the workshop he will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at mid-range temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions on effective social media use for marketing will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice.

Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was recently named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. To view an online portfolio of his functional pottery please visit www.carterpottery.com

Ceramics Workshop with Sunshine Cobb


Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017 10 am - 4 pm
Non-Members: $200.00 | LAC Members: $190.00

Demonstration Workshop

The foundation of Sunshine Cobb’s work is closely associated with traditions of historical ceramics integrating contemporary themes. Join us for this 2-day demonstration workshop as she talks about inspiration and how abstract concepts make their way into her work, and how to foster similar insertion into your own creative practice. Sunshine’s demonstration will motivate you to experiment with new and old forms and methods of construction. Her workshop is geared toward creative expansion, and encourages students who attempt to use these new and old hand building techniques to embrace a process-over-product mentality. She will focus on ways this approach resonates with beginning students (just discovering what the boundaries are within ceramics), all the way up to advanced professionals who have worked within boundaries for years. Not all boundaries are bad, but knowing how to open them illuminates endless possibilities. Her demonstration will include coil and pinch methods to hard and soft slab construction to generate the various components she uses to construct her pots. She will speak to the building of surface through the making process and discuss the glaze and surface treatment of her work.

Sunshine is working as a potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. She graduated with a BA in Studio Art from CSU at Sacramento. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University.  In 2013, she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She was a ceramic resident for a period of time after graduate school most notably a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT (2012-2014). In 2015, after running a successful crowdsourcing campaign to fund a studio set up, she launched Sidecar Studios, a studio for ceramic artists and other creative community activities. She is currently focusing on developing lines of functional ware and developing her studio business.

Clay as Canvas:  Approaches to Form and Surface with Shanna Fleigel