Workshops at EarthworksNYC offer a chance to focus intently on one form or technique, such as decorating with colored slips, or weaving a basket from coils of clay. They are usually a short format – one or two sessions – and are useful as an introduction to a new idea or as an intensive exploration, free from distraction.
Earthwork's Fall wood fire workshop takes place at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey. Potters load their artworks on first day then load wood 24 hours a day through the weekend
Click for our photos from the firing.
If you feel like some of our glazes are trickier to use than others, you would be correct! Focusing on earthworks trickier glazes only. With a bit of experimenting and a observation, you can master these “tricky glazes”!
Throwing & Altering
Transform wheel-thrown round shapes into oval casseroles, darted vases – and more. Learn how to cut, stretch and manipulate the clay to create dynamic forms that are not bound by symmetry.
‘Majolica’ decorated pottery has moved through history from Mesopotamia to Moorish Spain to today's EarthworksNYC. In summer we switch to low-fire Terracotta, the ideal medium for majolica decoration. Glossy, opaque majolica glaze is very viscous and moves very little during firing. This allows us to treat our pots as ‘canvas’, painting finely detailed and colorful designs that emerge from firing with every line intact!
Raku is a centuries-old firing technique that originated in Japan for the creation of Tea Ceremony wares. The process is thought to embody the Zen spirit, and is all about embracing the unexpected. Considering the fact that Raku-fired work is not food safe, and it doesn't even hold water, you may ask why we continue to fire this way. The answer is simple: the Raku process lets us experience first-hand the amazing transformation of elements as earth (clay) turns into an object with the help of fire and water! Taking part in a raku firing will give you a deeper understanding of our materials and process… plus, it's really, really fun! The only thing predictable about Raku is… surprise!
In past workshops we have made and bisqued fired our work at EarthworksNYC, then driven together to the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest, NJ, for the firing, using their Raku glazes and kilns.